May 24, 2009

Free Talk: Autism—Myth and Mystery

Saturday, 30 May 2009, 9.45am - 12pm

As Nick climbed the grilles on the fourth floor of the school building, tears streaked down his cheeks. Silently, he contemplated letting go to end it all. He could hear his schoolmates calling, but the multitude of sounds made no sense to him. Nick looked down and saw the only face he could trust. He released his grip and fell into the arms of his teacher's aide. "Why is every day so hard? Why is my world so different?" he sobbed.

Much has been said about autism recently. But what really is autism? A disease, an illness or a disorder?

Talk outline:

• What is autism?
• Characteristics of autism
• Early signs of abnormality
• Can autism be cured?


Rica Frances Talon, MA in Psychology, Master of Education in Special Education, has been working in the field of psychology and education for more than 16 years. She is currently a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team at the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM).

Rica focuses mainly on the development of children, adolescents and adults with special needs such as autism, emotional-behavioural disorders and psychiatric problems, Down Syndrom, learning difficulties, brain injury and other at-risk individuals, as well as children and adolescents who are gifted.


Date: 30 May 2009 (Saturday)

Time: 9.45am - 12pm

Venue: Centre for Extension Education, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 11, Jalan 13/6, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Fee: None

To register:

Send your name, name of organisation and phone number or email to:

Phone: Nitthia or Yew at 03-7995-5181 ext. 8210 / 2562,
03-7957-2818, 016-223-3563
Fax: 03-7957-3818
Email: cee @

Registration deadline: 25 May 2009

Organised by:

Centre for Extension Education, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
MCA Lifelong Learning
National Autism Society of Malaysia

This public talk is courtesy of the speaker and the views/opinions expressed may not reflect the views/opinions of the organisers.

See also:

Autism Now Affects 1 in 38 Children

Pesticides and Autism

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