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The eleventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2018 and this year the focus is on empowering women and girls with autism and involving them and various representative communities in policy and decision making to address these challenges.

The 11th World Autism Awareness Day is being observed across the world in order to raise awareness about autism, a development disorder of children, characterized by impaired communication, excessive rigidity, and emotional detachment.

Early loss of social kills, lack of language skills, ADHD, intellectual disability, sleep problems, wandering and toe walking are conditions which might affect a child with autism. An autistic person has difficulties with social communication, skills and awareness and find themselves in a rigid behavioural mode.

Meanwhile, new research shows kids with autism and ADHD are at higher risk for anxiety and mood disorders.

Children with autism spectrum - a developmental disorder than can range from mild to extreme - need special education that the current system in the country is far too overwhelmed to provide.

It is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

One Tampa Bay area girl uses her talents to break the negative stigma about autism.

"One of the biggest misconceptions can be that maybe people with autism can't work, which is absolutely not the case", Keely said.

Though ASD is a non-preventable mental health issue, it is important to know that through therapies like art therapy, applied behaviour analysis therapy, play therapy, behavioural improvements / management is possible, said Dr Nethra Balasubramaniam, counselling psychologist, Fortis Malar Hospital. After he was diagnosed with autism, she quit her job and got herself trained to impart social skills and ensure he receives a good education.

A key suggestion Sidra Medicine's experts made includes acknowledging and cultivating interests, strengths, and talents of people suffering from ASD.

This is an attempt to support teachers in developing and expanding their own capacities to facilitate and support learners with diverse needs; help teachers become better at teaching all students together regardless of their abilities, disabilities or background of experiences.

What needs to be understood is that symptoms and needs of children with autism can be extremely diverse. "World Autism Acceptance Day", passed in council on 1 November 2007, and adopted on 18 December 2007.


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