We all have a need to be understood. But few among us struggle to stitch a sentence together. Conversational breakdowns are common among people who are but not limited to hard of hearing, battling autism, or suffering from speech delays.

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A fabulous find for Michael

A fabulous find for Michael

Bur Dubai-resident Anila Gonsalves’s life changed when her older son Michael was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. “We were lucky to catch it early. The principal of his nursery and day care was the first to observe it and she immediately let us know that there could be a problem. At that point in time he was not responding to his name, had no speech, and loud sounds would not deter him,” Anila says.

“I took my time to digest the news. There were a lot of sleepless nights, crying and thinking how do I fix it?”

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