Autism in Kazakhstan

 

Kazakhstan is home to 17m people (2012) and is the 9th largest country in the World, approximately:

  • 4 times the size of Texas
  • Half as big again as Alaska

It is the largest of the 5 countries that comprise Central Asia, all of which are former Soviet Republics.

 

Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources, especially petroleum, natural gas, coal, uranium, gold and other metals.

  • Despite this, services for those with impaired developmental conditions are in short supply

 

Green Pastures Children’s Center

Green Pastures provides services to Autistic children as well as children with a wide range of other developmental disorders.

The professional team includes many Kazakh specialist staff, including a pediatric neurologist.

In 2009 Green Pastures had no locally trained physical therapists or occupational therapists

  • all of those staff members were recruited from overseas
  • and training courses in these disciplines did not exist anywhere in Central Asia 

 

Here’s a short interview/documentary with Dr. Kim, the resident Pediatric Neurologist

  • Discussing the children in their care, their services and the financially imposed constraints

 

Green Pastures Children’s Center

 

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Paula
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 15:35:29

    I would like to visit the children centre, is that possible?

    Reply

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