About 15 million individuals in India come under the Autism Spectrum disorder. 1% of the nation’s population of the US and UK are Autistic. When a child is diagnosed with Autism, the entire family has to come together and commit to the task of and efforts of bring up the child in the most suitable and comfortable manner to live in society. A neurological disorder that impairs social interaction, verbal and non verbal communication, Autism makes it harder to grasp and express what humans can otherwise do so effortlessly. The partnership between the educators and the parents is key to the development of children with Autism.
Educating Autistic children is a two way procedure, the child requires the teacher’s attention and the parents must also be an active part of the child’s learning process. As there is no best training method, education for Autistic individuals is often tailor made to suit every different individual. A dedicated team which is essential for the growth and development of the child.
With schools offering much more than the prescribed syllabus, children today are exposed to a variety of all round development activity that nurtures their interests and hobbies, giving them an added advantage and helping them develop in areas of their interests.
Special Institutes in India are lagging behind when it comes to building the character of the child and providing of other social skills and hobbies. Education for Autistic children in India and major cities like Mumbai are opening up to new education methods that cater specially to the development and support of autistic individuals. With the number of autistic individuals increasing, it is the need of the day for more institutions that cater to the education of Autistic children.
According to Statistics by CDC, one in every 88 children today is born with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) against a ratio of one in 110 few years back. With parents failing to notice the early symptoms it becomes hard for the child to cope with regular education in schools. All parents should be educated and trained to identify early signs of Autism and learn to create the home environment for the child as they grow up. Specialized Autism training to the parents can also help in great measures to help the child reach their full potential, both personally and socially. Autism is an incurable disease that can restricts the individual to live a socially fulfilling life but with the right support from an early age and from the parents and family members, an autistic individual can achieve many goals in the course of their lives.