Sept 18, 2017, Bangkok, Thailand, The Nation: Northeastern mental-health clubs help children with special needs http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30326946 More than 70 per cent of children with special needs in seven Northeastern provinces have not received treatment partly because their parents feel ashamed of bringing them out of their homes. ... “Many parents think that, because of their bad deeds from the past, they are punished by having children with disabilities,” Mental Health Department’s director-general Sqn Ldr Dr Boonruang Triruangworawat said during a recent work trip to the Northeast. He said some other parents did not seek treatment for their children because they lacked adequate knowledge. “A survey has found that just seven per cent of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have received medical services,” Boonruang said, He added that only 29 per cent of autistic children in the seven provinces had received treatment. The Mental Health Centre 8, which oversees these provinces, has tried to help children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and other conditions by setting up clubs for them and their parents. After the clubs were established, the centre found that more children with special needs have received regular treatment and rehabilitation. As a result, they have become less aggressive and they can speak more coherently.