As we turn our attention to world autism day, observed annually on April 2nd, we are reminded of the importance of understanding and supporting individuals with autism and their families. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social communication and interaction, as well as repetitive behaviors or restricted interests.
While the exact causes of autism are not yet known, research suggests that it is a result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term used to describe a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
Therapies can be effective in managing symptoms.
Other common symptoms include sensitivity to sound, light, touch, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Some individuals with autism may be nonverbal, while others may have difficulty with social interactions or repetitive behaviors. Autism typically appears during the first three years of life. Early diagnosis and intervention is important, as it can improve outcomes.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating autism, as the condition affects each individual differently. However, there are a range of interventions and therapies that can be effective in managing symptoms and helping people with autism conduct day to day activities. Early intervention is often key to achieving the best outcomes, as it can help to address developmental delays and reduce the impact of autism on everyday life.
Families suffer from inability to afford required therapy.
A comprehensive treatment plan may include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and social skills training, among other interventions. There is currently no cure for autism, but with effective treatment, people with autism can live fulfilling and productive lives.
There are many families who suffer from the inability to afford required therapy for persons with autism. This can be a very difficult situation for the family, as they may not be able to provide the necessary care for their loved one. This can often lead to further difficulties, such as financial strain and emotional hardship.
Delays in diagnosis will impact on the child’s development.
In Nigeria, treatment centers work with families to offer treatment at a reduced cost. In some cases, the treatment center may reduce the price by 75%. Even with these reduced prices equaling N15,000 most can not afford these assessment fees. Autism is often diagnosed late, this delay in diagnosis can have a significant impact on the child’s development and quality of life.