Attention towards autism in India is the need of the hour


The awareness about autism in India is improving steadily but is dismally low

MUMBAI, India – November 23, 2015 Awareness about autism in India is improving but is still considered a liability. Autism spectrum disorder is a disorder of the brain which impacts social and communication skills in an individual along with their motivation to interact with others or indulge in tasks. The percentage of autistic individuals is very low and has no economic barriers, but there are various aspects that need attention from therapists and parents. There are many misconceptions about the condition like the children are not intelligent, or are aggressive or are unable to carry out daily tasks. While the individuals or children may not be interested in most of the tasks, they possess sharp focus and can carry out the activities they like for hours without getting tired.

The number of children being diagnosed with autism is increasing at a rapid pace (it has increased almost 120 percent globally in the last 15 years). People around need to be sensitized about the needs of autistic individuals so that the latter can thrive in more conducive environments. And the right training for interacting with children with autism has to be imparted to parents.

Ms Kamini Lakhani, Founder & Certified Trainer at SAI Connections says “Professional services like diagnostics and therapy centers are few and far in between.” She furtheradds, “Some under qualified practitioners offer assurance that autism can be ‘cured’ through therapies. Parents spend a lot of money in these therapies, but their children often end up worse off. By the time parents approach special education consultants, it is late since the formative years of a child’s abilities are lost.”

“In India, autism is still considered a liability,” says Forum for Autism member and autism advocate ParulKumtha. “People believe that individuals with autism cannot live independently” she adds. However, she also states that awareness is gradually increasing. “Forum for Autism felicitated 14 young adults on the autism spectrum who passed their Std. X and XII this year. Along with the students’ parents, we had invited their teachers and principals. School educators understand that such individuals need more attention and are working towards providing it effectively. We need more therapies which are child- and-family-centric and address the reasons for a child’s behavior rather than simply ignoring this crucial aspect,” she said.

SAI connections have planned a 2-day seminar on finding the missing pieces of autism in December across three cities – Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi. These 2-day workshops are aimed at addressing these concerns of parents. Parents and professionals will interact with consultants who have spent over 20 years studying autism. They will get answers to pressing questions specific to their challenges not only from the speakers but also from fellow parents of children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Parents and professionals will be empowered to a child better and vice versa. They also will get updated on the latest proved effective practices from around the world. This workshop will spread awareness about autism and other learning disabilities, along with enabling parents and professionals to find the missing pieces of the autism puzzle.

The seminar will be conducted on following dates – Mumbai on December 5 and 6, 2015, Bengaluru on December 9 and 10, 2015 and Delhi on December 12 and 13, 2015. For more details, Samidha Bhagat (+91 98677 15380) can be reached.

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About SAI Connections

SAI Connections is a Mumbai based autism awareness and training centre constantly working towards empowering individuals with autism spectrum disorder to live more purposeful and fulfilling lives. SAI Connections also empowers parents and siblings of affected individuals to enjoy more wholesome family lives. For over a decade, SAI Connections has helped parents understand what autism is, and provided high quality international education to children and individuals on the autism spectrum. SAI Connections also conducts training programs for parents and families of affected children to understand the child better and help him/her progress accordingly. SAI Connections treats autism spectrum disorder (and all its forms like Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS and more) by remediating the core deficits and co-occurring conditions accompanying autism. please visit  www.saiconnections.com.

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