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Treatment Process For Autism

To put it as simple as possible, autism can be diagnosed as a symptom, which occurs in early childhood and causes generative communication disorders. A neurological disorder, children suffering from autism refrains from all types of social interaction. What sets these children off is their inability to express themselves properly. The symptoms develop in the as early as two to three years and research has that the disorder is on the rise, with every two person of the 10000 people are affected. This is much higher in males than in females.

What is most difficult in dealing with this disease is that there is no concrete path to cure it. People know very little about this ailment. Fortunately, some recent discoveries in medical science have shown positive results in curing neurological disorders. This kind of disease attacks patient’s central nervous system and hinders their natural growth of understanding. Experts in medical science have been searching for a cure to wipe this severe disease from this world, and at last, their long and frantic search paid off when they discovered the positive effect of antioxidants in our body.

Hyperbaric chamber
Let us talk about how ‘antioxidants’ help us to cure neurological diseases. Antioxidants are a common element found in oxygen. These elements join with our blood cells and force our blood steam to reach to the damaged tissues and heal it. Now, in order to do that, we would need to breathe pure oxygen in high atmospheric pressure. To, make it happen, ‘hyperbaric chamber’ stepped in the game. This machine is designed to provide pure oxygen to patients at high atmospheric pressure. High air pressure increases our oxygen intake and our blood cells become saturated with pure oxygen. Our antioxidant-induced blood cells heal damaged cells faster.

Treatment includes more
Treatment for autism sure starts with hyperbaric chamber but it does not finish with it. You will need to fix up a diet chart, counseling, and physiotherapy session to help the patient in developing communication skills. Before hiring a caregiver or enlisting a patient to a medical center, you must do some research to learn about their success rate in curing neurological disorder. The choices you are about to make to start a process in order to cure an autism affected patient; will decide the success or failure of the process. Therefore, every step must be taken cautiously.

Therefore, it is apparent that not only medicinal treatment, neurologically damaged patients needs a precisely planned process to cure autism totally.

Kevin Halls is a researcher on WI Autism. His tips and suggestions towards curing autism proved to be helpful. Thus he is sharing his thoughts with us.

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An Enigma Called Autism – Its Causes and Cures

The human brain is so complex that man is incapable of deciphering the intricate way it is wired around. A minuscule disorder in the brain renders him incapable of normal behavior, leading scientists and researchers to give it several names like autism, the Asperger’s syndrome, multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia etc., based on varying degrees of brain disorders.

Millions of dollars have been spent on research and diagnosis, but autism still remains a puzzle and an enigma because the autism spectrum covers diverse forms, ranging from acute behavioral, social and communication disorders to violent mood swings, hypertension coupled with precocious talents and high-functioning skills, on account of which it is hard to understand the root causes.

Cause for autism is mostly genetic and is sourced from the human brain, which scientists have been unable to conclusively prove otherwise. There is wide speculation about geeks who are brilliant tech people to be ‘on the autistic spectrum’ as they usually appear to lack social niceties, like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the stereotypical geek, who appears unmoved by his girlfriend’s obvious frustration with his obsessive personality.

Heritability is another cause, when one of the parents is autistic, there is a risk of siring an autistic child though it is not clear which genes could be responsible. Complicated childbirths, like a messed up forceps delivery, is also considered responsible in rare cases. In recent studies, the MMR vaccine has been linked to the cause of autism though there has been no scientific evidence of the same, although it is a cause of great concern that autism in the US has increased to colossal proportions.

Whatever may be the case, if a child is diagnosed early with autism there are many proven physio, phycho and socio therapies that can be effectively applied, to help children lead fulfilling lives free of social stigma. Autistic children interact differently that may appear awkward, clumsy or even offensive. They avoid eye contact and appear lost in a world of their own.

Timely and appropriate therapies can do wonders to their disposition and behavior, as well as develop their motor skills. There are a range of treatments, to name a few are music, drama and art therapy, that is creative and fun-filled. Occupational, Speech-language and Behavior therapy to treat specific symptoms, Development therapies and the Tomatis Auditory therapy that uses an ‘electronic ear’ in order to stimulates the brain-ear-voice connecting sensors. These therapies help autistic children to follow social norms that are considered important in a regular world, as well as show them ways of expunging their feelings, whether violent or otherwise.

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Traits Of Autism, Schizophrenia Compared

Main Category: Autism
Also Included In: Schizophrenia
Article Date: 01 Mar 2012 – 1:00 PST

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A UT Dallas professor is studying the differences between the social impairments found in autism and schizophrenia to help develop better treatments for people with both disorders.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia are distinct disorders with unique characteristics, but they share similarities in social dysfunction. For many years, this similarity resulted in confusion in diagnosis. Many young people with ASD were thought to have a childhood version of schizophrenia, said Dr. Noah Sasson, assistant professor in the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Sasson points out that clear differences exist between people diagnosed with schizophrenia and ASD. Symptoms of ASD can be seen from very early in life, while the onset of schizophrenia typically occurs in young adulthood. And individuals who have schizophrenia often experience hallucinations and delusional thoughts, which are far less common in individuals with ASD.

An overlapping problem for both clinical groups is a difficulty with social interaction. Both groups are known to be poor at recognizing social cues. They often have difficulty identifying emotion in other people, so their reactions may seem inappropriate. By not picking up on the subtle cues in interactions, adults with ASD or schizophrenia may alienate other people and have trouble making friends or getting along with classmates or co-workers.

Along with collaborators at Southern Methodist University, Sasson is conducting new research at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders that compares the basis for social interaction impairments between adults with ASD and adults with schizophrenia. He is attempting to understand the mechanisms that underlie their social limitations.

“Because the two disorders are different in so many ways, it is likely that the basis for their social impairments differs as well,” he said. “Understanding these differences will be key for developing effective treatments. What works well for individuals with ASD might be very different than those with schizophrenia.”

In previous research, Sasson and his colleagues used eye-tracking technology and found that neither adults with ASD nor adults with schizophrenia look at social information in the same way as those without either disorder. His colleagues also found that parts of the brain that process social information are underactive in those with ASD and schizophrenia. But the researchers have also found differences. Individuals with ASD do not spontaneously orient to emotional information, while individuals with schizophrenia do. While both groups show aspects of paranoia in social situations, Sasson and his colleagues are discovering that the root cause of the paranoia is different for each disorder.

“People with schizophrenia have a much higher likelihood than the general population to attribute ill will to others, and this is likely tied to their delusions,” he said. “On the other hand, people with autism are more ‘socially cynical.’ They seem to be exhibiting fairly realistic responses to people as a result of the challenges they’ve faced in life because of their condition.”

By differentiating between schizophrenia and autism, and by examining how patients react in social settings, Sasson said he hopes researchers can develop new ways to counteract the negative social experiences of patients. This could result in a profound improvement in their ability to navigate life successfully.

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