Last yr, Rashwin Kalithas, 5, gained a spot within the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for naming 98 flags in 9 minutes and 54 seconds, probably the most quantity of worldwide flags recognized by a baby with autism.
On Nov 7, the Selangor-based boy added one other feather to his cap by gaining one other entry in MBR for being the youngest autistic youngster to carry a solo digital arts exhibition.
Recognising Rashwin’s expertise means so much to him and his household. His mom, Krishnarani Balakrishnan, 39, is thrilled with her son’s MBR recognition.
“I am incredibly proud and amazed by Rashwin’s talents. Words can never describe our happiness. My husband and I want to showcase his unique talent. But, most importantly, we want autism to be seen as part of him.
“We want to break the misconception or negativity surrounding people with autism. MBR has given us a platform to achieve our goals,” says Krishnarani throughout a current cellphone interview from Semenyih, Selangor.
The gifted youngster’s month-long exhibition, The World Through His Eye: Immersive Visual Experience, was held on the Digital Art Gallery by Filamen in Kuala Lumpur in June.
“His best designs were then presented to various galleries and Filamen was happy to showcase his works. His art exhibition attracted thousands of visitors and received many views on social media. We then presented this success to MBR. That was followed with an official endorsement from Filamen and National Art Gallery to confirm that Rashwin is indeed the youngest Malaysian with autism to have held a solo digital art exhibition,” Krishnarani shared.
Rashwin was recognized with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when he was 20 months outdated.
But due to early intervention remedy and help from his household, he has managed to bloom right into a gifted and upbeat younger youngster.According to Krishnarani, her youthful son is far more responsive and assured and might observe easy directions.
“Rashwin is a child with low-functioning autism. But, on the other hand, he has an incredible photographic memory and a high vocabulary beyond his age.
“He can easily name things around him, memorise places and directions. He could read when he was just two. His biggest interest was going through the world flags. He knows how a laptop functions and can handle Microsoft word because the keyboard usage fulfils his sensory needs,” the mom of two mentioned.
Rashwin developed an curiosity in digital art drawing when he was three.
“Rashwin loves vibrant colours, strokes, lines, dots and galaxy-like artwork. He could complete all of this through digital art with animated movements. Creating digital art images gives him immense joy. It all started with a simple android drawing app and he managed to quickly grasp the settings, selections and changing the colour pallets,” mentioned Krishnarani, who shares her journey in elevating Rashwin on her Facebook.
According to her, Rashwin didn’t attend any particular lessons to provide his intricate digital art designs. In the final two years, he has collected hundreds of patterns in his exhausting drive, she added.
“It’s jaw-dropping to see how his mind works, so we explored all the possible ways to showcase his talent. In April, we had the opportunity to showcase his works at Sunway Putra’s Autsome Bazaar. In May, he also won a consolation prize at SP Setia’s Setia Karya hotel art competition and, finally, his solo art exhibition was held in June,” the proud mom defined.
Krishnarani give up her job as an operations supervisor at an insurance coverage agency to take care of her son. Raising a baby with autism comes with challenges, however Krishnarani accepts it as a piece in progress.
“It can be exhausting, especially when he has a bad day, where nothing you do is right, and there are frequent meltdowns. But, we let those moments pass and will get our minds back to focusing on the life we have.
“I keep reminding myself that the same child also often surprises us by achieving something new that makes us proud of him. To most people, it may seem like a minor achievement, but for a child with autism, it is a massive deal!”
She hopes individuals will probably be extra accepting of individuals with particular wants and settle for them with open arms.
“The ultimate challenge is to move away from the mindset of looking for a cure and accepting children with autism for who they are. Thankfully, we have moved away from the denial phase and have now started to embrace his autism.
“Rashwin still has a long journey ahead, and we are focusing on his life skills. We want him to live his life with minimum supervision. Concurrently, we also have plans to explore ways to secure his future in this field by giving him or even us, proper training in digital art. We want him to hold on to this skill when he is older,” she mentioned.