If you remember the movie ‘Rain Man’, that won four Oscars, you would probably recognise the character named ‘Raymond’ played by Dustin Hoffman, who was autistic and possessed special skills. Autism has been a topic of discussion, for quite some time now. With more and more people coming forward and talking about it, one of vital factor which requires a special attention is treating children with autism.
As informed that a neurodevelopmental centre from Mumbai has done an extensive study to analyse clinical outcomes of functional changes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), before and after receiving the necessary intervention. The scenario is expected to get belter.
“Our 2015 study assessing effect of NHDP (New Horizons Developmental Program) on Outcomes in Children with Autism got published today in the Journal of Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development (formerly, The Asia-Pacific Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation). This is our first ‘impact’ paper in an international journal and we hope for your continued encouragement and support for New Horizons innovations in Developmental Interventions for children with Neuro developmental Disorders,” said Dr Samir Dalwai, neurodevelopmental paediatrician and founder head of New Horizons.
Along with Dr Dalwai, doctors across the country had also released a standardised national guideline for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) recently.
The study was conducted on 38 children who were diagnosed with ASD, between 2 to 6 years of age. These children received occupational and speech therapy. Along with this, parental counselling was also done. “Such kind of study is very important as it helps in getting people aware,” informed Dr Dalwai.
The study found that, multidisciplinary intervention, and adherence to its protocols, has the potential to improve functional ability (or the child’s adaptation to his/her condition) in children with ASD, in a region with limited awareness of developmental disabilities.