Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by:
Verbal and nonverbal communicationDifficulties in social interactionRepetitive behaviorSensory stimulatory disorders. They include:
Autistic disorderRett syndromePervasive developmental disorder- not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)Childhood disintegrative disorderAsperger syndrome Facts
Its prevalence is on the rise.It affects more boys than girls.It does not take into cognizance race, tribe or gender.It is treatable.There are no known preventive measures.Early intervention makes a difference.Persons with Autism learn differently from typically developing individuals.Persons with Autism can live fulfilled lives. Treatment
Autism related Intervention TherapiesApplied Behaviour Analysis (A.B.A)Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT)Verbal Behavior TherapyRelationship Development Intervention (RDI)Training and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH)Bio-medical interventionDietary intervention
Please note that each person is unique and so, each autism intervention plan should be tailored to address specific needs.
Persons with Autism approach life differently. If we interface with the right tools, they can communicate and contribute to ‘our’ world. If we don’t insist on a cure or force them to be ‘normal’, they can progress and live fulfilled lives. They have various gifts and instincts…….gifts we don’t ever want them to lose!