Care for Autism

Our Services

At Care For Autism, our efforts are channelized at providing the latest advancements in treatment with tender loving care to foster overall development and empowerment of the children of our family.

We provide individual care to the children in an attempt to lessen the deficits and barriers associated with autism and other autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our constant endeavor is to increase the quality of life and functional independence of the children. Treatment is typically tailored to the child's needs as opposed to the administration of blanket remedies. It will not be out of place to mention here that treatments fall into two major categories: educational interventions and medical management. Training and support are also given to families of those with ASD as it is extremely important for the families to be not only aware and receptive of the needs of the children but also to extend the tender loving care that is needed for the overall wellbeing and development.

1) Assessment
We conduct functional assessment for individuals with autism which gives picture of the individual's level at different skills areas. Based on the report we give a recommended program.

2) Consultancy
This is the often the first point of contact with families. During such sessions families can meet one of our therapists to discuss their concerns about their child or family member with ASD. During the sessions we with the family arrive at the best course of action for getting help for their child.

3) Counselling
Families, where there is an individual with autism, often feel isolated and cut off from society. To redress this, we have started individual counselling sessions as well as group counselling.

During these focused group discussions, information is given on topics such as stress management, solving eating and sleeping problems, helping siblings and members of the extended families, managing others reactions, exploring treatment options and looking to the future. Parents can during such sessions explore and develop their own resources in a supportive environment over a few weeks. We also invite doctors, psychiatrists and other professionals from time to time to talk to parents and other family members.

4) Language & Communication Therapy
Language & communication skills are taught to both verbal and non-verbal children. Alternative Language Program and the Picture Exchange Communication System are used as part of the program. Language and Communication skills are also developed through group activities.

5) Mainstreaming We feel strongly that all children have a right to education. We have through early intervention capacitated children with Autism to attend mainstream school.

Since Autism is a lifelong challenge the mainstreamed children will require help so that their communication and social skill continue to evolve, at par with their age and peers and much as possible.

We also work closely with mainstreamed schools where there are students with autism. Together with the school we work out strategies that help the child with ASD to overcome his/her problems.

6) Asperger Unit The higher end of the Autism Spectrum very rarely gets help. There is often a misunderstanding about the needs of the individual with Asperger Syndrome. We offer an after school support for such children attending mainstream school. This includes developing communication, focusing specifically on comprehension, developing socially appropriate behaviour and academic issues.

7) Awareness through Workshops Our aim is empowerment which we believe means that we up date not only our own knowledge but also make that knowledge available to others through conducting workshops on Autism. This enables others to update themselves and participate in discussions on Autism in the Indian context.

8) Individualized Training Programs
Every child is assessed by a multidisciplinary team that comprises of the special educator, occupational therapist and language therapist. An individual educational plan (IEP) is then designed for him/her. Both professionals and parents implement this program. The parents are trained to run the program at home. Progress is monitored and programs are modified as per need.

9) Exhibitions
Exhibitions of the students' work are held every year where items made by students of the pre-vocational group as part of their training are displayed.

10) National, Cultural and Religious Celebrations
We consciously instill in the students a feeling of patriotism, religious unity and mutual respect by celebrating Independence Day, Diwali, Holi and Christmas etc.