Ahmed Idris

Ahmed Idris

Developmental Pediatric Specialist in Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Seeb
Muscat, Oman

Dr. Idris graduated from the University of Khartoum, Sudan and then obtained his master’s degree in tropical medicine and his decorate degree in paediatrics from Arab Board for Health specialisation. He has a special interest in normal patterns of growth and development in Middle Eastern children. Recently, He is working with different stakeholders in an endeavour to establish Omani growth reference out of his interest in collaborative research to bridge the knowledge gap in children growth & development in the Middle East.



Short Description of the Lecture:

1. Training on National Autism Screening Program

Improving the status of children’s health is recognized as fundamental for family, community and for the nation. There is a strong rationale for considering children as high priority groups for health improvement especially children with disability where Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders are one of them. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more prevalent that often stated. The overall prevalence rate of ASD in Oman estimated at 20.35 at 10,000 population (95% confidence interval [CI] 19.39-21.32) between 2012-2018. Screening tools available for clinicians and parents can now detect a reasonable proportion of children with ASD between (16-30 months). They consist of simple checklists completed by parents and followed-up by primary physicians. Since September 2016, Ministry of Health has established a national screening program for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by using the M-CHAT/R & (M-CHAT-R/F). M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. The aim is to screen all children visiting the health institution for the routine well-baby visit at 18 months. Improving quality of life of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders through early identification and management.