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Natural Autism Treatment - A Comprehensive Guide

Autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that affects how a person perceives and interacts with the world. It is characterized by challenges in social communication and interaction, as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.

Autism is referred to as a “spectrum” disorder because it encompasses a wide range of symptoms and varying degrees of severity. Some individuals with autism may have mild difficulties and be highly functional, while others may have significant challenges that require lifelong support.

What are the symptoms of autism?

The primary signs and symptoms of autism typically appear in early childhood, although they may be evident earlier or later depending on the individual. These symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the autism disorder. The below examples are not an exhaustive list.

Social challenges

They are many aspects and ways that autistic people have challenges with social interactions. Here are some examples:

  • Impaired social skills: Individuals with autism may struggle with understanding and using social cues, such as facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. They may have difficulty recognizing others’ emotions or intentions.

  • Difficulty with nonverbal communication: Nonverbal communication, including gestures, eye contact, and facial expressions, may be challenging for individuals with autism. They may have limited or atypical use of these nonverbal cues, leading to misunderstandings or difficulties in conveying their own thoughts and feelings.

  • Challenges in reciprocal conversation: Engaging in back-and-forth conversations and taking turns can be challenging for individuals with autism. They may struggle with understanding when to speak, when to listen, and how to respond appropriately in social interactions.

  • Lack of social initiation: Many individuals with autism have difficulty initiating social interactions or making the first move in social situations. They may struggle with knowing how to approach others, join in group activities, or initiate conversations, which can contribute to social isolation.

  • Difficulty understanding social norms and rules: Individuals with autism may have difficulty understanding and interpreting social norms, rules, and expectations. This can result in socially inappropriate behaviors or difficulty adapting to different social contexts.

  • Challenges with empathy and perspective-taking: Empathy, the ability to understand and share others’ emotions, can be challenging for individuals with autism. They may struggle with recognizing and appropriately responding to others’ feelings, which can affect their ability to form and maintain close relationships.

Communication difficulties

Autistic people are struggling with communication, both verbal and nonverbal. Here are some key aspects of it:

  • Impaired language development: Many individuals with autism experience problems in language acquisition. Some are completely nonverbal.

  • Literal interpretation: People with autism often have a tendency to interpret language literally. They may struggle with understanding sarcasm, idioms, metaphors, and abstract or ambiguous language. This can lead to misunderstandings and difficulties in social interactions.

  • Challenges in expressive language: Individuals with autism may have difficulties expressing their thoughts and ideas verbally. They may struggle with organizing their thoughts, using appropriate grammar and syntax, and generating spontaneous and coherent sentences. This can make it challenging for them to participate in conversations or express complex ideas.

Repetitive behaviors, lack of adaptability

This is a frequent issue for autistic people. Depending on each case, it will be more or less severe and will take various forms. Here are some examples:

  • Stereotyped or repetitive movements such as hand-flapping, rocking, spinning, or finger-flicking. 
  • Rigid adherence to routines, relying on predictable routines and sameness in the daily life. 
  • Resistance to change, becoming distressed or anxious when routines are disrupted or changed.

Sensory sensitivities

We can say that the senses of autistic people can be both repressed or exacerbated. Here are some examples:

  • Visual sensitivity: Some individuals with autism may be sensitive to bright lights, flickering lights, or specific visual patterns. They may find it overwhelming or uncomfortable to be in brightly lit environments, crowded spaces, or places with intense visual stimuli.

  • Auditory sensitivity: Many individuals with autism have heightened sensitivity to sounds. They may be easily overwhelmed or distressed by loud or sudden noises, such as sirens, alarms, or vacuum cleaners.

  • Tactile sensitivity: Sensory sensitivities to touch and textures are common in individuals with autism. They may be hypersensitive to certain tactile sensations, finding them uncomfortable or even painful.

  • Gustatory and olfactory sensitivities: Sensitivities to taste and smell are also observed in individuals with autism. They may have strong preferences or aversions to certain tastes or smells.

  • Proprioceptive and vestibular sensitivities: Proprioception refers to the body’s sense of position and movement, while the vestibular sense relates to balance and spatial orientation. Some individuals with autism may have difficulties with these sensory systems. They may seek out certain movements, such as spinning or rocking, as a way to regulate their sensory input.
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Importance of early diagnosis

The importance of early diagnosis is mainly related to the possibility of implementing more correct educational care, especially at the school level, such as the ABA method (Applied Behaviour Analysis). 

If the early diagnosis is followed by early natural medicine treatments, it will allow the child to recover the maximum cognitive functions, but nothing is guaranteed since it depends on the causes of the autistic disability and its severity.

Causes of autism

Autism is not considered a disease, but a disability caused by a neurodevelopmental disorder. The question that arises is: what is the cause of the neurodevelopmental disorder?

It is important to know that the nervous system of a child, and even more so of a baby, is very sensitive to the various toxic substances to which it may be exposed. And these toxic substances have not ceased to increase in recent years…as well as autistic children.

In the United States, there was 1 autistic child out of 5000 in 1975, to reach, in 2014, 1 child out of 68, and in 2020, 1 child out of 30! This is completely unbelievable, and yet it is a sad reality.

It is absolutely clear that such an increase confirms the environmental cause of the vast majority of autism cases.

Therefore, anything that can poison the body and interfere with the normal development of the nervous system can cause autism and the vast diversity of related symptoms. 

Here are some examples, just to list a few:

  • Heavy metals
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Drugs
  • Vaccines
  • Junk food
  • Pesticides and other pollutants
  • GMOs

Conventional treatment for autism and its effects

There is no drug cure for autism. Yet, according to 360 Research Reports, the treatment market for autism spectrum disorders is expected to exceed $11 billion by 2028. This is a huge profit for pharmaceutical companies, that will come with a large set of side effects for the patients. 

What can we do with a holistic natural health approach?

Always in the ethical principle of “first do no harm”, and “better to prevent than to cure”, natural medicines aim first at maintaining the organism in good health to prevent health problems. 

In this case, pregnancy follow-up and, even better, the preparation of the pregnancy with natural medicines allows to:

  • Nourish the body in a healthy way
  • Support the development of the fetus
  • Complete a successful delivery

The follow-up of the infant is very important, both in terms of breastfeeding and the first care that he will receive. And if parents turn to an expert in natural medicine, they will receive all the information they need to avoid poisoning their child and risking harming its development.

When autism is confirmed, the therapeutic work will be long and will require a lot of perseverance. Natural medicines are no magic tricks, but they can be helpful with multiple angles of treatments:

  • Detoxification of the body (only what can be detoxified)
  • Nourishment of the nervous system
  • Stimulation of cognitive and communicative functions (Tomatis method)
  • Help for treating and handling all the related symptoms 

Our recommendation as Holistic natural health experts

Autistic disability has enormous personal, familial, and social costs. Let’s not forget that an autistic child will remain autistic for the rest of his life. Therefore he will need help and appropriate care for all his life, like any other disability. 

This is a heavy burden, both for him and his family. Most of the time, this can be avoided by providing the child with a healthy environment with minimum toxics for good development of his nervous system and overall body.   

Considering the stakes, prevention is key, and every effort should be made to do so, as they will be much less than all the necessary effort for treatment once the autistic disability will be there. 

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