Seva Bharathi: Navachethana Communication Development Centre will treat autistic children

"A child with autism sees things differently than we do. Perceives things in a different light. Can perceive things in ways we could never imagine¡¨- Unknown
"The Autism Awareness Ribbon - The puzzle pattern of this ribbon represents the mystery and complexity of autism. The different colours and shapes represent the diversity of people and families living with autism. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope- hope through researching and increasing awareness in people like you¡¨ -Single Mothers of Children with Autism.
"Being different is what sets you apart from everybody else in this world. It allows you to be unique. It allows you to process information in ways that people will never understand, and see things in ways that others would find unimaginable. It allows you to break free from the mould of society. You are not the same as anybody else, yet you are no different to anybody else. You are YOU¡K- Autistic-ally Beautiful.

Mangalore: The launching of 'Navachetana Vikasa Kendra, a communication development centre, a first of its kind centre in Dakshina Kannada, in association with Com Deall Unit, Bangalore, catering to the needs of Autism patients took place on Saturday, March 22 at V.T. Road, Mangalore. Navachethana aims in offering Early Intervention (EI) service for children with Communication Disorders such as ASD in DK, so families do not have travel to other cities, spending considerable time and money in search of quality services.
Dr Shenoy thanked the donors and well-wishers, especially Canara Bank for their unstinted support and encouragement to the centre. The formal function was inaugurated by lighting of the traditional lamp by Chief guest Shetty, along with guest of honor-Prof. Ramila Shekar-Professor ar Roshini Nilaya School of Social Work, Dr U V Shenoy and Tintu Mary Babu- Speech Language Pathologist at the Centre.

Tintu Mary giving a brief description on Autism Spectrum Disorder said, " Although autism is a lifelong condition, the symptoms can vary over time. The symptoms and its severity vary with each child. Diagnosis of Autism is greatly based on skills, observed behavior, educational and psychological testing, not yet on medical grounds. We need to spread the word and bring awareness about ASD and EI in the community, and also identify children at risk for ASD and refer for EI. Also inform people about Navachetana's work and support families with financial needs".

Prof. Ramila Shekar speaking said, "We need to help children with ASD to lead a normal life. This is the time for us to come forward and address issues pertaining to ASD and help those who are affected to overcome their problems and help them lead a happy life. Let's not confine the issues of ASD just within the compound of the Centre, instead spread the word and bring awareness of ASD in public".
Chief guest Shetty speaking during the occasion said that Canara Bank is very happy to be associated with Seva Bharathi, and will continue to support their projects in the future too. Public also should support and contribute financially towards the good programs and projects that Navachetana undertakes, he urged.
Four energetic and dedicated staff namely Tintu Mary Babu- Speech Language Pathologist, K Raghava Priya- Physiotherapist, Sumana  Baliga and Theertha Kumari, both as Special Educators, will be at helm at various tasks to be performed in taking care of ASD persons at the new " Navachetana Vikasa Kendra".
The vote of thanks was delivered by Tintu Mary, while the function was systematically compered by Chitrakala Karunakar - special educator at Navachetana.


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