“Autism is not a disability, it is a different ability”- Stuart Duncan.
Autism is a condition characterised by weakened social and communication skills, repetitive behaviours and unique strengths and weaknesses. Medically termed autism spectrum disorder, it is caused due to neural disorders. The psychiatric nature of the issues makes autistic children different from the normal ones in social behaviour and cognitive ability.
Autism is prevalent in the world today with 1 in every 60 people being differently blessed. It is mostly detected in children between the age of 2 and 3 years, though in some cases they are detected as early as by 18 months. Studies have shown that boys have five times more probability to be autistic than girls. Early intervention can help these children deal with today’s hectic world more easily.
My Child, My Pride is an initiative launched for autistic children to increase their self-reliance in dealing with everyday life. The program is launched with the aim of educating the parents of autistic children, to mentor the children into being self-dependent. With a motto ‘No expert doctors than parents for autistic children, the initiative consists of training programs by specialists in paediatric and psychiatric health from Kottakal Ayurveda College.
Highlights of My Child, My Pride initiative
- Awareness regarding various treatment measures and their benefits.
- Yoga for children and parents to contribute to the wellness of body and mind.
- Instruction booklets containing detailed information to deal with autism.
- Do’s and Don’ts to be practised by the children and parents.
- Measures to reduce the stress of parents.
The details of the third phase of the My Child, My Pride initiative to be held at Ernakulam are as follows: –
- Date –25th and 26th March 2017
- Venue – Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital
Pallathu Road, Thammanam, Ernakulam
Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre cater to the needs of special children with efficient ayurvedic treatment regimens and training programs.