In order to update knowledge and strengthen technical and management skills for the early detection of alterations in socio-communicative development with risk of autism spectrum (AD) in boys and girls, the Valparaíso-San Antonio Health Service and the Seremi de Salud held a conference of work aimed at doctors and nurses who carry out child health checks in Primary Care establishments.
The day was presented by Dr. Lorna Urquieta belonging to the subdirectorate of Primary Health Care of the SSVSA and Carlos Zamora, head of Public Health of the Seremi de Salud, who gave the conceptual framework of the day that will last for 2 days.
Among the speakers were Dr. Valeria Rojas, neuropediatrician, head of the Autism Program at Dr.Gustavo Fricke Hospital, Dr. Claudia Amarales, chief neuropediatrician of Child Neurology, Carlos Van Buren Hospital, and Cecilia Jara, nurse in charge of the Childhood Health Program, Seremi de Salud.
Autism is a condition defined by a compromise in neurodevelopment and a series of behavioral characteristics expressed in a wide spectrum, which generate significant difficulties in social interaction and communication. All people on this autism spectrum (AD) share difficulties with social communication, language and difficulties adapting to changes with sensory dysregulation.
Regarding prevalence, the new surveillance report from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States) shows an increase in prevalence with 1 in 36 children or more than 2.7% of 8-year-olds diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2020.