IRODA had a priviledje to meet Dr Karim Rajput, from Birmingham, UK in Tajikistan this summer, when he started to meet famiies. This October was devoted to the doctors and the process of the assessment of children with developmental disorders and interviewing parents during this assessments. The mhGAP steps on assesments was practiced with general family doctors, pdiatricicans and neurologists. The secod part of workshop was devoted to ASD treatment and the role of pschyhiatrist in supporting the family,who has a child with ASD.
Dr Karim Rajput has substantial and extensive experience of practicing psychiatry extended over 20 years. He is currently an inpatient Consultant Psychiatrist with expertise in diagnosis and management of complex and severe mental health disorders.Dr Rajput organises and provides free seminars on mental health and anti-stigma issues to marginalized ethnic groups within UK and within Europe. He is passionate about improving mental health service provision and training in low income countries and is a World Health Organisation consultant advising on Primary mental health care issues. He has worked in Tajikistan over the past 3 years and he has trained GP’s on management of depression and other conditions and is preparing drafts of the Primary Care Mental Health Protocol for the Ministry of Health in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Being a father of young boy with ASD, Dr Karim has brought his own expience in living with autism to seminar , which made doctors to understand the way from both perspectives as a professional and a parent. IRODA is thankful to Dr Karim Rajput, Global Giving and ALIGN, who made this training happend.
Lots to learn in the kitchen...As IRODA has grown as an organization over the last 5 years the children that they been working with have also grown up! The committed IRODA staff are continually looking for ways in which to encourage the children and young people that they work with to gain new skills. A recent addition to the space in which IRODA works with young people with autism has been a kitchen. This is providing great opportunities for those who attend IRODA’s programs to develop some basic cooking skills. With the support of IRODA staff they are learning the steps that are involved in preparing food, as well as learning to follow instructions and work together. As they do this there is the added motivation and reward of being able to eat what they’ve cooked!
Many of the young people IRODA is working with have spent a significant part of their childhood without opportunities to attend school or be involved in their local communities. IRODA is committed to seeing these young people develop new skills and have the chance to participate alongside others in family and community life. The new kitchen at IRODA is just one way in which young people can gain skills for life within a supportive and understanding environment. Your on-going support of IRODA’s work is allowing us to continue to create new opportunities and experiences for children and young people with autism in Tajikistan. If you want to support our pre- vocational programe , you could order our cookies whenever you need! The contact phones are listed in the contact page! Thank you!
IRODA was started by a group of parents who understand the challenges that can arise when parenting a child with autism. Whenever possible IRODA looks for opportunities to support parents in this role. Recently we were thankful to have a visiting medical professional from the UK who is also a parent of a child with autism himself. He was able to meet with parents connected with IRODA and share from his own personal experience as well as his professional background.
Time spent discussing stress-management strategies and suggesting ways parents could help themselves and help each other was of great value. IRODA hopes to continue to facilitate opportunities for parents to get the support they need while also reaching out to one another. We are grateful for your partnership with IRODA that enables us to continue to find new ways to help children with autism and their parents in Tajikistan.
IRODA express their gratitide to Dr Karim Rajput from the Perceptive Health, UK for his dedicated time at IRODA.
In July 2012, Karen Purdie represented IRODA at the first ever TEDx event in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Below is the transcript of her talk, which raised awareness for children with autism in Tajikistan.
"Autism initiative in Tajikistan"
Published on the World Health Organization Country Page for Tajikistan
"The first official autism trainings were held in Tajikistan in November 2014. As a result, significant progress has been made towards developing effective systems the will ensure children with autism receive an appropriate diagnosis and access to early intervention....
Until recently, autism has not be recognized or well understood in Tajikistan, which resulted in children being misdiagnosed and without access to appropriate services. Prior to the training, professionals were unable to officially diagnose autism.
Key outcomes of the training and the autism initiative
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IRODA Was mentioned in Geolog Following Solmaz Mohadjer and Josy Strunden's Trip through the Pamir to Raise autism awareness
"Imaggeo on Mondays: Stone Flower"
By Laura Roberts-Artal
"In a true feat of endurance, self-discovery and resilience, Solmaz Mohadjer and Josy Strunden, geology students at the University of Tübingen (Germany), cycled 800 km in the Pamir Mountains as part of a trip to raise awareness about autism in Tajikistan. 'We cycled through one of the most tectonically active regions on the planet, passing by mountain communities that welcomed us warmly as well as ancient fortresses, hermit caves, Buddhist stupas, hot springs, and geologic wonders such as the Stone Flower' describes Solmaz..."
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"Don't Judge a Millennial by Her Cover"
by Benjamin Orbach
"My new favorite website is http://autism-tj.weebly.com/. It belongs to IRODA, Tajikistan's only center for autism. The main page has a gallery of 10 portraits, from a girl with pompadourish big hair who smiles defiantly to a teacher's aide gently brushing noses with a grinning boy. The website doesn't have pyrotechnics, but the photos pull you in, and the organization's mission and programs are clear...."
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