Autism - What We Know About Child Autism
Child autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects different children in different ways. Typically, it leads to decreased social interaction, repetitive behaviors and a child's retreat into his inner world. Three years ago, the prevalence was 1 in 160 children, which is alarming enough, but today, it has climbed to a shocking 1 in 125 children. In this article, we'll explore what we currently know the cause of autism in terms of its possible genetic base and exposure to certain environmental conditions.
Autism is thought by some to be genetic, but a direct cause has not yet been identified. We do know that boys are three times more likely to develop the disorder than girls. We also know that identical twins have a higher chance of being autistic than those who are fraternal.
Statistics tells us that autism is much more likely to occur in a family than chance alone would predict. In support of a genetic link, it has been found that a diagnosis of child autism often leads to other diagnoses of less severe forms of autism in the child's family.
Despite the statistics, there is hope: one-third of children diagnosed with child autims can achieve some level of autonomy as adults.
Like many disorders, autism may be a genetic weakness that is triggered by exposure to certain environmental hazards. This could include one or more of the following possibilities: difficulty during the mother's pregnancy, trauma during birth, exposure to chemicals, viruses, pollutants, or allergic reaction to mercury in childhood vaccines.
Although there are no medical tests that conclusively diagnose child autism, it is often accompanied by certain brain anomalies, including a smaller hippocampus, irregular neurons in the cerebellum (the area which regulates all areas of the brain including those responsible for the development of motor skills, speech, learning etc.) and the limbic system (especially the amygdala). It has also been noted by medical researchers that those who suffer from child autism have decreased blow flow in the areas of the brain that contain these anomalies which may lead to lower stimulation of neurons overall.
Despite this, there is hope: fully one-third of children diagnosed with child autism can develop some degree of autonomy as adults. Autistic children can develop skills that lead to self-sufficiency through activity-centered training programs led by teachers and highly-motivated and caring parents.
Recently, it has come to my attention that parents of children diagnosed with child autism are achieving breakthroughs by giving their children a series of homeopathic remedies based on their symptoms. (Remember, autism affects children in different ways.) In fact, one parent told me that she had so much success with her twin boys that she was able to wean them off six prescription medicines (and all their side-effects) and their behavior changed so radically that the boys were able to attend regular classes for the first time in their lives. Imagine her relief and joy.
Although not all children experience such a huge transformation, many parents are writing in about big improvements, particularly about the joy of being able to connect with their child on a social level or helping their children improve some facet of their behavior.
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About the author: Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting which combines ancient native concepts (such as true child stewardship) with heart-centered psychology to teach parents how to raise children to develop their innate strengths and grow up to lead lives of purpose, meaning and fulfillment. The book offers a journey of self-discovery for child and parent.
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