BANGALORE: As the world gears up to celebrate Autism Awareness Week, the Communication Developmental Eclectic Approach to Language Learning (DEALL) organised a mini-carnival Fun Fete 2012 for children with Autism.
The theme for the day was: Early identification followed by early intervention is the need of the hour. Families and friends of children with Autism gathered at St Thomas Centre to celebrate. The group backed this up with a workshop for enhancing awareness on autism, early identification and early intervention for physicians.
“Increase in the number of children diagnosed with Autism is a worldwide phenomenon that has caused widespread concern across societies over the last couple of decades. There is a need to increase society’s awareness of the problem and to know how best to deal with it,” the organisers said. Further, stressing on how there is no scientifically established cause for Autism despite extensive research, they added: “The approaches to treatment are many and varied with hardly any scientific validation. The only consensus among scientific is that intensive early intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) makes a clinically-significant long-term difference in their lives,” they asserted at the workshop.
There was also a fund-raising carnival that aimed at collecting donations to set up a toy and book library for children. There were interactive games, amusement rides, and puppet shows among others.