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

tract symptoms.

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

into language

  • •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

also occur.

  • 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.

 

Screening

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.[51] 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

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.

 

Treatment

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, parent’s awareness and counseling, personal attention

to child.

 

About Homoeopathy

In Homoeopathy, we give lot of importance to understand the patient’s 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 mother’s 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.