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Dr. Shan Narayanan's Book Sheds Light on Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Anne Das

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects many families worldwide, presenting unique challenges and opportunities for growth. In Ipoh, Perak, Dr. Shan Narayanan, a renowned General Paediatrician with a keen interest in Child Development and Disability, has dedicated his career to providing support and guidance to children with ASD and their families.

His recently published book, ‘Why Me?’, offers a compelling conversation between Dr. Shan and Puan Mohanita Azlina, a mother who gained valuable understanding and strategies for supporting her preschool child with ASD.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by challenges in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviours. It affects individuals across a wide range of abilities and can vary in severity. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding ASD that perpetuate misunderstanding and hinder support. Dr. Shan aims to address these misconceptions and provide clarity through his work.

At his clinic in Fatimah Hospital Ipoh, he offers comprehensive services to babies, children, and adolescents, both as outpatients and inpatients. His passion for helping families navigate the challenges of ASD has earned him a reputation as a trusted professional in the field.

The centre of “WHY ME” , Muhaimin bin Mohamad Amirsyah Saidi at the recent Book Launch on 24th June 2023

In his book “Why Me?”, the author engages in a candid discussion with Puan Mohanita Azlina, a resilient mother whose youngest son was diagnosed with ASD. Through their discussions, Puan Mohanita gained a deeper understanding of her son’s condition and discovered effective ways to support him. The book chronicles her journey, from struggling to accept the diagnosis to rallying her family’s support and charting a plan to maximise her son’s capabilities. Written in a conversational style, ‘Why Me?’ serves as an invaluable supplementary support for parents, families, and professionals involved in the education and care of preschool children with ASD.

“Why Me”,  has already garnered praise for its ability to shed light on the daily challenges faced by families dealing with ASD. By sharing personal experiences and practical strategies, it empowers parents to accept their children as they are and equips them with the tools to cope with their child’s condition effectively. The book gives hope, offers guidance, and fosters a sense of community among parents and caregivers.

At the “Why Me” Book Launch in Eslite Bukit Bintang, KL

Dr. Shan Narayanan’s expertise and dedication extend beyond the pages of his book. Through his clinic, public speaking engagements, and advocacy work, he endeavours to raise awareness about ASD and promote inclusive environments for individuals with ASD in Perak. By providing essential information and support, he aims to empower families and enable them to unlock the full potential of their children.

It is crucial for the community in Perak to take an active interest in learning more about ASD. By understanding the condition and the experiences of families affected by it, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment. Dr. Shan’s book provides a gateway to this knowledge, serving as a valuable resource for parents, families, and professionals.

Let us join hands and embark on a journey of understanding, empathy, and support for individuals with ASD and their families. Together, we can foster an inclusive society that celebrates the unique abilities and contributions of every individual.

Where to obtain the book:-

“Why Me”? A Parent’s Journey With a Preschool Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder’ is available for purchase online. (Also available at major bookstores nationwide). Proceeds from book sales will go towards funding Ipoh’s Pusat Jagaan 3PKI, a care centre located in Canning Garden, specifically for children with ASD.

Price                : The book is priced at RM42.90 inclusive of courier charges

Good news! Discounted price of RM35 for orders from July 8th – July 15th and collection directly from Dr. Shan’s clinic.

Address          : W01 Wolfgang Suites Ground Floor, Hospital Fatimah, No.1, Lebuh Chew Peng Loon, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh

Contact           : 05-546 1345

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