The experience of autism for children and parents as tough, challenging, and deeply frustrating is well documented. However, despite the profound uncertainty for everyone, also undeniable is how the coordinated efforts of families, educators, and many others have helped these children improve.
Associate Prof Dr Annapurny Venkiteswaran’s journey with her son Siddarth is a case in point. Nine-year-old Siddarth is a student at Taarana School in Malaysia, a centre for children with special education needs. RYTHM Foundation, the social impact initiative of the QI Group, established the school in 2011.
The heart-warming story of Dr Annapurny’s boundless love to help her son overcome his struggles and her experience with Taarana has been featured in the leading Malaysian English news portal, theSun Daily.
The interview with Dr Annapurny captures her experience with Siddarth’s diagnosis, therapy, and positive strides at Taarana. Since joining the school, Siddarth has begun to reach his goals, including learning to play the piano and making new friends.