The Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago

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Teresina Sieunarine

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In this paper the author outlines some of the problems faced by families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder and the role played by the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago in assisting families to cope with this puzzling, heartbreaking and challenging neurobiological disorder. The prevalence of autism worldwide is high and now affects 1 child in 100 in the USA. In 2008 the United Nations designated every 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day.

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Teresina Sieunarine

Tutor, Disability Studies Programme. Founding President of the Autistic Society of Trinidad and Tobago. Masters degree in Education (The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago); Advanced Diploma in Education and Psychology of children with special educational needs.