What Is Autism?
Autism, called as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a complex mental condition that occurs from early childhood. It is considered to be a state in which communicating and interacting with others is hard.
What Are The Symptoms Of Autism?
The indications vary with the age group. But there some common signs: problems in social relations and interactions, monotonous behaviours and compulsive interests.
- Lack of non-verbal interacting skills like eye-to-eye contact, facial expressions, body position.
- Failing to move along with the persons of their age.
- No interest in sharing their experiences, happiness and pleasure with others.
- Not able to understand the feelings of others.
- No, respond to calling one’s name by the first birthday
- Losing curiosity in playing, sharing, talking with other children
- Chooses to be alone
- Rejects bodily contact
- Delay in speech and language skills
- Speaking in a mechanised tone
- Echolalia – saying the same sentence over and over
- Rare usage of gestures and not recognising them
- Not identifying jokes or cynicism
What Are The Causes Of Autism?
Autism is not caused by a single reason. A genetic disorder is one of the bases for this problem to exist.
- Fragile x chromosome
- Congenital rubella syndrome
- Some risky medicines injected during pregnancy
- Prenatal environment like advanced age of parents
What Are The Things One Should Do To Manage Autism?
Family members of the patient should be:
- Staying constructive and positive
- Developing a consistent schedule to be followed
- Allowing plenty of time to get settled
- Explaining things clearly
- Assisting to build healthy social interactions
- Getting support from groups
- Helping the patient identify their strengths and weaknesses
What Are The Things One Should Avoid To Manage Autism?
Family members of the patient should not be:
- Extending the waiting time
- Trying physical contact prior explaining them the reason
- Assuming something without consulting the guardian or the responsible person
- Disregarding the fact an autistic person may not understand the literal meaning
- Exposing them to a loud environment
- Misunderstanding when the person is not responding
- Giving sudden surprises, sudden changes in food
What Are The Best Foods For Autism?
GFCF/Gluten –free/Casein-free diet has proved to be more effective. Wheat and dairy are completely eliminated
- Unconventional milk sources: Soy milk, almond milk, rice milk (casein-free) products are good sources of protein intake for Autism patients to help them strengthen their recalling capabilities.
- Gluten-free foods: Gluten-free foods such as beans, cassava, potato, tapioca, sorghum can be given to Autism patients.
- Dairy-free cheese products: This cheese will help avoid any kind of allergic inflammation or increase autism in the patients.
- Meat – Meat is also a prudent food for such patients. Make sure it is less processed and gluten-free.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables: Any other nutritional intake consisting of minerals, vitamins, and fibres can be taken from a number of fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, strawberries, beans, potatoes, broccoli, etc.
What Are The Worst Foods For Autism?
- Foods that have gluten: Gluten foods such as wheat, barley, oats, rye, bran, etc., are to be avoided.
- Foods that have casein: Casein-rich foods are also a cause of inflammation in Autism patients, so foods like yoghurt, cottage cheese which contain casein are to be avoided.
- Foods with artificial flavourings and colourings are also to be avoided. These include chocolates, cakes, candies, sweets, soft drinks, energy drinks, etc.
What Are The Medicines For Autism?
What Are The Tips To Manage Autism?
With proper guidance and support, Autistic people can lead a successful life like any other normal individual.