Autism is a Neurodevelopmental condition which has become more prevalent these days which includes impairments in social interaction and developmental language and communication skills combined with rigid, repetitive behaviors. It has been found that 1 in 68 children could have a diagnosis of autism.
Signs of Autism:
- Avoidance of eye contact
- Persistent preference for solitude
- Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
- Restricted interests
- Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
- Delayed language development
- Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
- Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
Causes of Autism:
Most scientists have believed that it has caused mostly by genetic factors. There is reason that genes play a major role in the development of autism and it has been found that identical twins are more likely to both be affected than twins who are fraternal (not genetically identical).
When a pregnant woman is in habituated intake of drugs or chemicals, her child is more likely to be autistic. Research suggests that it may arise due to the abnormalities in parts of the brain that interpret sensory input and process language.
Autistic behavior is caused by:
- Tuberous sclerosis
- Rubella (German measles) in the pregnant mother
- Untreated phenylketonuria (PKU)
- Fragile X syndrome
Some of the potential causes of autism are environmental toxins, pesticides and heavy metals such as mercury. Heavy metals are certainly more commonly observed in the environment now than they were in the past.
Treatment for Autism:
There are no “cures” for autism, but therapies and other treatment can feel them to be better from their symptoms
Many treatment approaches involve therapies such as:
- speech therapy
- behavioral therapy
- physical therapy
- occupational therapy
- play therapy
Diet to be focused:
An autism diet may instead focus on whole foods, such as:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- lots of water
- unsaturated fats
- lean poultry
Some studies have suggested that diet can help to improve symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition like autism.
Join the talk on Autism with our child Neurologist, child Psychiatrist, a pediatrician at 28th World Neonatal, Pediatric and Family Medicine Conference.