Monday, July 31, 2006

What is Autism ?

The first time I learnt about the word "Autism" was when my little nephew was diagnosed with Autism. Until such time I never new what autism meant. In Sri Lanka we have not had many awareness programes until a short time. My little nephew was the only grand child my in-laws had and they were so thrilled and was waiting until he spoke. He used to mumble words which was difficult for us to understand. But he would love to sing and he enjoys it very much. At the age of 2 1/2 he started to go to play school and that is when they noticed he required one to one attention than the rest of students in his class. My inlaws were alarmed and took him for assessments as to why he was not talking and responding. Autism is rather new to our country and not very many therapist around to assit children with autism. One of the first symptoms we observed was lack of eye contact and not responding to us when we wanted his attention. Taking him a way to United States of America helped them to get the required therapy for his progress.

Autism is a development disorder that some people are born with. It is not something contagious. It affects the brain and makes communicating and interacting with other people difficult.


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