A symposium on Autism and Cerebral Palsy was organised on Thursday, by Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children (a project of Indian Council of Child Welfare), Sector 38, in collaboration with National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disability (NIEPMD), Chennai.
The aim of the symposium was to sensitise the audience about two important developmental disorders, Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Teachers, counsellors and special educators from private and government schools took part in the symposium. Autism is a kind of developmental disability which remains for life.
An autistic person has difficulty with social and communication skills, the signs of which appears by the age of three years.
Cerebral palsy is a kind of neurological disorder that appear in early childhood and permanently affects muscle movement.
The symposium was conducted by Dr Neeradha Chandramohan, director, NIEPMD, Dr Nachiketa Rout, NIEPMD and Dr Pratibha Singhi, Chief Paediatric Neurology PGIMER.
Talking to Newsline, Dr Neeradha Chandramohan said, “The most important thing is early detection of autistic behaviour. Early intervention can help in early rehabilitation of the child.”
Three most common symptoms of autistic children are that they are asocial, lack communication skills and have zero eye contact.
“The child at the age of 18 months starts showing these symptoms. Unlike other children, they do not cling to their mothers, do not look into their eyes and avoid their touch,” the doctor said. “Today, we have educated teachers and special educators on how to identify these special children and how to teach them differently,” Dr Chandremohan said.
Earlier, the symposium was inaugurated by UT Adviser K K Sharma. Director-cum-Honorary Secretary, ICCW Rajesh Jogpal and Dr RK Gupta, Honorary director, Prayaas and other officials also attended.