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India develops tool for screening autism

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2010 23:17 IST
Mallica Joshi
Mallica Joshi
Hindustan Times
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The National Institute for Medically Handicapped has developed a standardised screening tool for autistic individuals. The Indian Scale for Assessment of Autism (ISAA) is the first indigenous autism screening tool. ISAA was developed after a nationwide study of 3,000 children.

The test takes 20 minutes to assess; the tool is currently available in English.

A three-day conference, starting Thursday, has been organised by Tamanna, a non-profit organisation for mentally challenged individuals, and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and was inaugurated by CM Sheila Dikshit.

The tool distinguishes between different levels of impairment caused by autism. “ISAA helps us classify autistic individuals in five categories. This will help the government allocate aid for each category,” said Dr P. Jeyachandran, clinical research psychologist, who was involved in the development of the tool.