Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old.
Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. It is one of three recognized disorders in the autism spectrum (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified(commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.
Autism has a strong genetic basis, although the genetics of autism are complex and it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare mutations, or by rare combinations of common genetic variants. In rare cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects. Controversies surround other proposed environmental causes, such asheavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines; the vaccine hypotheses are biologically implausible and lack convincing scientific evidence.
Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress. Early behavioral or cognitive intervention can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills. Although there is no known cure, there have been reported cases of children who recovered. Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful. An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.
Early signs of autism spectrum disorder
• doesn’t consistently respond to her name
• doesn’t smile at caregivers
• doesn’t use gestures independently – for example, she doesn’t wave bye-bye without being told to, or without copying someone else who is waving
• doesn’t show interest in other children
• doesn’t enjoy or engage in games such as peekaboo or patty cake.
• doesn’t use gestures – for example, he doesn’t raise his arms when he wants to be picked up, or reach out to something he wants
• doesn’t use eye contact to get someone’s attention or communicate – for example, he doesn’t look at a parent then look at a snack to indicate that he wants the snack
• doesn’t point to show people things, to share an experience or to request or indicate that he wants something – for example, when he’s being read to, he doesn’t point to pictures in books and look back to show the reader
• doesn’t engage in pretend play – for example, he doesn’t play with stuffed toys
• doesn’t sound like he’s having a conversation with you when he babbles
• doesn’t understand simple one-step instructions – for example, ‘Give the block to me’ or ‘Show me the dog’.
• has an intense interest in certain objects and becomes ‘stuck’ on particular toys or objects
• focuses narrowly on objects and activities, such as turning the wheels of a toy car or lining up objects
• is easily upset by change and must follow routines – for example, sleeping, feeding or leaving the house must be done in the same way every time
• repeats body movements or has unusual body movements, such as back-arching, hand-flapping and walking on her toes.
• is extremely sensitive to sensory experiences – for example, he’s easily upset by certain sounds, or will only eat foods with a certain texture
• seeks sensory stimulation – for example, he likes deep pressure, seeks vibrating objects like the washing machine, or flutters his fingers to the side of his eyes to watch the light flicker.
If your child is showing some or many of the behaviours from the social and communication areas above, talk to your health care provider about a developmental assessment as soon as possible. Finding out for sure is the first step towards helping your child and accessing services and support suited to her needs.The number of signs in each category varies according to the age of the child and the specific ASD diagnosis. A child with autistic disorder will most likely have many of these early warning signs, whereas a child with PDD–NOS will probably have only a few.
More info and support: Raising Children | Autism Help | FAHCSIA | Autism Spectrum Australia |
Ayurveda and Autism
Ayurveda talks about possible pathologies with their permutations and combinations of variables. Ayurvedic pediatrics is highly evolved system. For example they classify eczema alone into 64 different groups each with various sub varieties.
So, if you present a 4 year old freshly diagnosed child to an Ayurveda doctor they might come up with something like following:
• Dysfunctional digestion and absorption due to ineficient digestive enzymes, acids and hormones. - Agni-dushti
• Dysfunctional absorption and its effects like cravings, gas, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. - Grahani-dosham
• Dysfunctional lymphatics and other channels. - Sroto-vaigunyam.
• Build up of endotoxins, exotoxyns and cytotoxins. - Ruddha-ama.
• Dysfunctional bowel functions such as constipation, bloating etc. - Mala-sanchayam
• Intellectual and emotional issues - Manovahasroto-vaigunyam
• Developmental delays and distortions - Poshana-viagunaym.
General therapies would include the following:
• Upgrading GIT functions
• Regular removal of pathogens / toxins
• Upgrading absorption of vital nutrients
This is achieve by a personalised:
• Routine in sleep, exercise, massage
• Nutrition and eating plan
• Herbs and supplements
• Tailored therapies
Interview with Dr Rama Prasad
What's your view on the cause and process of Autism? ANSWER: A pathogen alters the gastro-intestinal functions in a child, unexpectedly, resulting in endotoxins. This results in a microbial infection. These microbes migrate to brain and distort the brain functions. The child's behaviour and development get worse progressively. Pathogen can be caused by strong chemicals such as immunisation, antibiotics, environmental pollution etc. or stress.
How do we manage it?
ANSWER: Removing the external and internal stress by introducing more wholesome lifestyle, nutrition and social elements would be a start. There is plenty of support in this area. Removing the endotoxins and correcting the digestion and metabolism are the next steps.
What type of medication do you use?
ANSWER: Anything natural, minimal, safe, appropriate and fast acting.
How do you deal with social integration issues?
ANSWER: Education for the whole family is vital. Government and private organisations are great in this area.
How long do you need to bring some solid changes in the client?
ANSWER: It can vary from 1-3 months once the new routine is established for a child who is freshly diagnosed.
Do you think your clients can establish a normal life once they recover?
ANSWER: Almost normal. An Autism attack may kill some brain cells/functions. So, the best would be 'almost normal'.
How often should your client consult you? ANSWER: It all depends.Once a month for 3 months and then bi-monthly for an year.
Do you give a diet plan?
What's the best time to treat this condition? As soon as the diagnosis or the first Autism signs are observed.
Is it easy to follow?
ANSWER: Prepared well, it is.
How do we contact you?
ANSWER: Use the submit widget below in the footer and we will call you within 24 hours. Or call / text me on my direct line 0425 233 426.