17 Dec, 2015

Counselling parents makes children with autism communicative

Hindustan Times | Sanchita Sharma |16 December 2015

A parent-based therapy that helps children with autism communicate better with their families works when adapted and localised to fit low-resource settings in south Asia, report researchers from India, Pakistan and the UK in the international journal Lancet Psychiatry on Wednesday.

Autism is one of the world’s fastest growing developmental challenges that affects up to 70 million people, causing a severe effect on the social development of children. The initiative has been adapted for South Asia by Goa-based NGO Sangath in collaborated with the universities of Manchester and Liverpool and partners in Pakistan to successfully test it in India and Pakistan.