Pantanal Biopark: the largest freshwater aquarium in the world opens only for autistic people this Tuesday (2) | Mato Grosso do Sul

Pantanal Biopark: the largest freshwater aquarium in the world opens only for autistic people this Tuesday (2) | Mato Grosso do Sul
Pantanal Biopark: the largest freshwater aquarium in the world opens only for autistic people this Tuesday (2) | Mato Grosso do Sul
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1 of 2 Pantanal Biopark. — Photo: Chico Ribeiro/Gov-MS
Pantanal Biopark. — Photo: Chico Ribeiro/Gov-MS

Bioparque Pantanal, the largest freshwater aquarium in the world, will be opened exclusively for autistic people this Tuesday afternoon (2). The inclusive action alludes to International Autism Awareness Day.

The aquarium will remain closed to the general public. The service will be exclusive and inclusive during the launch of an institutional program of the state government, “MS Acessível”.

In the afternoon, Bioparque Pantanal opens at 1:30 pm and continues until 5:30 pm.

Autism: how to identify

2 of 2 According to studies, it is estimated that approximately one in every 59 children has some characteristic of autism — Photo: Getty Images
According to studies, it is estimated that approximately one in every 59 children has some characteristic of autism — Photo: Getty Images

The initial suspicion of ASD is normally made in the first months of life, during consultations to monitor child development. As it is essentially clinical, identification is carried out based on observations of the child, interviews with parents and the application of methods for monitoring child development.

There is no cure for ASD, but early diagnosis allows the development of practices to encourage independence and promote quality of life and accessibility for these children. In an interview with g1psychologist Roberta Castelo Branco explains the early signs of autism can include:

  • Difficulties in social interaction: delays or difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, such as speech delay, lack of babbling, difficulty in starting or maintaining a conversation, repetitive use of language and lack of eye contact;
  • Repetitive or restricted behaviors: repetitive body movements (e.g., hand swinging), fixation on specific objects or patterns, resistance to changes in routine or environment;
  • Sensory hypersensitivity or insensitivity to sensory stimuli: extreme sensitivity to lights, sounds or textures, or insensitivity to pain or temperatures.

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