The psychiatry department of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH) will conduct a study to assess the prevalence rate of autism in Chandigarh.
According to the GMCH administration, the Indian Council of Medical Research has sanctioned a project to the department of psychiatry to conduct prevalence study in the city by holding a household survey.
In this project, a population of one lakh from different sectors and villages of the city will be covered by counsellors and research workers from the department of psychiatry.
All children between age of one-and-a-half and 10 years will be assessed during the survey, which will start on Thursday to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that appears during early childhood. In this disorder, a child’s communication and social behaviour may be deviant, and he/she may also have some odd repetitive behaviours. At times, children having autism also may have intellectual disability. The disorder is usually apparent before the age of three.
The department of psychiatry, GMCH, Sector 32, has been running the child guidance clinic since 1998, where more than 200 cases with autism have been addressed. A regional institute for mentally handicapped also functions at the department, where more than 250 children with autism are enrolled. Both these institutes have facilities for diagnosis of autism.