Senior Correspondent bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-04-06 01:55:25 BdST
Saima Wazed Hossain, who spearheads mental health issues, compiled and edited the book styled ‘Unique Glimpses’.
The book was launched at the assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Dhaka on Tuesday, said a statement.
Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury were also present at the ceremony, among others.
It usually appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.
Those children cannot pick up self-care tasks – dressing, self-feeding, using the toilet and others – by watching and imitating. They do not make eye-to-eye contact and have a single-track thought process.
They show talents in a specific field such as music and paintings.
Saima, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, brought the autism issue to the fore in Bangladesh by hosting a regional conference in 2O11.
She is also an US-licensed school psychologist.
WHO also awarded her in September 2014 with ‘Excellence in Public Health Award’, recognising that she had put autism on WHO’s map. She is also a member of the WHO expert panel on mental health.
This year before World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, WHO announced her as ‘WHO Champion for Autism’ in South East Asia Region.