TAMIL NADU

Aikya commemorates World Autism Day

SOULFUL RENDITION: Children of Aikya performing to a Tamil song ‘Mukunda, Mukunda’ at the 19th Foundation Day of the school on Thursday.

SOULFUL RENDITION: Children of Aikya performing to a Tamil song ‘Mukunda, Mukunda’ at the 19th Foundation Day of the school on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: S. THANTHONI

Special Correspondent

“What we need is one teacher for every child with autism,”

CHENNAI: On the second World Autism Day on Thursday, parents and special educators of children with autism in Chennai called for more awareness about the problem and the need to better the chances of improvement of such children through training.

At a programme organised by Aikya, a school for special children, parents spoke of the need for awareness.

“For every child with autism you need a dedicated teacher. As special schools we provide one teacher for every eight children but what we need is one teacher for every child with autism,” said Parvathy Viswanath, founder of the school, which celebrated its 19th Foundation Day on Thursday.

“A majority of children with autism have a problem with communication and socialisation. These children are unable to say what they want. Early intervention is the key.”

While awareness among doctors had increased in the past several decades, parents did not yet have any clue to the behaviour of their child with autism, said M. Ravichandran, a parent. He wanted the State Government to include all special educators in its ambit and ensure that they are paid well.

Children of Aikya performed to songs from Tamil movies. Table tennis player V. Chandrashekar and theatre and television actor A.R.S. participated.

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