New Delhi: Six-year-old Tanvi Roy flaps her hands continuously for hours, while Ankit Prakash, 17, doesn`t go to the toilet but eases himself in the kitchen or drawing room every night. These children are not mentally retarded but suffer from autism, a neuro-development disorder.It is not just about Tanvi or Ankit, according to Autism Society of India (ASI). About one in 80 people are known to suffer from Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), characterised as social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviour.Early diagnosis and social acceptance of children suffering from the neurological disorder are necessary for their welfare, say experts."Autism needs a multi-disciplinary approach. There are only a few organisations and schools that cater to children with autism in India, most of which are NGOs and parent-run centres," ASI secretary Lambodar Ray said.
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