ගෝලීය ජනගහනයෙන් සියයට දෙකක් පමණ ජනගහනයක් ඔටිසම් රෝගයෙන් (ASD) පෙළති. නිශ්චිතම සංඛ්යාවක් ගණනය කොට පෙන්විය නොහැකි වුවද ලොව පුරා මිලියන ගණනක් ජනතාව ඔටිසම් හේතුවෙන් පීඩා විදිති. ලංකාවේ ගත් කළ දස දහස් හෝ සිය දහස් ගණනක් ජනතාව ඔටිසම් ආබාධ සහිතය.
SLYCAN Trust organised a day of assessments for children with special needs in Hikkaduwa as part of its project titled Give a Voice. The project aims to provide assessments of communication skills to children with special needs (autistic, children with down syndrome), free therapy sessions for children with special needs from families with financial difficulties, empower children with special needs through skills development.
Autism is not a term that is heard in Sri Lankan households but one that is soon becoming one that is affecting many households. With many children being diagnosed with symptoms within the autism spectrum disorder, awareness on how to address autism is a question that is raised by many, especially by parents who have children with autism. Ishanthi Perera is a consultant behaviour therapist and heads the skill building unit at ABC School of Early Learning. She spoke to SLYCAN Trust on her experiences working with autism and why autism awareness is important.
For every school in the world, chances are high that at least one attending child has been (or could be) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Many regular schools struggle with the challenge to include those children into their daily routines, while others have special personnel, training and facilities to accommodate them. If autism isn’t properly diagnosed or teachers aren’t properly trained, autistic children might be seen as merely lazy, inattentive, clumsy or stupid, resulting in frustration and insufficient encouragement of their interests and abilities.
AUTISM is everywhere today. From international events (World Autism Awareness Week 2017 goes from March 27th to April 2nd), special schools and parental support groups to an increasing representation in media (“Sesame Street” just introduced Julia, an autistic muppet with an inclination toward music, “Rain Man” won four Oscars), autism cannot be overlooked.