The first Gulf Autism Conference will begin at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) on Friday. The forum will be held under the patronage of Gulf Health Council and with the participation of the Ministry of Health and Sultan Qaboos University in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development, Unicef Office – Muscat and the King Salman Center for Disability Research.
More than 1,000 participants from the sultanate, GCC and other parts of the world are expected to attend the first-of-its-kind conference.
The conference will see about 60 lecturers and globally known experts in the field of autism along with government and private institutions.
The conference will target families of children with autism, paediatricians of general specialties, academia, medical students, staff and health professionals.
The three-day conference aims to familiarise the healthcare providers on the latest evidence-based knowledge in the field of autism and psychological disorders in children.
It also seeks to train the healthcare cadres on the latest methods of diagnosis, assessment and intervention based on scientific evidence.
The conference will be preceded by training and scientific workshops at the OCEC targeting families of children with autism, teachers and practitioners in the field.