—- taken from an article of K. S. Adhikaree, Ex Asstt. Commissioner
In determining the degree of abnormality peculiarity, frequency, intensity, duration, of behaviour are also to be considered along with child’s chronological age.
Management – As it is not a disease no question of treatment may arise. Therapies, intervention, properly designed to remedy specific symptoms – educational, behavioural and medical are to be developed to bring substantial development. A very small proportion of those with childhood autism can lead independent adult life. There is rather a better prospect for a child with Asperger syndrome. The autistic children with mental retardation, epilepsy or other associated ailments will have restricted lifestyle in adulthood. Out of many interventions, educational and psychological are most effective. Before designing intervention a multidisciplinary team consisting of Psychologist, Psychotherapists, Speech Therapist, behaviour therapists, special educator, doctor and rehabilitation professionals and others should be formed comprehensive need assessment. ECE in Anganwadi Centres may yield a good result for the children with autism as they may learn language from other children. Every task of intervention should be developed step by step. Parental choice is always an effective guide for overall development but parents should not be over expectant or opposite. The doctor should be more cautious to declare a child AUTISTIC.