Guildford lights up blue for World Autism Day

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Autism's most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. The world was beginning to take note. And as understanding of the disorder has increased in recent years, some advocates for people living with autism say greater acceptance is needed. One high-functioning autistic girl spoke in full sentences at 10 months and could read at 15 months.

Sultana Afdhal, CEO of World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH, ) a global initiative of Qatar Foundation said that WISH had published a comprehensive report on autism in 2016. There is no scientific evidence to support this. However, Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor who first promoted the idea, has been discredited, his article in The Lancet retracted and his licence to practice medicine revoked by the British Medical Council. "Only then will we be prepared to handle the child the next day", she added.

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder.

In some parts of Ghana, the condition is still attributed to witchcraft or a curse from the gods, with affected children and adults subjected to various forms of abuse and stereotyping.

To maximize the quality of life across the entire autism spectrum, we must ensure that ASD is accurately identified and diagnosed in both children and adults.

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Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system. Others may be more isolated and find things much more of a struggle.

The slogan for the awareness campaign is "Light it up blue" as the colour blue is associated with peace, calmness and honesty. The blue illuminated Qutub Minar. Sometimes, parents gets frustrated when their kids misbehave, not realising the children are autistic. The symptoms become apparent in children aged two or three.

Though this sounds like good news for girls with ASD, not being diagnosed early will actually lead to serious mental health issues as they grow into adolescence. "They will definitely help". She said Autism lies between ongoing social problems (communication and interaction difficulty) and repetitive behaviours, as well as limited interest or activities, repetitive movements, or self-abusive behaviour like head banging.

Every child on the spectrum is different. The onset of speech might have been delayed or she would have stopped saying words she was known to have been using earlier. Speaking on recent developments and preparations towards this year's event, Educational Director at the facility, Elorm Duah stressed on the importance of special care for autistic children.