Aarambh for autistic children launched
- Aarambh for autistic children launched
HYDERABAD: Ever since Sharda Ram realised her daughter was autistic, she has been searching for the right school "a learning environment where the child can feel safe, feel at home," she says. Her seven-year long search ended on Friday when she and her husband opened `Aarambh,' an organisation that will act as a support group for children with autism and their families. Autism is a neural disorder, often characterised by lack of communication and repetitive behaviour. It was Sharda's own experience as a parent that convinced her of the need for special schools for autistic children. After training with the Delhi-based `Action for Autism', she volunteered as a teacher for two years. `Aarambh' will also run a day school for autistic children from the age of three to 15 years. Staff trained at `Action for Autism' will employ globally successful techniques including behaviour therapy, specially designed teaching and alternative communication. Hourly intervention, family counselling and a special focus on the girl child are among the other programmes at `Aarambh.'
"Autism is often seen as a type of mental retardation, which it is not," said Merry Barua, Director, Action for Autism, who was here to inaugurate `Aarambh'. "It is a very specific problem, and each child needs special focus depending on his or her needs. Parents can help Sharda by fighting for their children so that they are treated equally."