Conference Information


Date: 23-24 March 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Conference Objective


  • To share and learn the best practices for regional and international level developments
  • Example: Reattach a new schema therapy for the autism treatments that are becoming popular since the practical research has been rewarded with Clinical Neuropsychiatry Awards.
  • To promote collaborations and partnerships for development of effective and sustainable programs.
  • Cooperate with companies or organizations on accepting ASD individuals.
  • Motivations for working parents who have ASD children.
  • Learn how to live with a partner with ASD.
  • Learn and understand ASD.
  • To encourage a better understanding of the differences between Asperger's Disorder, Classic Autism, and ASD.
  • To help families to identify the symptoms and signs of ASD in children and adults.
  • To learn the best places to obtain information, treatment, and therapies for ASD.


Conference Background


The term “special needs” is commonly used in the field of education, defined in the Salamanca Statement of 1994 as referring to “children or youth whose needs arise from disabilities or learning difficulties”. It is important to note that this is an umbrella term that covers wide range of conditions, including medical, behavioural, developmental, social, learning and mental health issues. A person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is part of special needs and they face difficulties which may need additional supports and services.

According to World Health Organization statistic until April 2017, 1 in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This estimate represents an average figure, and reported prevalence varies substantially across studies. Some well-controlled studies have, however, reported figures that are substantially higher. The prevalence of ASD in many low- and middle-income countries is so far unknown. Based on epidemiological studies conducted over the past 50 years, the prevalence of ASD appears to be increasing globally. There are many possible explanations for this apparent increase, including improved awareness, expansion of diagnostic criteria, better diagnostic tools and improved reporting (WHO, 2017).

Autism Spectrum Disorders has been added as fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). As of May 2013, psychologists and psychiatrists will be using these criteria when evaluating individuals for these developmental disorders.