Seek Out Help For Your Special Child Through Fundraising
By: Astha & Chiara
Published On: March 31, 2021
Children operate on 5 primary emotions - fear, anger, sadness, interest and joy. These emotions are stimulated in the environment created by the parents. In autistic children, senses and emotions can often be overstimulated. Emotional and sensory stability lay a foundation for the autistic child’s growth. Hence, awareness and access to treatment are important when raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
ASD is a life-long disorder that cannot simply be ‘cured’ or ‘grown out of’. To function in a fast-paced society, special children need to learn how to exercise control over their emotions and senses. Although there is no set rulebook the parents of autistic children can follow, providing safety and structure to a special child can work wonders. A personalized treatment plan includes a set of therapies to regulate the behaviour of special children while educating them.
The three major therapies for autistic children that helps them function better are:
- Occupational Therapy
Helps the children get better with motor skills and everyday tasks
- Speech Therapy
Involves gestures and nonverbal communication such as learning how to actively listen and maintain eye contact
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
Parents and family members are trained to give feedback to their special child and reinforce positive behaviour
In India, 1 in 100 children under age 10 has autism syndrome. Among the population of 1.3 billion, millions of families of special children are either unaware of their children’s treatments or fall short of adequate finances to provide enough medical support to their children.
2018 DNA reports state that -
Medical treatment and therapies for special children can cost up to Rs 2 to 4 lakh every year.
Speech and vocational therapy cost Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 every month.
A single session of speech therapy can cost Rs 500.
Even special schools charge lakhs of rupees for full-time treatment and care.
For lower-middle-class and below poverty line (BPL) families, it becomes difficult to provide their child with proper treatment for autism. In both urban and rural India, while some parents are aware of the disorder, their hands are tied due to tight financial constraints.
Several NGOs fostering autistic children face similar issues. Considering the expenses, they run out of funds for special education staff and the necessary equipment for the children’s holistic care.
But against all odds, you can provide your special child with the treatment they require by fundraising on ImpactGuru.
As rightly quoted by South Korean politician Ban Ki-moon,
“Schools connect children to their communities.
Jobs connect adults to their societies.
Persons with autism deserve to walk the same path.”
Start your own fundraiser and hundreds of kind souls will come to your child’s rescue to help them receive their expensive therapies to learn and bloom. ImpactGuru will be happy to help you in case you need any guidance in your fundraising journey.