Caring for a common condition on Autism Awareness Day

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Rahul makes an effort on an exercise cycle as part of his daily routine at an NGO centre in New Delhi. Autism is one of the most common neurological disorders that affects the way a child reacts to people and his immediate environment, with one out of five hundred children in India diagnosed with this medical condition. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Rahul makes an effort on an exercise cycle as part of his daily routine at an NGO centre in New Delhi. Autism is one of the most common neurological disorders that affects the way a child reacts to people and his immediate environment, with one out of five hundred children in India diagnosed with this medical condition. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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A teacher at an NGO uses visual cue cards to teach an autistic child. Most kids with autism have a lot of problem learning and communicating and it's equally challenging for someone to teach them these basics. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

A teacher at an NGO uses visual cue cards to teach an autistic child. Most kids with autism have a lot of problem learning and communicating and it's equally challenging for someone to teach them these basics. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Aryan shows compulsive behaviour traits which are common with autistic children. Here he using single colored blocks to make what his teacher assumed was India Gate but he kept repeating the term "tower castle." (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Aryan shows compulsive behaviour traits which are common with autistic children. Here he using single colored blocks to make what his teacher assumed was India Gate but he kept repeating the term "tower castle." (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Shraddha solves a puzzle. Games promoting simple problem solving and motor skills have been proven extremely beneficial in therapy programs. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Shraddha solves a puzzle. Games promoting simple problem solving and motor skills have been proven extremely beneficial in therapy programs. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Gokul sits on the floor in a strange posture as he looks away from the camera. Autistic individuals have trouble with things that come naturally to us like pointing at things and maintaining eye contact with people, and cameras too. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Gokul sits on the floor in a strange posture as he looks away from the camera. Autistic individuals have trouble with things that come naturally to us like pointing at things and maintaining eye contact with people, and cameras too. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Tarun tries to calm himself down in between two sessions with his teachers. A skill some individuals pick up after years of therapy is the ability to control themselves to some extent when in public places. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Tarun tries to calm himself down in between two sessions with his teachers. A skill some individuals pick up after years of therapy is the ability to control themselves to some extent when in public places. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Piyush being chased by his mother as he runs away from a playing session. His mother works at an NGO and many like her who work in such organizations are parents and relatives of autistic individuals and have first hand experience of dealing with them, making them great assets. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Piyush being chased by his mother as he runs away from a playing session. His mother works at an NGO and many like her who work in such organizations are parents and relatives of autistic individuals and have first hand experience of dealing with them, making them great assets. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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A calender of an autistic adult at a center for autistic adults. Autistic individuals, with enough exposure, can pick up repetitive skills and contribute in their own way. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

A calender of an autistic adult at a center for autistic adults. Autistic individuals, with enough exposure, can pick up repetitive skills and contribute in their own way. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Nano hard at work as he makes patterns out of wollen threads. It is a significant achievement being trusted with a needle as many autistic people are prone to self harm. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Nano hard at work as he makes patterns out of wollen threads. It is a significant achievement being trusted with a needle as many autistic people are prone to self harm. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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A care giver holding a session on hygiene for adults. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

A care giver holding a session on hygiene for adults. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Piyush colors in a butterfly during a session of coloring as part of his routine. Coloring exercise helps children develop fine motor skills. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Piyush colors in a butterfly during a session of coloring as part of his routine. Coloring exercise helps children develop fine motor skills. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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Dravid sits next to his one of his care givers after finishing his session of coloring. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

Dravid sits next to his one of his care givers after finishing his session of coloring. (Vageesh Lall/ HT Photo)

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