“Journeys: Autism & Adolescence” took place on 23rd April 2009 (Thursday) at Dewan Hospital Mesra Bukit Padang, Sabah.

Adolescence can be a difficult time for children and their parents. A diagnosis on the autism spectrum can make the journey harder and more complex.

Adolescence is a time of transitions and change.  Anyone who has a child or student with Autism knows that transitions are when problems are most likely to emerge.  Adolescence is one of the biggest transitions in a person’s life.  This seminar focuses on issues surrounding adolescence for children with Autism. The main objective is to help parents and teachers understand and manage these challenging years in the child’s journey into adulthood. The goal is to help those who care for children with Autism to be better prepared for some of the challenges that come with adolescence.

Speakers and Topics:

Dr. Norhayati Nordin –  Child  & Adolescence Psychiatrist, Hospital Mesra Bukit Padang, Kota Kinabalu
Topics: (1) Mood Changes in Adolescence, and (2) Sexuality

Ms June Kuo – Occupational Therapist
Topic: Age-Appropriate Skills of Daily Living / Leisure Activities for Adolescence With Autism

Roslee Bin Haji Abbas – Chairperson, Persatuan C.H.I.L.D. Sabah
Topic: Stress Management And Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step. … Join us in the journey.”