Autism and its Homeopathic Management
Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder of brain. Autism and autism spectrum
disorder is seen in children in 2-3 yrs of age. Usually child development is not
seen in social development, communication and behavioral aspect. Other physical
symptoms are associated with autism are gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory
It is kind of disorder where not only physical and mental health is affected but
the social health is also disturbed. If proper treatment is not given, the patient
may become dependent on others even for slightest purpose. Because child is otherwise
healthy, no visible physical abnormality can be found.
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.
It is characteristic triad of symptoms: impairments in social interaction; impairments
in communication; and restricted interests and repetitive behavior.
- Social Development - Children with autism have social impairments
and unusual social development becomes apparent early in childhood. Autistic infants
show less attention to social stimuli, smile and look at others less often, and
respond less to their own name. Sometimes autism is associated with aggression,
destruction of property, and tantrum.
- Communication - Individuals with autism do not develop enough natural
speech to meet their daily communication needs. It may include delayed onset of
babbling, unusual gestures, diminished responsiveness, and vocal patterns that
are not synchronized with the caregiver. They simply repeat others' words. Autistic
children may have difficulty with imaginative play and with developing symbols
- Repetitive Behavior - repetitive movement, such as hand flapping,
making sounds, head rolling, or body rocking.
- Compulsive behavior is intended and appears to follow rules, such
as arranging objects in stacks or lines.
- Ritualistic behavior, Restricted behavior is limited in focus, interest,
or activity, such as preoccupation with a single television program, toy, or game.
Selectivity is the most common problem, although eating rituals and food refusal
- Self-injury includes movements that injure or can injure the person,
such as eye poking, skin picking, hand biting, and head banging.
- Sensory abnormalities are found in over 90% of those with autism,
and are considered core features by some.
About half of parents of children with ASD notice their child's unusual behaviors
by age 18 months, and about four-fifths notice by age 24 months. As postponing
treatment may affect long-term outcome, any of the following signs is reason
to have a child evaluated by a specialist without delay:
- No babbling by 12 months.
- No gesturing (pointing, waving goodbye, etc.) by 12 months.
- No single words by 16 months.
- No two-word spontaneous phrases (other than instances of echolalia) by
- 24 months.
- Any loss of any language or social skills, at any age.
Diagnosis is based on behavior, not cause or mechanism.Autism is defined in
the DSM-IV-TR as exhibiting at least six symptoms total, including at least
two symptoms of qualitative impairment in social interaction, at least one symptom
of qualitative impairment in communication, and at least one symptom of restricted
and repetitive behavior. Sample symptoms include lack of social or emotional
reciprocity, stereotyped and repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language,
and persistent preoccupation with parts of objects. Onset must be prior to age
three years, with delays or abnormal functioning in either social interaction,
language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play.
So to deal with Autism and Autism spectrum disorder, our approach towards the
disorder has to be holistic one. It includes remedial management, behavioral
therapy to child, parents awareness and counseling, personal attention
In Homoeopathy, we give lot of importance to understand the patients constitution.
Based on the constitution we select a remedy that helps child in his development.
So our focus is not only symptoms like difficult communicative speech, repetitive
behaviour etc. but to understand the overall constitution of the child. For
this, we observe the child, talk to parents and take their observation about
the child. Also important for us is mothers history during pregnancy as
it helps in understanding the constitutional energy of the child.
Along with Homoeopathy we also advice special education, parents counseling,
behaviour therapy. Homoeopathic medicines are safest medicines given to your
child are without any side-effects.