Foun­da­tion holds autism care train­ing for par­ents

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Melissa Makoto Her­ald Re­porter

RUTH Pasi Foun­da­tion, in con­junc­tion with the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice (dis­abil­ity desk), is train­ing par­ents on how to care for chil­dren with autism.

Autism is a de­vel­op­men­tal dis­or­der that af­fects com­mu­ni­ca­tion and be­hav­iour.

In an in­ter­view, Ruth Pasi Foun­da­tion founder Ms Ruth Pasi said she was shar­ing spe­cial­ist train­ing she re­ceived over­seas.

“I did not know how to deal with autism, but when I went over­seas, I went through var­i­ous train­ings on what autism is and how we can man­age it,” she said. “I was then able to foster two autis­tic chil­dren.

“I also wanted to teach my chil­dren about em­pa­thy, so we came back home now and we are teach­ing other par­ents on how to deal with peo­ple who are autis­tic.”

Ad­vi­sor to the Pres­i­dent on Na­tional Dis­abil­ity, Cde Joshua Malinga, said he was ex­cited about the ini­tia­tive and will work closely with Ms Pasi.

“I am happy with this ini­tia­tive that Ruth Pasi Foun­da­tion brought here in Zim­babwe and I am go­ing to work closely with them to make sure that the ini­tia­tive is suc­cess­ful,” he said.

Ms Pasi is also work­ing with gospel singer Mercy Mutsvene, whose role is to search for talent among chil­dren with autism.

“I am the am­bas­sador for Talent Search, we search for talent in chil­dren who are autis­tic be­cause we be­lieve that every per­son has a talent,” Mutsvene said.

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