The main goal of treatment is to lessen the associated deficits and family distress and to increase the quality of life and functional independence.
The approaches available include applied behavior analysis (ABA), developmental models, structured teachings, speech and language therapy, social skills therapy and occupational therapy.
Conventional treatment, that is allopathy, advocates many medications to treat problems associated with autism. More than half of the children in the United States diagnosed with autism are given psycho-active drugs or anti-convulsants, antidepressants, stimulants and antipsychotics.
A patient with autism may not respond typically to the above medications, that aren't backed by reliable research about their efficacy or safety. These medicines have adverse effects and no known medication relieves the core symptoms of autism - social and communication impairment.
Many alternative therapies and interventions are available, yet, few are supported by scientific studies. Treatment approaches have little empirical support in quality-of-life contexts and many programs focus on success measures that lack predictive validity and real-world relevance.
However, there is one approach that works in a most non-toxic way known to health and healing - an alternative therapy known as homeopathy, which is a natural, holistic form of medicine based on fixed laws derived from the laws of nature. It is a system of medicine developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German MD (Medical Doctor). Being a (w)holistic form of medicine, classical homoeopathy takes into consideration the person as a whole and the prescription is based on the individuality of the case.
Homeopathic medicines are safe, natural, non-toxic substances without side effects. It is a safe, effective alternative to drugs like Ritalin, Clonidine, Dexedrine, Prednisolone and so on - which all have lasting side effects.
The positive effects seen with homeopathic treatment are long lasting - not just for a few hours after the dose, as seen in allopathic treatment.
With homeopathic treatment, healing takes place at :
Homeopathy results in growth spurts in autistic children - just like normal children grow and does not alter or suppress the normal development of children.
The children come with many names for this spectrum of problems : Autism, Asperger's syndrome, PDD-NOS, ADD, ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder. Homeopathy does not treat a disease or its name - it merely stimulates the body's own vital healing processes to eliminate whatever is causing the problems, no matter what the name - which means, it can heal all the problems mentioned in the previous sentence.
Moreover, allopathic treatment approaches are expensive; indirect costs are more so. A US study estimated an average cost of $3.2 million in 2003 for someone born in 2000, with about 10% medical care, 30% extra education and other care, and 60% lost economic productivity. One 2008 US study found 14% average loss of annual income in families of children with autism and a related study found that autism is associated with higher probability that child care problems will greatly affect parental employment. After childhood, key treatment issues include residential care, job training and placement, sexuality, social skills, and estate planning. But this is not the story with homeopathic treatment as it is an ideal treatment.
The most common question asked by parents at the onset of homeopathic treatment is : "How long will it take to see changes in my child with homeopathy ?"
Parents should be patient and observe the changes over a couple of months to a year with the homeopathic treatment of autism, although, in some cases, changes are seen within weeks - sometimes within days.
Usually parents ask, "When he is already on allopathic medication, can my child also be given homeopathic treatment ?"
The answer is, "YES". If the conventional treatment (allopathy) has not shown any improvement in the child or severe side effects have resulted from the same, such as aggression, diarrhoea, weight loss and so on, then, it is best to stop it completely, at the onset of the homeopathic treatment.
On the other hand, in cases where there is some benefit to the child with the allopathic treatment and the parents are looking for a safer and more effective alternative to life long allopathic treatment, the homeopathic doctor slowly weans the child, off the allopathic medication, as the homeopathic medicine begins to show its positive effects.
Homeopathy is compatible with other therapies such as AIT, SIT, speech therapy, occupational therapy and so on. In fact, the beneficial effects of homeopathy on the child will be a blessing to all his therapists and care givers, who will find the child is better at learning everything.
What is the expected scenario with classical homeopathic treatment ?
As mentioned before, improvement occurs in the child as a whole - at the physical, mental and emotional levels.
Homeopathy can not only help the child the rest of the way to recovery by addressing the underlying susceptibility to autism, but also help prevent a recurrence of symptoms in the future.
Recovery is a long journey, but the right remedy will bring results, faster than any biological treatment can. While there are many means to an end, homeopathy can speed up the recovery dramatically and may be, save thousands of Dollars.
There are 78 homoeopathic medicines which give great relief in autism. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the homeopathic doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus, homeopathic remedies for autism are designer made, unlike allopathy, in which all patients receive the same drugs - although trade names may be different.
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Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.
Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "SPECTRUM DISORDER" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and the right approach can help families today.
Autism is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than any single symptom. Every person with autism is an individual and like all individuals, has a unique personality and combination of characteristics. Some individuals mildly affected, may exhibit only slight delays in language and greater challenges with social interactions. People with autism also process and respond to information in unique ways.
In February 2007, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDME autism prevalence report. The report, which looked at a sample of 8 year olds in 2000 and 2002, concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 150 American children and almost 1 in 94 boys.
Autism is a brain development disorder that first shows signs during infancy or childhood and generally follows a steady course without remission or relapse. Impairments result from maturation-related changes in various systems of the brain.
Autism is one of the fine pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), which are characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication and severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior.
Of the 4 PDD forms, Asperger syndrome is closest to autism in signs and likely causes, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder share several signs with autism, but may have unrelated causes.
The main characteristics of autism are impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior.
Autistic individuals display many forms of repetitive or restricted behavior, which the Repetitive Behavior Scale - Revised categorizes as:
No single repetitive behavior seems to be specific to autism, but only autism appears to have elevated patterns of occurrence and severity.
Autistic individuals may have other symptoms that are independent of the diagnosis, but that can affect the individual or the family.
In a nutshell, the child may have the following:
Autism is associated with several other conditions:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism at the 18th and 24th month well-child doctor visits, using autism-specific formal screening tests.
About half of parents of children with autism notice their child's unusual behaviors by age 18 months and about 4/5th notice it 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 :
Diagnosis is based on behavior, not cause or mechanism. Autism is defined in the DSM-IV-TR as exhibiting at least six symptoms in 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 / imaginative play.