NWU sheds light on Autism

Johan Van Zyl -- Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:04

NWU sheds light on Autism

The Institute for Psychology and Wellbeing at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus will, from 4-8 April, put their focus on the awareness of autism, as part of World Autism Month.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. ASD is a developmental disability and people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people.

The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely impaired. Some people with ASD need high support (a lot of help and intensive intervention) while others need low support.

Autism spectrum disorder is characterised, in varying degrees, by:
•    difficulties in social interaction,
•    verbal and nonverbal communication,
•    repetitive behaviours and
•    differences in sensory perception.

Autism South Africa match the colour blue to their national campaign and as part of the support of this campaign, the main building of the Potchefstroom Campus will be coloured with blue lights for a few nights. Make sure to follow the NWU-Pukke Facebook page for more information about the campaign.

The Institute for Psychology and Wellbeing plans an Autism Symposium to be held at the Potchefstroom Campus on 20 and 21 May. For more information, Hanlie Degenaar can be contacted on 018 299 1739 or hanlie.degenaar@nwu.ac.za