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Autism Safarnama

Not long ago, I was in a meeting with my fellow doctors, I was in a role of a consultant and a doctor for programs serving children with learning disabilities, and as the meeting was about to get over, one of the doctors asked me to see me privately. She took me in a corner, lowered her voice and with an embarrassing look in her eyes, started telling me about her 4- year-old son.

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My Child......I am all yours..... !!!!!

Yesterday.............I had instructed all my team not to disturb me in my cabin .... as I was working on a very important project ...when my dear son called me from an intercom outside my cabin... He said ....

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The locked key to unlock your child's world !!!

The locked key to unlock your child's world : Imagine you and your child are in a game where he is locked alone in a room.... and the key to unlock your child's room is given to you................. But................ The Catch is.................... You are also locked in another room............ And All you have is key to his room but you can't go and unlock him unless you are unlocked from your room. So the puzzle is ..............................

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Who needs to be calm – KIDS OR US?

When you are feeling very low,and depressed .... And you meet a positive person who could be anybody...... like your husband,best friend,family,or even a complete stranger. How do u feel at the end of your meeting? .... Do u still feel low or get energized and feel good. Well…... with me its off course the second feeling that is true….

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Autism and its portrayal in Media

Cinema has the ability to combine entertainment with communication of ideas. It has the potential appeal for its audience. It certainly leaves other media far behind in making such an appeal. As in literature, cinema has produced much which touches the innermost layers of the man. It mirrors the episodes in such a manner that leaves an impact on the coming generations. Cinema presents an image of the society in which it is born and the hopes, aspirations, frustration and contradictions present in any given social order. After all how people perceive autism is very cultural. And cinema is a major cultural instrument, which is known for its tendency to feature bizarre and extraordinary characters that exist on the margins of mainstream society.

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Lack of Awareness about Autism

Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system and affects the overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical health of the affected individual. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours. Early recognition, as well as behavioural, educational and family therapies may reduce symptoms and support development and learning

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A new skill for children on the Autism spectrum - THINKING

What was the last skill that you taught/are trying to teach your child who is on the Autism Spectrum? What did s/he do with this newly learned skill? Did s/he use the knowledge and applied it on his/her own in his life? Think about it. Do we realize that we are merely teaching children different skills or pieces of knowledge but aren’t bothered about focusing on teaching them to think about these skills/knowledge from their own perspective and apply it on their own in their life without prompting? If you look at your own daily interactions and activities that you do are based on your ability to think and not just the skill. Similarly teaching children skills will have no use if they are not prepared to think and use it on their own.

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Aitraaz- Challenges with Autism in India

Aitraaz = Objection /əbˈdʒɛkʃ(ə)n/ (noun) an expression or feeling of disapproval or opposition; a reason for disagreeing. In 2004, a movie called Aitraaz became a superhit and I remember a scene in which actress Kareena Kapoor says “Mujhe aitraaz hai” which translates to “I object”. I realize that I, as a parent of a child on the Autism spectrum, have aitraaz over the way autism treatments are being done in our country. I have aitraaz over professionals who do not update their knowledge about autism and still practice outdated protocols for years and years together. I wonder why we, as parents, are not aware of autism and its correct approach. This is precisely the reason why no one guarantees that our children will be remediated from the core deficits of Autism, although there are many fake people who promise even that just for money.

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