Adequate Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children in India

Rajneesh Mahajan, Rajesh Sagar

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Despite the significant burden of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in India, there are areas of unmet needs at every level of the health care system. This includes screening and recognition, reliable and valid tools to evaluate, and to adequately manage ASD. There are also gaps in education and training of medical professionals, paraprofessionals, special education teachers and the related services. Lack of public awareness and cultural factors contribute to delays in early recognition and interventions. A framework is suggested to address these unmet needs at various levels to improve the care of these children with ASD. These include a) a focus on education of medical professionals, paraprofessionals, and teachers; b) setting up infrastructure at community, regional, and statewide levels, with adequate funding; and c) use of audiovisual technology and collaboration with international expertise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalIndian journal of pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2023


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Framework
  • Management
  • Needs
  • Recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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