An autism research and intervention center, which intends to help Chinese parents live with their autistic children in an easier and more productive way, was officially opened on March 30 in Beijing's Shunyi District.
An autism research and intervention center, which intends to help Chinese parents live with their autistic children in an easier and more productive way, was officially opened on March 30 in Beijing's Shunyi District. [Photo by Zhang Junmian/China.org.cn]
The center, located at the Wucailu Center for Children with Autism, was established by the Professional Community of Family Education under the Chinese Society of Education (CSE).
"The center will be dedicated to raising public awareness on autism, as well as training families affected by autism on professional and practical intervention methods and seeking to benefit families living in such difficulties with more direct and effective help," explained Director Sun Menglin, also founder of China's largest rehabilitation facility for autistic children Wucailu, at the center's launching ceremony.
Sun said, the center will furthermore strive to introduce state-of-the-art intervention technologies and educational concepts from abroad, share experiences in parent education and family support across the country, and promote international research and exchanges regarding autism.
Sun Menglin, director of the autism research and intervention center, and founder of China's largest rehabilitation facility for autistic children Wucailu, is delivering a speech at the launching ceremony. [Photo by Zhang Junmian/China.org.cn]
She stressed that parents of autistic children need to learn more about the treatment of autism and how to intervene as they are usually the first ones to notice any kind of abnormalities in their children's behavior. Family education plays an irreplaceable role in helping their loved ones to lead a more independent and productive life.
"Early intervention yields the best outcomes for children with autism, and the most desirable timing is when they are aged between zero and seven," Sun said. "However, late diagnoses often arise, leading to children losing the best time for intervention treatment as their parents lack the relevant knowledge."
"It's a pity that some highly-functionial autistic children, who might become part of mainstream society, can only end up in life-long suffering," Sun added.