As stated by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his speech on world Autism Awareness Day 2nd April 2010: “Autism is a complex and inadequately understood disability with a wide range of manifestations.”
Autism is a complex developmental disorder which affects the way a person communicates, uses language, relates to people and often limits their area of interest. It does not present in a typical way but is a characterized by a spectrum of behaviours. The main features include impaired social interactions, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior
The symptoms are seen by 18 months and are usually established by the time the child is three. Some concerns that a parent may notice are poor eye contact, difficulty in forming friendships , a desire to play alone, unusual objects or topics of interest, an atypical way of using language and often a delay in acquiring language.
There is no known cure for autism, but early identification is the first step to accessing early interventions which can help to decrease the unwanted behaviours and give the child skills to communicate with people around him/her. At Sangath we work with children with various disabilities and dispel the social stigma attached to it…….
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