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Autism Overview

Autism is a syndrome that leads to disturbance in a child behaviour and normal development. Typically, a parent will observe that their child is different from other children of his/her age group in the way he/she behaves, speaks (or the lack of it) and performs daily activities as compared to an average child.

Autism is usually diagnosed by the age of three. It is a lifelong disorder caused by abnormal neurological development. It is one of five pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) that also include Asperger's syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome and pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), which are now classified as autism spectrum disorders.

Autism spectrum disorders are developmental disabilities that cause difficulty in social interaction, communication and limited or repetitive activities.

People with autism react differently to stimulations such as touch, sound, light, etc.; and have some amount of mental retardation. They are also at a risk of developing epilepsy. Autism affects every aspect of behaviour; lack or delay in speech, poor non-verbal communication, repetitive movements, minimal eye contact, diminished interest in being sociable, lack of spontaneity and insight, and fascination with sparkling objects, amongst other things. Some children with autism can be very aggressive and may land up injuring themselves with behaviours like banging their head against the wall or biting themselves. Interestingly, many children with autism have an average or above average IQ.

Many autistic children, however, are able to show their feelings and emotions like average children, but in different ways. However, not all children with autism can express their emotions and feelings.

Some children with autism have developmental difficulties such as speech, which is why it becomes difficult for them to initiate or carry out conversations.

With timely homeopathic treatment, many autistic children are able to learn and function better.

Causes: Even though the disorder results from abnormalities in the structure or function of the brain, the underlying cause of autism usually cannot be identified. To know some possible causes that may be linked to autism, Read more.

Symptoms: Symptoms of autism are usually seen during early childhood, and autism is diagnosed by the age of three. The symptoms intensify in various degrees from one child to the other. To know in more about symptoms of autism, Read more.

Diagnosis: Behavioral symptoms, medical history, medical tests (to rule out other conditions) and some screening tools are used to diagnose autism. Read more. on diagnosis of this condition.

Treatment approach at Dr Batra’s™:

Step 1: First Consultation –Autism being the wide-spectrum disorder, at your first consultation, our pediatricians will spend 30-45 minutes with you and your child to understand the extent of the disorder in your child. We also take into account your child’s medical history, genetics and lifestyle. Depending on all these factors, our doctors suggest customized homeopathic treatment that best suits your problem.

Step 2: Medical Diagnosis – Diagnosis for autism includes physical examination (may include neurological examination), medical history and medical tests to rule out other conditions. Physicians also use various screening tools to evaluate child’s development, communication and language skills and interaction with others.

Step 3: Personalized Treatment - Natural homeopathic medicines are suggested based on the diagnosis made and extent of the condition.

Step 4: Advice on nutrition – Our doctors also consult you on right nutrition that you can provide your child, which will help us achieve better treatment results. Read more.