PESHAWAR - Speakers at a seminar on 'World Autism Day' on Sunday stressed the need for creating awareness among people about causes, symptoms and early treatment of autism.

The seminar was aimed at increasing people's awareness about autism. Autism is a brain disorder that often makes it hard to communicate with and relate to others. With autism, the different areas of the brain fail to work together.

The seminar was organized by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar (SBBWUP) in collaboration with PASTIC-Pakistan Scientific & Technology Information Center Peshawar titled "Causes, Symptoms and Early Treatment of Autism".

Advisor to Chief Minister on Social Welfare Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani was the chief guest on the occasion.

The speakers said that most people with autism will always have some trouble relating to others. But autism tends to run in families, so experts think it may be something that one can inherit. Scientists are trying to find out exactly which genes may be responsible for passing down autism in families.

Advisor to CM Dr. Mehar Taj Roghan enlightened the audience about autism and stressed on working for disabled people. Moreover, she pinpointed the negligent attitude of society towards disabled and stressed upon changing it by providing a facilitative environment for the disabled.

Dr. Syeda Kaniz Fatima Haider, Psychologist / Principal Home Economics College Peshawar, explained autism to be a genetic neurological disorder and emphasized on providing a better environment to autistic children in order to make them fel as a part of normal society.

Dr. Muhammad Irfan, Assistant Professor Psychiatry Department, Peshawar Medical College, gave a presentation on autism, its causes, characteristics and effective approaches to treatment. He elaborated common symptoms of Autistic children, their deviated and anti-social behaviour and activities.

Prof. DR. Razia Sultana, Vice Chancellor, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar, gave brief history of SBBWUP and its achievements in short span of time.