The Fifth Annual Sports Meet of Chrysalis, a school for holistic development of children with autism, Neelankarai, was held on Saturday (December 15).

The event was declared open by Sudha Mahesh, Founder-Principal, Headstart Learning Centre International, Chennai. Speaking on the occasion, Sudha Mahesh said, “God has given autistic child to you, so that you can take care of them. My school takes care of children with down syndrome, dyslexia, and cerebral palsy.

Do not feel ashamed to take your children outdoors. Take care of them in the best way possible. Give them more independence to learn and grow.”

Rekha Supriya, Principal, Chrysalis, said early intervention of autism is essential as the developmental disorder affects the normal development of communication, social interaction and sensory perception. Soon after this families should be informed about suitable science-based intervention options. Numerous games _ running race, elephant walk, basket ball, throw ball, hurdles, class relay, drill, shot put, cricket, skating, and musical chair were conducted for the children.

The school run by Roshinipriya Charitable Trust, started in 2006, caters to 28 students with autism in the age group of 3 to 14 years, where different therapies have been assembled to suit the needs of each child.

The school teaches the children yoga, organized sports, occupational therapy, speech therapy, swimming, academics, life skills, and training in communication, arts and crafts.