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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

There needs to be adequate awareness of autism disorder. The reason for individuals to be well informed is because family members of autistic children undergo great financial and mental burden and the more uninformed they are, the greater the risk of misdiagnoses, thus making their child more difficult and resistant to therapy. Earlier recognition and diagnosis will help parents in devising a well-constructed and streamlined treatment plan, helping release stress, as they will be able to discuss and share their burden with the appropriate doctor and research a correct diagnosis. There is a high chance of misdiagnosis or late diagnosis if there is a lack of awareness about the signs of this disorder, especially among parents since they will be the first to observe any unusual behaviour compared to other children or siblings of the same age group. An early and accurate diagnosis plays a massive role in outcomes and improvement of behaviour in the child. If the parent recognizes the symptoms of autism in their child, like lack of eye contact, hyperactivity, increased attachments to toys, no reaction to verbal cues, etc., they can seek medical help, and according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM 5), have accurate knowledge regarding the status of their child. After a parent’s child is diagnosed correctly, they will be able to focus on their child’s betterment, and as the demands and teaching strategy of autistic children is unique, they can approach the child’s school teachers with ease about the disorder and work together towards the child’s education simultaneously with therapy, resulting in an improvement in their diagnosed child’s communication skills, etc.

Divyam Centre for Autism in initiated by Mirador Foundation. Divyam Centre for Autism was established in April 2018. We at Divyam Centre for Autism have formed an autism intervention community which genuinely focuses on bridging the gap between therapist and families, where all of them work as a team for the child. Parents are biologically made to be best mentors whom the child trusts the most in the world and if guided well, can support their child throughout his life span not only to support his weaknesses but also strengthen his full potential. We at Divyam Centre for Autism believes that if we, as parents, family, and community, understand their needs and support them, every child spectrum can be a DIVYAM (Person who can achieve his/her full potential), waiting only, to be explored and polished.