10 Things to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is basically a wide range of behavioral and developmental disorders that results from a combination of certain traits. The autism spectrum disorder will range from low functioning autism to high functioning autism to normal behavior and to possibly hyper socialization.

An autism spectrum disorder is considered to be a persuasive developmental disorder, which basically means that it interferes with a child’s normal developmental abilities such as communication and speech. Autism spectrum disorders are not specific developmental disorders such as dyslexia. It is important to note that many people who have this disorder usually end up living in dire poverty.

Listed below are 10 things to know about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  1. At early stages, a child can start to demonstrate the three key signs of autism; impeded social interaction, communication challenges, and tedious behavior.
  2. Young girl who have autistic symptoms might experience the ill effects of Rett Syndrome. The disorder influences commonly females. Development is common up to 6 to 18 months, when motor milestones and language are lost.
  3. Researchers and parents debates on whether autism should be considered as a disability or rather be considered as a personal sort of trait.

4, Though kids with a autism have many issues such as eating and constipation, (for example, repetitive eating), they normally do not have a higher occurrence of gastrointestinal issues than other kids.

  1. Research reveals that having an elderly father increases a child’s danger of autism. Kids who are born to men over 40 years old are just about six times more prone to have an autism issue than those who are born to men more youthful men (30 years of age). The maternal age appears to have little impact on the autism risk
  2. Researchers have discovered that the region of the brain which is known as the amygdala was about large 13% bigger in kids with autism as contrasted to the kids without it.
  3. Autism is more prone than childhood diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined
  4. Ecological factors that could trigger the predisposed genes to undergo mutation and lead to autism are many and could incorporate certain medications, chemicals, heavy exposure to metals, anti-infection agents, prolong TV viewing, fire retardant, or diseases amid pregnancy.
  5. Autism Spectrum Disorders is approximately 5 times more typical among boy child (1 of every 42) than among girl child (1 of every 189). They are additionally reported in all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups.
  6. Many researchers believe that autism is a mix of genetic vulnerability that is activated by some sort of social or poisonous influence.

Source: http://www.articles.studio9xb.com/Articles-of-2018/10-things-know-about-autism-spectrum-disorder

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Vaakya – A New Voice for the Voiceless

A picture-based application “Vaakya” has been launched by Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN) charitable school, to help differently-abled and speech impaired children and enable them to learn alternative and augmentative communication.

Introducing the main features of the app to the press representatives at a press briefing, Ms. Vandana Sharma, Director of the School told that, “The app is extremely helpful for the persons who have lost their power to speak or read. Besides, it will also help people affected by cerebral palsy, autism and several other mental and physical conditions“.

She further told that “The app is a combination of audio and custom images. An individual can relate to these images and phrases that will eventually lead towards his/her enhanced ability to communicate effectively. The app aims to make speech impaired persons self-reliant and independent“.

Vaakya in Hindi means “sentence” and the app is equipped with amazing and user-friendly features. This also allows to create multiple accounts, hence, parents/guardians, therapists and teachers can share and use images and actions particular to an individual person. Not only that, it combines custom images and audio that makes it free from language dependence. Further the speech linked with actions can be recorded in multiple languages. According to the estimates, respectively 7.5 % and 5.8 % of the total differently abled population in India face speech and hearing impairments. Therefore, this app is expected to help a considerable population all over India.

Vaakya, a free communication app for voiceless, launched by MBCN, is not internet dependent rather it uses the phone’s memory. It was made available free on Google play store on 16 February on the eve of School’s 18th annual day. It can be downloaded from; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.edu.aut….

Other than the app, MBCN also launched an e-commerce portal that sells products made by the special students of the school under its vocational training program “Swayam”. Though not wide, but very special handmade products range from office stationery, gifts, wedding gifts, packaging items and paper bags. Like Vaakya this portal also has simple interface and contains all details including size, specifications and price of the products. This portal is connected to school’s website http://www.mbcnschool.org and customers can buy the products from there.

Based in Noida, India and founded in 1999 Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan School is one of the largest schools in India for differently abled children. It has been providing complete rehabilitation services to mentally and physically challenged children. Currently, the number of its beneficiaries is more than 1000 students. It is run by Ponty Chadha Foundation.

News Source: https://www.prlog.org/12640117-vaakya-new-voice-for-the-voiceless.html