When Express Parenting got in touch with child psychologist Dr Dharendra Kumar, to understand what this particular behaviour meant, he said, "It is not the same for all autistic children. There may be multiple perspectives on why some autistic children find it difficult to recognise faces. "
The couple has handed over one of their houses to the Kerala government, asking it to convert the property into a centre for challenged women and accommodate their 37-year-old daughter at that facility.
Autism is a developmental disorder, which causes social communication difficulties and impacts one in a 100 children. India will have more than 2 million children with autism under the age of 10 years.
On World Autism Awareness Day, we try and understand the challenges not only faced by those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but also what their parents and care-givers go through and need to keep in mind.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and non-verbal communication as well as by unique strengths and differences. It is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Human studies have found that lower levels of maternal Vitamin D during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of ASD in children. However, the biological mechanisms underpinning this relationship remain unclear.