Awareness-rehabilitation facilities: Children with autism spectrum disorder-Telangana
Gish Chacko, Thyagarajan R
ASD (Autism Spectrum disorders) is a common condition and estimated to affect 1 in 65 persons in India. The awareness gradually grew and consequently the number of reported cases of autism increased dramatically in the 2000s and early 2010s.The objective was to conduct a survey on awareness and rehabilitation facilities available for the children with autism spectrum disorders in Telangana. Participants were 30 parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Results indicate out 30 children, 24(80%) children were attending Behavioural /Psychological intervention, 30(100%) children were attending speech and language intervention, 23(76%) children were attending special education, 09(30%) children were attending occupational therapy, 14(46%) children were attending sensory integration therapy, 30(100%) children were on pharmacotherapy and therapies. Professionals consulted by parents were mostly paediatricians; this showed a lack of awareness about Psychologists, Speech language pathologists and other professionals. Awareness among the parents about the autism was very less in parents, when the problem persists most of the parents are first visiting paediatrician or neurologist or ENT doctors but none of them visited psychologist or psychiatrist or the speech language pathologists. After identifying the problem with the references majority of the parents are utilizing services of Psychologists, Speech therapists, Occupational Therapists and Pharmacotherapy to improve their children. This indicates there is awareness about Psychologists and Speech language pathologist and other therapists after detecting the problem of their child.