World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 brought about day-long activities of fun and frolic for students of autism centers.
For the children of Prasanna Autism Centre,Deccan,April 2 wasn’t like a normal day. They did not follow their daily routine of waking up,drinking milk,munching on a healthy breakfast and then rushing to do their assigned activities. The world observed the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day on the day,so the students of Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce,Senapati Bapat road,had organised a day of fun and frolic for the children of the Centre.
They were overjoyed to see young boys and girls come and spend a day filled with excitement and many activities, said Sadhana Godbole,managing director. The kids from Symbiosis arranged games like tug-of-war,musical chair,balancing spoon and basket ball. Contests were organised by the students,along with a brief prize distribution session to acknowledge the winner in the children. Such competitions boost the morale of the children. And it was also a good break from their regular routine. Autistic children do not generally like being shifted from a structured routine. However,they were thrilled to be a part of the games and enjoyed every bit of it, Godbole added with a smile. The day ended with tying friendship bands to people on FC Road,Pashan and Camp,and spreading messages about autism.
Apart from the day-long celebrations,the centre has also planned a series of events to spread awareness on autism in and around the city. We have organised a lecture on autism at Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce early this week and a detailed session at the V R Ruia Mook Badhir Vidyalay,Sadashiv Peth,in association with the Rotary Club of South,Pune. A lecture on therapies involved have also been arranged at the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology,Bibvewadi,later this week. The series of lectures have been organised keeping in mind the World Autism Awareness Day. The lectures include a presentation on what we are and how ‘they’ are. A therapist will deliver a talk on the importance of their role,which will be followed by a round of question and answers, informed Godbole.
Skandan Deshmukh,Abhishek Dulange and Surendra Patil,students of the institute,will also perform in each such workshop. We make sure that we improve the talents in these children, added Godbole. Students who graduate from Prasanna Autism Centre are sent to Prism Foundation for a ‘progressive course’ as well.
They are more intelligent than normal children. It is very important to figure out their talents and groom them likewise, said Godbole. The children are sent to three different schools based on their qualities. At Sadhana Village,a residential care centre for children suffering from autism and mental retardation,April 2 was a day filled with awareness programmes and several activities for the children. We tried to make the children feel special on that day, said V N Deshpande,secretary of Sadhna Village.