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National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM)

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About Us

The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) is a society formed in 1986 by a group of parents and professionals with the aim to deliver lifespan services to the community of persons suffering from autism.

It was registered on 3rd March 1987 as a national charitable organisation and it strives to provide a range of support services to assist people living with autism, especially children and their immediate family members.

Our Vision

An inclusive society where people with autism can reach their full potential, participate in their communities, and lead a meaningful life with dignity.

Our Mission

Working together with members, stakeholders and beneficiaries to improve the quality of life for people with autism and their families through programmes, services, resources, knowledge and social innovation, and promoting the rights and opportunities for people with autism

Our Objectives

To identify and promote the treatment, education, welfare and acceptance of people with autism

To provide assistance and advice to families of people with autism

To watch over and protect the people with autism

To be a useful resource in the study, research and development of methodologies, therapies and treatment of autism and related disorders

Our People

A non-governmental organisation, NASOM has thirteen Board Members. Day to day administration and operations are headed by the Chief Executive and supported by a staff force of more than 150 staff members inclusive of teachers.

Ask The Experts

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    How can I find out if my/my child’s case is genetic? Can we tell which side of the family the autism came from?

    Generally if you wanted to find out whether your child’s condition is inherited, you can run a full genetic test to figure out whether there is abnormalities in the gene.  However, even though there are strong evidence show that Autism might genetic related but clinical experiment would not likely able to create easily.  Furthermore, there are many parents who has no family history of learning difficulties may also at risk to has a child with Autism.  Therefore, at present, Malaysia still be conservative about genetic test to make diagnosis due to obstacle like technical and experts.

    Even though you has run a genetic test and it shows no sign of autism, it does not mean that you are not at risk to have Autism.  Behaviour observation diagnosis still the main and most accessible  test for diagnosis.

    How can I be sure vaccines have nothing to do with autism?

    Because the vaccines does not “create” autism.  Autism is a condition where the development of the brain has not perfect and further affect the process of information by the brain.  So, the vaccines has no evidence to affect the development of the brain.

    If there is no autism epidemic, why do the autism statistics just keep climbing?

    I think the number does has strong relationship to the public awareness among parents, clinicians, and teachers.  Public awareness is very important to create awareness and further contribute to the blooming of Early Interventions Programmes.  If a child able to diagnose in early age, the possibility of having a more independent life of a autism individual is higher, so it pushes the clinicians to have a better knowledge of it and further contribute to the statistic.

    Another possible reasons to explain the increasing of cases is the current life style of strong dependents on gadgets and less physical interaction between people.  Many studies show that if a child start using gadgets in early age (0 to 4 year), it is very harmful to the development of child’s social skills, communication skills, and learning.  The situation will make a child display many autism-like behaviour.

    Why is it hard for people with autism to communicate?

    Autism is a spectrum or a condition that is caused by abnormal neurological development.  The abnormal development of the central nervous system (CNS), which controls all aspect of learning, thinking and movement will prevent people with autism to learn and function in the world.

    In most times, people with autism will have delays in speech and language development.  The delays could be caused by various reasons.  The abnormalities of CNS development may effect the way autistic people perceive the world and also the way to process information from the surrounding environment.  Imagine if the way you process information is different from others around you, of course you will face difficulties to understand and communicate with others.

    What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

    Asperger’s Syndrome is one of the categories under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  People with Asperger’s Syndrome share same characteristics under the category of ASD.  They have difficulties in communication, the way to relate to other persons and will have repetitive ritual and behaviours as people with ASD do.

    They may have communication difficulties in the following i.e. 2-way conversation with other persons, keeping in topic, having a sense of humour, recognising facial or vocal expressions of others etc.

    They will also have difficulties in relating to people, such as relationships with other persons in group, the meaning of friendship, other persons point of views, being able to adapt to changes etc.

    They also will have some repetitive routines or rituals, such as attachment to certain objects or sense, they are averse to sudden changes and are not flexible when it comes to organising work with a perfectionist attitude etc.

    What is Autism? How Autism looks like?

    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life.

    ASD affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

    Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviours and is a “spectrum disorder”, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.  ASD is a developmental condition affecting the way the brain processes information. It occurs in varying levels of severity and is a lifelong condition.

    What are the reason that should alert me to do an assessment regarding ASD?

    If your child….

    1. Child shows any developmental delays, such as late in speech and language development or immature playing pattern.
    2. Child shows unusual repetitive behaviours, such as lining up objects, has repeated odd motor movement, or difficult to adapt to changes.

    C.      Teachers report that the child has learning behaviour issues, such as less concentrate, poor in follow instructions or verbal communication, leave place without permission, or disturb the process of teaching.

    What should I do if I address my child’s unusual behaviour similar to ASD?
    When you address your child shows unusual behaviour that looks very likely to ASD, you can refer your child to consult a child paediatrician for Autism specific assessment to clarify your child conditions.  You can also contact NASOM Setia Alam for Autism assessment.  Next, you would need to consider an Early Intervention Program (EIP) according to your child’s needs.  The EIP should including Behaviour Intervention Program, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and another program as the child needed.