Autism is a severely handicapping Developmental disorder, which begins at birth or within the first 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years of life characterized by impairment in effective social skills, absent or impaired language development, repetitive and/or stereotyped activities and interest, especially inanimate objects, the symptomatology Of ASD suggest involvement of Neurological Endocrinal and Gastrointestinal System. The reasons for the increase are being debated, but the most likely cause appears to be the over vaccinations of infants, other theory prevalent are of Lyme Disease, High testosterone level in child, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chronic Inflammation Of Brain cells - Neurons, Genetic Traits, Poor Neuro Immunity and Heavy metal Toxins. Fungus, Environmental Pollutions, Active TORCH infection to mother during pregnancy. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors, which are markedly different from those of normal children. They may stare into space for hours, throw uncontrollable tantrums, show no interest in people (including their parents) and pursue strange, repetitive activities with no apparent purpose. They have been described as living in a world of their own. These are abnormalities of communication, abnormalities of social development, and a restriction of behavior and interest. Of these, the abnormalities of social development are the most specific to autism. These and other features will be described more fully. Autistic aloneness is an abnormality of social development in which the child she unable to make warm emotional relationships with people. Autistic children do not respond to their relationships with people. Autistic children do not response to their parent's affectionate behavior by smiling or cuddling. Instead, they appear to dislike being picked up or kissed. They are no more responsive to their parents than to strangers and do not show interesting other children. There is little difference in their behavior towards people and inanimate objects. A characteristic sign is gaze avoidance that is the absence of eye-to eye contact. Assessment from Specialist Medical Doctor should be concerned with more than the diagnosis of autism. The following additional factors need to be considered.
1 Language ability
2 Communication skill, social skill and play and repetitive or other abnormal behavior.
3 Stage of social development in relation to age, mental age and stage of language development.
4 Associated medical conditions.
5 Psychosocial factors.
Homeopathic Medicine along with Diet control and Exercise adds speedy recovery in Autism.
Age Factor & Treatment
Each child, young and adult with autism is unique and, so, in each case you have to decide treatment plan according to intensity of symptoms, age and their associated complains such as more symptoms' of GI Leacky Gut Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Hormonal imbalance, Seizures, Sleep disorders, Learning Difficulties. Homeopathy treatment is different in each age group, associated complains and the symptamatology of child The family of an autistic child needs considered help to cope with the child's behavior. Which is often bewildering and distressing. Between 10 and 20 per cent of children with childhood autism begin improve between the ages of about four and six years and are eventually able to attend an ordinary school and obtain work. Early intervention is your child's best hope for the recovery, total treatment time, future, improving the core behavioral symptoms of autism will give your child all best possible advantages.
Group of disorder of movement and posture because of defects and disease of brain, the damage may occur in Uterus during gestation, during birth process, or during he first few years of life. Cerebral Palsy is most common motor disorder in infants and children and is the commonest cause of physical disabilities in childhood. The word cerebral means having to do with the brain The word palsy means a weakness or problem in the way a person moves or how he positions his body. A Child with CP might have trouble controlling the muscles in his body. Normally, the brain tells the rest of the body exactly what to do and when to do it. But because CP affects the brain, depending on what part of the brain is affected, a child might not be able to walk, talk, eat, or play the same way most children do.
Classification of Cerebral Palsy
There are five types of cerebral palsy: spastic ,athetoid, ataxic, Hypotonic and mixed (combination of any), and further catagorised according to topographic distribution Quadriplegia, Diplegia and Hemiplegia
Signs and Symptoms:
The most common type of CP is spastic. A kid with spasticity can't relax his muscles or his muscles may be stiff. Athetoid CP affects a kid's ability to control his muscles. This means that the arms or legs that are affected by athetoid CP may flutter and move suddenly. A kid with ataxic CP has problems with balance and coordination. Some kids with CP use wheelchairs and others walk with the help of crutches or braces. In some cases, a kid's speech may be affected or he might not be able to speak at all. To learn more about CP, what causes it, and what living with CP is like, keep reading. Cerebral palsy is very difficult and challenging to all sciences of healing. Allopathic system has no effective medicine to help except physiotherapy, surgical corrections, Botox or Botulinum Toxins and many psychological aids. But it has helped very little. In cerebral palsy, the motor area of cerebral cortex is damaged along with other areas of brain. The commonest causes are birth injuries, obstetrical complications, high-grade fevers, and prolonged jaundice at birth, head injury, Chronic Infections to mother and genetically aberrations. So, our job is to repair the damaged area maximum possible. The exact extent of damage caused is difficult to assess, but CAT scan, MRI, PET, Psychological tests, I.Q. tests, clinical sensory motor developmental mile stones and other tests can give rough idea about the damage. The brain development normally completes within 5 years of age. CP child has damaged brain, so it develops very slowly. It is mostly; motor area damaged, so motor mile stone comes alter. Depending upon the severity of damage, the development will occur. Apart from the brain damage, the poor management and spasticity adds to orthopedic disabilities. These children have low resistant power, so gets frequent infections of URI (cold, cough and fever), diarrhea, malaria etc.
Now, How homeopathy can help these children?
Homeopathy helps these children in many ways. Firstly, it improves I.Q., which no other system can do. It improves neuromuscular abilities, so motor milestones start appearing faster. It improves in swallowing, neck handling, sitting, standing and walking. It improves in understanding of the child and calculating capacity, schooling capacity. Secondly, it completely stops recurrent infections. So deterioration of the child stops and regains immunity to fight diseases. Thirdly it improves cognitive ability of children also helps to improve associate psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, conduct disorders and hyperkinesis. It helps in improving flaccidity, spasticity of limb muscles, squint deglutition. (Hence food taking) Fortunately, severely damaged children are statistically less. So, mostly children with mild and moderate damage are the best helped by homeopathy.
The most common type of learning disability is Dyslexia, disparity between intellectual potential and achievement in reading and spelling means a learning disability in which someone has trouble understanding the written word. Dyslexia is sometimes called the "invisible disability" because no one knows a person has it unless that person is asked to read or write. These consequences includes problems in reading comprehension and affects reading experience and vocabulary. Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds) and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. For those with dyslexia, the prognosis is mixed. The disability affects such a wide range of people, producing different symptoms and varying degrees of severity, that predictions are hard to make. The prognosis is generally good, however, for individuals whose dyslexia is identified early, who have supportive family and friends and a strong self-image, and who are involved in a proper remediation program. Learning disabilities aren't contagious, but they can be genetic. That means they can be passed down in families through the genes, like many other traits we get from our parents and grandparents. Someone with a learning disability probably has other family members who have had some learning troubles, too - parents or siblings, for example. Inconsistent / Uncompleted school work leads to downward trend in achievement test scores or school performance. Child shows Difficulty in naming colors, objects, and letters rapidly, in a sequence. Teacher have to work very hard to teach concepts, many times they have to teach. Weakness of Memory for lists, directions, or facts colors, objects, and letters rapidly, in a sequence also for lists, directions, or facts. Other associated conditions are Dyscalculia ( Mathematical Disabilities in adding, Dividing, Multiplying, Before Number, After Number ..) Dyspraxia ( Motor Learning Disabilities ) and Dysgraphia (poor visual gestalt / orthographic coding). Allopathic and other systems don't have effective treatment, but homeopathy has the best treatment for it. We, at our center, have treated many dyslexic children successfully. Homeopathy cures all conditions associated with Dyslexia. It improves schooling scores so the child picks up in the studies.
Causes Of Neurological Damage in Children. Hypoxic-BrainIn-sult–Oxygen-deprivation Acquired/Inherited-Infection Developmental abnormalities of brain during gestation, Genetic and Chromosomal disorder Brain Cells Degenerative Disorder which destroys nerve cells, Toxins, Autoimmune Disorder, Mechanical Brain Injury, There are numbers of disease in this list, mainly Global developmental Delay because of Hypoxic -Ischemic Insult in New born leads to Periventricular leukomalacia PVL with Cerebral palsy, Autism, Dyslexia, Mental Retardation, Spina Bifida, Chiari malformation, Tuberous sclerosis, Prader Willi Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury (Head injury), Rett Syndrome and many more diseases. How Homeopathy Helps in Pediatric Neurological Illness. Homeopathic medicine enhances nerve cell migration, Multiplication and Infiltration, Increases Dendrites, Clears Axons Disorder, Removes Toxins from Neurons. Firstly, it improves I.Q., which no other system can do. It improves neuromuscular abilities, so motor milestones start appearing faster. It improves in swallowing, neck handling, sitting, standing and walking. It improves in understanding of the child and calculating capacity, schooling capacity. Secondly, it completely stops recurrent infections. So deterioration of the child stops and regains immunity to fight diseases. Thirdly it improves cognitive ability of children also helps to improve associate psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, conduct disorders and hyperkinesis. It helps in improving flaccidity, spasticity of limb muscles, squint deglutition. (Hence food taking)
Behavior Disorders in children is caused by biology, environment, or a combination of the two. Biological factors are genetics, Neuro-Endocrine imbalances in the body and head injury causes damage to the central nervous system, such as a head injury. Many environmental factors also can affect mental health, including exposure to violence, extreme stress, Long lasting mental grief and the loss of a loved one person.
Childhood Anxiety Disorders:
Children and adolescents who demonstrate exaggerated mood swings that range from extreme highs (excitedness or manic phases) to extreme lows (depression) may have bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression). Periods of moderate mood occur in between the extreme highs and lows. During manic phases, children or adolescents may talk nonstop, need very little sleep, and show unusually poor judgment. At the low end of the mood swing, children experience severe depression. Bipolar mood swings can recur throughout life.
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD Learning Disorders
Difficulties that make it harder for children and adolescents to receive or express information could be a sign of learning disorders. Learning disorders can show up as problems with spoken and written language, coordination, attention, or self-control.
Young people with conduct disorder usually have little concern for others and repeatedly violate the basic rights of others and the rules of society. Conduct disorder causes children and adolescents to act out their feelings or impulses in destructive ways. The offenses these children and adolescents commit often grow more serious over time. Such offenses may include lying, theft, aggression, truancy, the setting of fires, and vandalism.
Children or adolescents who are intensely afraid of gaining weight and do not believe that they are underweight may have eating disorders. Eating disorders can be life threatening. Young people with anorexia nervosa, for example, have difficulty maintaining a minimum healthy body weight.
How Homeopathy Helps?
Homeopathic medicine is fastest acting medicine, totality of the symptoms with intensity of symptoms helps to shorten treatment periods. Absolutely no side or adverse effect of medicine. Homeopathy helps when there is confusion about diagnosis of disease, children starts improving on basis of symptom totality.
It has been seen that Mental Retardation & CP Cerebral Palsy go together. IF the damage is in motor area of the cerebral cortex, it causes aberrations and difficulties in motor movements of body. we call it cerebral palsy. In case, the motor area escapes the damage but other areas like sensory areas, cognition areas, prefrontal lobe, angular gyrus or any other area that contributes to poor intelligence, social development or learning capacity of the child are damaged. Brain is the synchronized structure made of billions of neuronal network. Neurones and their synaptic as well as dendriatic connections join many other neurones. This makes an integrated unit . In case of damage these interconnections and their supporting cells, glial cells, suffer much, making their working inefficient to contribute to intelligence according the modern theories number of neurones is not so important for excellent brain model, rather their multiplicity of synaptic and dendriatic connections along with obscure role of glial cells.
Causes of Mental Retardation
1. Genetical - Mongolism.
2. Nutritional - Iodine deficiency / poor gestational nutrition.
3. Obstetrical birth injuries of head - poor APGAR score at birth.
4. Some infections of brain - tubercular meningitis, viral (rubella), protozoal (toxoplasma) etc.
5. Severe dehydration - High grade fever in childhood can cause irreversible injuries.
6. Head injuries. Poor social environment
Assessment is done by mental aging, psychological scoring and I.Q. testing.
Treatment Of Mentally Retarded Children:-
It is difficult to treat in Allopathy. As such there are no medicines for direct application, except nutritional support of tonics Homeopathy offers a definite advantage of uniform success rate, graded progressive response with time frame, their accuracy & positivity is highest.. These medicines repairs glial damage and promotes dendritic connections which uplifts neuronal set ups to higher level of functioning. Medicines are easy to take and have no side effects.