What is Autism?
The medical terminology of autism considers it to be a developmental disconnection syndrome. So the development of the child is interrupted. There are other names for different aspects of autism. Autism is not a mental illness. Although, certainly, some of the brain pathways are disrupted.
Children are generally not born with autism, although they can be. Often, they develop normally and then something happens and the parents can see a difference afterwards.
What Are The Symptoms of Autism?
Typically the changes include a lack of eye contact where there had been, a lack of speech when there had been some and a lack of spontaneous interaction, again where there had been.
In addition, the child often develops some concerning symptoms that normal children don’t do or only show on occasion or when stressed. These include hand flapping, or stimming, constant activity, clinging, tantrums, inability to learn, an absence of fear or a strong fear for certain things. They aren’t responsive. The senses are warped.
Stimming and other repetitive behaviour reflect pain. Head banging can be an effort to stop the head pain.
They don’t play. They have no social skills or motor skills.
Inevitably the GI tract is affected. There can be most commonly constipation, but diarrhoea, too. There can be a loss of bladder and bowel control.
As the child grows into a teenager, they can become withdrawn and refuse to come out of their room for anyone.
What is a Pseudo Autism?
This isn’t true autism. It happens when a toddler has access to too much screen time. This is common today, as a way to occupy a child. However, the fragile and growing brain of a small child is badly affected by this and it should be severely limited.
What Causes Autism?
This is a common question, but the answer is complex. I believe that with the ever growing number of toxins and chemicals in the environment, in the food and in medicines, sensitive children are overwhelmed. Many new chemicals are being released every year, with largely unknown effects.
- Medical drugs, which are largely suppressive in nature, can tip an already overwhelmed child over the edge.
- IVF, a common medical procedure for women who fail to fall pregnant, can be a trigger. IVF contains massive amounts of synthetic hormones which can do untold harm.
- Our non-organic food contains an ever increasing amount of toxic pesticides, fertilisers and weed killers which can never be washed away however careful you are.
- Household and outdoor cleaners are becoming ever more toxic in an effort to make jobs easier.
When you add all this together, a sensitive child can easily be tipped over the edge.
How Does Autism Affect Most Families?
Autism is disruptive for the whole family. Siblings can feel, and indeed be, neglected as all attention goes to the damaged child. Parents often become estranged from each other and separate, the last thing that helps the family unit or the damaged child.
Holistic Support For Autism
This is completely different from the medical treatment of autism. Good homeopathic treatment offers you the best and most effective way to bring your child back. It may not be quick and there are likely to be bad times as well as good times, but the future can look much brighter.
A great book for parents to read on this topic is One Heart, One Mind by Pierre Fontaine.
What About The Diet?
With GI problems, it can be tempting to try different diets. However, restricting favourite foods can lead to more chaos. Certainly an effort should be made to:
- restrict, eliminate even, processed food, junk food, soft drinks and the like
- substituting milk for almond, oat or organic soy milk
- limiting animal protein
- increasing fresh fruit and veggies
However, changing the diet can be too difficult for both the parents and the child. It can also be difficult if they spend a lot of time in institutional care. Important though a good diet is, I believe it is secondary to good homeopathic treatment. At least in the beginning. The dietary changes can come when some peace has been established.