Before we talk about The Autism Centre in Ludhiana, let’s get some facts straight:
First things first,
What is Autism?
As per the National Institute of Mental Health, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a guide created by the American Psychiatric Association used to diagnose mental disorders, people with ASD have:
- Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people
- Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors
- Symptoms that hurt the person’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life
Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.
Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier.
Like most of us, we had read about Autism on the internet, courtesy a few blogs and thought that we understood it. That is till we met Neha Bhasin Madhok , a.k.a The Minute Log. A brief meeting with her at The Autism Centre at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School in Dugri made us see autism and kids with the autism spectrum in a different light.
Meet Neha Bhasin Madhok
Being an Autism parent and a cancer survivor, this Harvard Business Summer Alumna is truly an inspiration. When her son was diagnosed with Autism, she didn’t lose heart. Instead she educated herself as much as she could on the subject, undertook The Parent Child Training Program for autism and eventually ended up opening a centre for Autism in Varanasi which proved to be an utmost requirement in the city.
The Inception of Autism Centre in Ludhiana
It was only when she moved to Ludhiana and was looking for therapists for her son Abeer (he’s such a delight to be with <3) she realized the dearth of resources and therapists in the city. That pushed her to start The Autism Centre at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School. The idea was to have these kids under one roof and seek the much required therapy. She’s gathered a team of specialized therapists who focus on occupational therapy and sensory integration individually depending on the different needs of the children. Occupational therapy comes into play when children have problem with activities of their daily routine which include feeding, self-care, sensory integration, exploring their environments and interacting with others . Occupational Therapy addresses underlying behavioural problems and developmental delays by making adjustments in the physical environment and by introducing sensory integration.
Why Autism Parents should check out The Autism Centre Ludhiana?
Kids with Autism have unique strengths and differences. The Autism Centre caters to each child focusing on repetitive training and honing skills which are challenging to the kid. Here are some of the areas where the kids require training:
- Motor Skills
- Dealing with Anxiety, Hyperactivity and Attention
- Self-help skills, including Self-Feeding, Dressing and Bathing
- Oral Motor Skills
- Difficulty transitioning or tolerating changes in the environment
- Poor eye contact or sensitivity to light
- Poor balance, posture and coordination
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Social Skill development
Children are taught to become more aware of peers, how to approach them, as well as how to join and initiate play. Therapists teach them in groups and individually so that they learn social skills but at the same time hone their individual skills as well. Sessions include physical activity, playing, music and some interactive acitivites. Therapists have time and activity listing sheets for all the children, which help kids carry out routine activities with ease.
Benefits of Individual Training: Because they lay emphasis on individual training, their training program supports the goals and needs of all the children. The therapists and parents at any point can evaluate how the child is doing and try to inculcate more or less as per the comforts of the child.
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Also published on Medium.