Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills.
It usually restricts the brain of the person from developing the essential communication skills in all forms, that is, verbal and non-verbal, social and problem solving skills. The very important information processing feature of the brain is badly affected when a person suffers from autism. Another term which can be used similar to autism is Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Autism is a physical condition linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain. The exact causes of these abnormalities remain unknown, but it is believed that the disease is caused due to a combination of different factors. Inefficient usage of the vitamins and minerals by the body, genetic causes, etc. can be some of the common causes.
A number of other possible causes have been suspected, but not proven. They involve:
Digestive tract changes
The body’s inability to properly use vitamins and minerals
People with autism may:
Be overly sensitive in sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste
Have unusual distress when routines are changed
Perform repeated body movements.
Signs and symptoms of social difficulties in autism
Basic social interaction can be difficult for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Appears disinterested or unaware of other people or what’s going on around them.
Doesn’t know how to connect with others, play, or make friends.
Doesn’t play “pretend” games, engage in group games, imitate others, or use toys in creative ways.
Has trouble understanding or talking about feelings.
Prefers not to be touched, held.
Doesn’t seem to hear when others talk to him or her.
Doesn’t share interests with others .
Myths about autism
A person with autism feels love, happiness, sadness and pain just like everyone else. Just because some of them may not express their feelings in the same way others do, does not mean at all that they do not have feelings – THEY DO!! It is crucial that the Myth – Autistic people have no feelings – is destroyed. The myth is a result of ignorance, not some conspiracy. Therefore, it is important that you educate people who carry this myth in a helpful and informative way.
Regression of any kind is a serious autism warning sign
Some children with autism spectrum disorders start to develop communication skills and then regress, usually between 12 and 24 months.Any loss of speech, babbling, gestures, or social skills should be taken very seriously, as regression is a major red flag for autism.
Autism and homoeopathy
There are around 20 homeopathic medicines which are used in different combinations for the treatment of autism. The total duration of the treatment and medication depends upon the grimness of the illness and depending upon the age of the patient, the treatment may last anywhere from 18 months to 26 months on a usual basis. After the neurological observation, the treatment includes the controlling of behavior, help in education and help for the family to cope with the abnormalities of the patient.