Soham was three years of age when he took up the three months training at ASWB. But he was diagnosed at two and half years of age. He was a non verbal child with some behavioral issues and lack of interest in food. It was after the training that Soham has learned to communicate with two or three signs and he even pull our hands to show what he wants. He has also developed an interest in food. Arpita Nanda, Soham’s mother used to prepare food for him when they went out for dinner or lunch in a restaurant but now he has developed an interest in food prepared in restaurants and parties. He has also learned to do things individually. His mother is elated at Soham’s improvement. In her words, “I will always remain grateful to ASWB. It is such a wonderful organization for autistic children and their.
Briti was diagnosed with autism at an age of three years. Her problem areas were lack of communication, poor eye contact and lack of attention. After three months training she has learned socially appropriate behavior. Laxmi Rani Mahanta, her mother says that she can take Briti to social gatherings, market place and parks. She waits in the shop until her mother finishes shopping. Briti now pulls her mother’s hand to show what she wants be it chips, biscuits, cold drinks, chocos, water, fruits etc. She waits for her father to come home, when he arrives from office she gives a big smile which is precious for the them. Her mother says it’s because of the training that we have got at ASWB, Briti has learned and improved. In her words, ’ASWB is like a ray of hope. Moreover, here we have met so many people whose child has been diagnosed with autism so it has become a support system for us where we can share our feeling with each other.’
Debanjan was a hyperactive child with poor eye contact and sitting habit and diagnosed with autism at an age of three years and two months. It was after three months training program that his sitting habit has improved. He can now points to objects that he wants and even interacts with other people. Radharani Mandal, his mother proudly shares that he can now follow instructions better than before, even walk on the road without any problem. For Radharani Mandal, “ASWB is a source of light and a guide’, it’s with their guidance I have been able to teach and manage my child in a better way”.
Dhritiraj had different behavioral issues along with speech problem and poor eye contact. It was after three months training that there has been some improvement in his behavior. Pushpita, his mother says that ‘Now he tries to show what he wants by taking us to that object. He is using hand gestures to show things he likes and dislikes. When his father comes from office he takes me to the gate and through hand gestures ask me too open it for his father so that he can come in’. She is very satisfied with the improvement and believes that it’s the special educators who taught her who to manage him. Pushpita says, ‘The special educators also gave us mental support and also learned about autism at ASWB’.
Debjit was very aggressive and restless, he never use to sit still for a second when he was diagnosed with autism at an age of three years and two months. His vocabulary consisted of three/ four words or sentences. It was after three months training that saw a huge improvement in his behavior. After the training he can now connect with other people especially elderly people. His vocabulary stock has also increased. He can now eat alone in restaurants. His mother Debolina Adhikary points out that “He can now express his needs in small sentences like baba office theke chips niye asbe,Debjit car kore bei bei jabe. She says I owe a lot to ASWB as it has instiiled a hope in me that my son can learn even if he does not attend a mainstream school”.
Sohinee, Sukrit’s mother noticed some unusual behavioral traits in him. For instance, he was obsessed with round objects like wheels of cars, ball etc. He used few words rather single words, his main way of communication was pointing fingers at objects or things. Moreover, he did not chew his food. Then he was diagnosed with autism at two years and ten months. After diagnosis, they took up ten days and three months training respectively. Now, after undergoing three months training Sukrit has learned to chew his food. He is brushing his teeth now. Sohinee says,” Thank god! He can now chew his food .It’s a big freedom in my life, we can now go for dinner at restaurants without worrying about his food. He is also mingling with other children of his age.’’ She believes that Chandrani madam is her mentor, philoposher and guide. Sohinee also praises the way educators teach them ways of managing the child practically as well as theoretically. It is here in ASWB that she has found support and has developed a strong bond with the parents. In her words, ‘It’s like a family now’.