Prevalence of autism among school children in selected schools at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
Suchitra S, Kalavathi B, Latha P and Dr. Indira Arumugam
Background: Autism is a genetic disorder of neuronal organization occurring mode frequently in boys than girls chromosomal abnormalities are present in 5% - 6% of children with autism that is they develop language slowly or not at all. Autism is a severe development disorder with neurologic perceptual, psychologic and behavioral dysfunction in the child under 30 months of age.
Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of autism among school children in selected schools.
Objectives: To determine the prevalence of autism among school children in selected schools at Nellore. 2. To find the association between prevalence of autism among school children with their socio demographic variables.
Methodology: 100 school children aged 5-15 years and studying in Govt. School were selected by using Non-probability convenience sampling technique method.
Results: Regarding the prevalence rate of autism among school children, 98 (98%) of them had no autism and only 2(2%) of children had symptoms of autism.