Autistic kid’s mother endeavours to help special kids
Autistic kid’s mother endeavours to help special kids.Dr V Sindhuma identified her son’s development disability at the age of three months and tried almost everything to set him right. But nothing worked.
Dr V Sindhuma identified her son’s development disability at the age of three months and tried almost everything to set him right. But nothing worked. She had to accept that her child was autistic. Dr Sindhuma, a native of Vijayawada who had settled in Hyderabad, recognised the need for special centres for children with special needs.
With the support of her husband V Kumar, she started Autism Research and Multidisciplinary School (ARMS) under their Abhaya Care Foundation in Hyderabad in 2010. After bifurcation of the State, she returned to her native place and started a school for autistic children at Patamata. At present, 13 autistic children are being taught behavioural skills at the school.
In conversation with the CityTAB, Dr Sindhuma said, “I am proud of my son. He is my guru and he taught me how to be strong and determined and face challenges with confidence. Parents of special children should come out to the public with their wards without any inhibitions. Providing them the right exposure and training will help bring the best out of the special children. It is only when parents speak out and stand solidly behind their children that the social stigma attached to autism will vanish.”
“People must treat these children like any other human. The government and NGOs need to extend their total support to autistic children to create a confidence among them. At our school in Hyderabad, we used to take the children to public places like temples and parks. In Vijayawada, acceptable rest rooms for the special children are totally absent. Most of the children cannot take stairs, so ramps alongside steps need to be built at public places for the special children to enable them to experience the public surroundings better and enjoy the nature,” she added.
Abhaya Care Foundation will organise an awareness programme about autism at 5 pm in LEPL Inox Complex in Vijayawada on Wednesday in observance of World Autism Day. A CD containing activities of the foundation and the school will be released to mark the occasion. Paper bags, envelopes and other handmade products made by the special children will be put for sale as an encouragement to their creative abilities.
By Ch Sowmya Sruthi