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Autism in Africa: Researchers and Disability Activists Meet in Ethiopia
Tue, 11 Feb 2020 - 07:30

African researchers and disability activists met for three days in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to talk about ‘advocacy-driven research’ and ‘research-informed advocacy’, focussing on autism and other developmental disabilities.

The ESDM team: We did it!
Tue, 17 Dec 2019 - 07:30

The first ever Early Start Denver Model training took place in Africa. Dr Nokuthula Shabalala, a trainer on the course, reports back.

10th Child Health Priorities Conference in Potchefstroom
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 - 15:45

The 10th Child Health Priorities Conference took place at the North West University in Potchefstroom. Dr Precious Motsepe – doctor, public health professional and First Lady of South Africa opened the event.

8th International forum, Moscow - 'every child deserves a family'
Sun, 27 Oct 2019 - 14:15

This years 8th International forum was hosted in Moscow by the Naked Heart Foundation. Dr Liezl Schlebusch, from the Centre for Autism Research in Africa at UCT was one of the invited international speakers.

TSC-Associated Neuropsychiatric disorders
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 - 16:00

In a Podcast by the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, host Dan Klein talks to Department of Psychiatry and Mental Healths Professor Petrus de Vries. They discuss tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-associated neuropsychiatric disorders, otherwise known as TAND.

Invitation to ESDM workshop
Sun, 04 Aug 2019 - 13:15

You are invited to attend a one-day Introductory Workshop on the Early Start Denver Model Workshop (ESDM), an early intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Bloemfontein.

CARA researchers shine at the South African Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals Conference in Johannesburg, May 2019
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 - 11:30

The majority of CARA members were involved in the recent South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals (SA-ACAPAP) biennial congress held in Johannesburg in May 2019. The congress theme of ‘sustaining development’ along with many renowned international and local speakers allowed for a range of topics to be covered, including stimulating keynote addresses on planning the future of child and adolescent psychiatry as well as the role of child rights in Africa.

Workshop for Emerging Child and Adolescent Mental Health Researchers in Africa
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 - 11:15

Thanks to funding support from the African Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 15 emerging child and adolescent mental health researchers participated in a one-day research training workshop in Johannesburg on the 23rd May 2019. The emerging researcher workshop was held in conjunction with the 20th congress of the South African Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SA-ACAPAP). Participants included psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and social scientists from South Africa, Nigeria and Uganda.

Training of Master Trainers on the World Health Organization’s Caregiver Skills Training programme for autism and related disabilities
Tue, 21 May 2019 - 11:45

Most children with autism and other developmental disabilities live in low- and middle-income countries; however, disability-related services for these children and their families are often lacking. To address this need, the World Health Organization developed a Caregiver Skills Training programme (WHO CST) for caregivers of young children with developmental disabilities. This programme is specifically designed with low-resource settings in mind and aims to train non-specialist facilitators from the community to deliver the intervention. During the 12-week programme, facilitators meet weekly with a group of caregivers to talk about everyday strategies that will help caregivers to promote their child's development. The programme also focuses on caregiver wellbeing and aims to reduce stigma, which is often associated with having a child with a disability. Click here to read more about this project in South Africa.

Global TSC project receives funding award
Sat, 06 Apr 2019 - 14:15

Prof de Vries andi his global team has just been awarded substantial funding for the TANDem Project (Epowering Families through Technology: a mobile–health  project to reduce the TAND identification and treatment gap).

April is World Autism Awareness Month
Tue, 02 Apr 2019 - 21:30

2 Aril is World Autism Awareness Day and April is World Autism Awareness Month. This is a special day and month set aside when Member States of the United Nations are encouraged to take active measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.

The 2nd International Meeting on the World Health Organisation's Caregiver Skills Training Programme
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 12:30

Dr Liezl Schlebusch and Ms Sandy Klopper (director of Autism South Africa) attended the 2nd International Technical Consultation and Coordination Meeting on the World Health Organisation's Caregiver Skills Training Programme for families of children with developmental disabilities.