Thursday, July 17, 2008

Raising a child with autism in Thailand

Chatpirat Bansanthia teaches her daughter Luck how to make artificial flowers.

The Bangkok Post in Thailand reports on one mother's focus on raising her daughter with autism. The feature tells the story of Chatpirat Bansanthia, 43, who gave up her job as a salesperson to devote her time to her daughter.

"She needs greater care than my elder child, so I didn't hesitate to devote most of my time to her," Chatpirat said of Luck, who is now 10 years old.

Luck has gained many life skills through the nurturing from her family.

"From a child who never responded to others, she has learned to interact and even show some affection for her parents. She inquired about her father when he looked ill, and brought him a glass of water. She learns more life skills daily. Today she can cook rice and make a simple omelet. We feel more at ease to leave her alone at home," her mother said.