<p><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: arial, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">The prevalence of a</span>utism has significantly increased around the world in
the last decade or so. To create awareness about this issue, The Aga Khan University Hospital organised a Session on Behaviour Management of Children with Autism led by guest speaker Ms. Charlotta Holenstein, MSc. who is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst specialises in Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour. </p><p>The event was organised by the Mind and Brain Child Learning and Behaviour Services Team. The session focused Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and the latest behavioral and therapeutic techniques. The session started with an introduction about the program by Dr Sana Younus who is a Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Aga Khan University Hospital. </p><p>Then, Ms. Mariya Moochhala, a Clinical Psychologist spoke about the prevalence of autism in Pakistan and the steps which can be taken to combat autism.</p><p>There was a special talk by a parent; Ms. Urooj Hasan who is a Registered Behaviour Technician and facilitates a monthly Autism Support Group at Aga Khan University Hospital. The speaker emphasised upon the importance of parental training and encouraged parents to attend focus groups for support.</p><p>Different topics related to mental health, epilepsy and learning disabilities were discussed. </p><p>The Aga Khan University Hospital conducted this public awareness session to impact education, and provide information on autism and the ways to manage it.