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Unlocking the spectrum: Understanding Autism’s diverse world  

Dr. Melanie du Preez

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of neurodevelopmental conditions that affect social communication, behaviour, and sensory experiences. Symptoms range from social challenges to sensory sensitivities, and possible causes include genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Early intervention, individualized education, sensory and communication support, and promoting inclusion, and empathy are essential for individuals with ASD. For more information, contact Autism South Africa, South African Autism Community (SAAC), or Inclusive Education South Africa (IESA).

This post is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered therapy. This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental Health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393. 

This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.