Autistic child needs to study with others: Nandita

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 15 April 2013 17:30 IST

Dr Nandita D'Souza released 'Umalyancho Kurpono'. Ishan is on extreme left. (Photo: Arvind Tengse)

Inclusive education along with other children is the right method to bring the children suffering with Autism out of the disorder, says Dr Nandita D’Souza, director of Sethu, an NGO working among the special children.

Dr D’Souza published ‘Umalyancho Kurpono’, a poetry collection by Maya Mangesh Kamat, based on her struggle while bringing up her autistic son Ishan.

Ishan, now 18-year old, was present on the dais and was also felicitated at the hands of Pundalik Naik, president of Goa Konkani Academy.

Dr D’Souza in fact appealed to all the people to look at it as a social obligation to help the autistic children, while insisting on a fact that Autism is not a disease but a disorder.

She appreciated the effort of Dinesh Manerkar, publisher of Sanjana Publications, to organize a talk on ‘Our social obligation towards Special Children’.

On the same lines, she appealed to the writers to come forward to teach the Autistic children, study and write about it and also have public debates in order to educate the parents and the society.

Early detection of Autism can help a big deal to make the autistic child part of the society, she observed.

Dr D’Souza also pointed out that making the whole society aware of autism is the best solution so that the autistic child is improved by all of us.

Socialisation is the biggest problem the autistic child faces and it is our obligation to help the child to socialize, said Dr D’Souza.

We also need to understand that the autistic child takes time to develop language skills and accordingly we should get accustomed to the behavior of the autistic children, she told the gathering.

Maya, an architect by profession, in her emotional speech in fact said the understanding shown by her family, friends and educated society helped her bring up Ishan.

Pundalik Naik said Maya’s poetry is a quality product because it is based on the psychological struggle she and her family have gone through.

He also informed that Goa Konkani Academy is publishing Maya’s second book, based on the study she has conducted on Autism.

“It is so rich in quality that I am sure it would be translated into all Indian languages and would be a guiding lamp to all the parents struggling with their autistic children, said Naik. 

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if schools in goa had to follow dr nanditas advice it would have been a great help for parents with autism children.

- jose socorro almeida, fatorda goa | 09 th August 2014 00:02


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