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Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • 20 Feb 2021
  • 3 min read

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Recently, a 12-year-old Maharashtra girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) successfully swam across the Arabian Sea from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India in Mumbai.

Key Points

  • About:
    • ASD refers to a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language, and a narrow range of interests and activities that are both unique to the individual and carried out repetitively.
    • It is a complex brain development disability which makes itself visible during the first 3 years of a person’s life.
    • It is not mental retardation as people with autism may show excellent skills in spheres like art,music, writing etc. The level of intellectual functioning in individuals with ASDs is extremely variable, extending from profound impairment to superior levels.
  • Causes:
    • There are probably many factors that make a child more likely to have an ASD, including environmental and genetic factors.
  • Signs and Symptoms:
    • Difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors.
  • Cure:
    • Although autism is not curable, its symptoms can be addressed with appropriate interventions like evidence-based psychosocial interventions, behavioural treatment and skills training programmes for parents and other caregivers, health promotion, care, rehabilitation services, etc.
  • Global & National Initiatives to Raise Awareness on ASD:

Source: PIB

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