Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. ASD is usually first diagnosed in childhood with many of the most obvious signs presenting around 2-3 years old, but some children with autism develop normally until toddlerhood when they stop acquiring or lose previously gained skills. According to the CDC, one in 59 children is estimated to have autism.
This April, Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month, we at MHT India thought about talking to professionals who work closely with children on the spectrum and bring to you an honest conversation around how early intervention can help. We also discuss how the same can help in the transition from childhood to adulthood.
Podcast : Importance of Early Intervention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder | Sonali Nalawade
In this podcast, we are in conversation with Mrs. Sonali Nalawade, who is a special educator as well as an Art based therapist. Questions such as what a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum disorder comprises and what are some of the struggles that are faced by the child as well as the family are addressed in great depth. The importance of early intervention with children with Autism Spectrum disorder is also discussed in detail with the help of relevant case studies and real-life examples.
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Mrs Sonali Mahendra Nalawade is a Special Educator with a Masters’s as well as an MEd degree in Special Education. She is an Art-Therapy based practitioner who uses her knowledge and experience to bond with the child and then helps them express and communicate in ways that are acceptable to society. Mrs. Sonali also has 14 years of experience with the Indian population as well as overseas experience, specifically working with children who have special needs.
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MHT Podcast is an online audio based platform, by Mental Health Today, devoted to sharing information and awareness on mental health-related issues. MHT Podcast has a variety of series such as MHT Podcast | Therapy for Thoughts, MHT Podcast | Autism Support, MHT Podcast | Survivor Series, MHT Podcast | Bibliotherapy, MHT Podcast | Media Reviews, MHT Podcast | Psychology 101 and more. These different series reflects a new and more diverse perspective of mental health in our society and also at an individual level.
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