What is Autism
Autism is defined as a developmental disorder significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction, speech delay and repetitive behavior. Because of this wide range of symptoms, this condition is now called Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Some of the red Flags in Autism include:
- Prefers to be alone
- Little or no eye contact
- Sustained odd play
- Spins objects
- Inappropriate attachments to objects
- Apparent over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain
- No sense of danger
- Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
- Repetitive behaviours which may include flapping, rocking, spinning, and screaming
- No response to name.
Autism most obvious signs tend to appear 3 years of age. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be addressed if identified early, but due to lack of awareness and stigma, many children in our country end up being locked up in the houses without access to any treatment and therapies that are very essential in their daily live. DTSK encourages parents with concerns to seek evaluation without delay, as early intervention can improve the child’s developmental milestones and outcomes.
Early diagnosis and interventions is usually the key to management of children with autism. At differently talented society of Kenya (DTSK) we believe that early interventions which includes
Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ABA therapy and physiotherapy will help facilitate the identification and nurturing of an individual child’s potential.
Providing a support system that will enable each child to develop identified potentials and talents is our main goal. This entails creating an environment that will equip the children will knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop independence, and vocational training based on individual strengths. The key outcome of our processes and programmes is to facilitate the children to manage their lives and ultimately become self-reliant.