INSAR Board Members, David G. Amaral (Journal Editor) and Petrus J. de Vries along with 34 scientists and others from around the world have contributed to a Commentary in the INSAR Journal - Autism Research focused on COVID-19 and Autism Research.
Prof Petrus de Vries from the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UCT, joined the ‘Kwela’ team on television for an awareness-raising programme about tics and Tourette’s.
The Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing (North-West University) with ASA and the South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions will be hosting the 5th National Autism & SA-ACAPAP Symposium on the 25th - 27th June 2020.
Prof Petrus de Vries recently presented a lecture on Autism in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lecture was presented to staff at the Red Cross Children's Hospital and was recorded on Zoom.
Amore Bekker, presenter on RSG, speaks to Prof Petrus de Vries in two podcasts. They cover the challenges parents and children experience during this time of COVID-19. They also explore alcohol misuse in parents and the impact on children. The podcasts are in Afrikaans.
World Autism Day (2nd April 2020) puts the spotlight on the challenges that people with Autism and others living with Autism face every day. Here a selection of journal articles are presented by Emerald Publishing. These are free to access till 17th April, 2020.
Amore Bekker, presenter on RSG, speaks to Prof Petrus de Vries about the challenges parents and children experience during this time of COVID-19. The podcast is in Afrikaans.
There is an increasing amount of information available relating to coronavirus and COVID-19. In a socially responsive effort to provide credible, relevant and useful information a list of resources, articles and websites are provided below. They are broadly compiled into 3 groupings: 1) Managing mental health 2) Children, adolescents, and parenting (including Autism related) 3) Credible, updated information sources.
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 first ever Early Start Denver Model training took place in Africa. Dr Nokuthula Shabalala, a trainer on the course, reports back.
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.
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.