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What is autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism impacts normal development of the organ in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism experience difficulty in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interaction, and leisure or play activities.

Autism is the most common of the Pervasive Development Disorders affecting an estimated 1 to 166 births (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004, USA). This means that as many as 1.5 million Americans today are believed to suffer from some form of autism.

Statistics from the US department of education and other governmental agencies say that autism is growing at the rate of 10-17 per cent per annum. At this rate, it is estimated that autism could affect as many as four million Americans in the next decade. (There is no data available in India.)

The overall incidence of autism is consistent around the globe, but is four times more prevalent in boys than girls. Autism knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries, and family income, lifestyle, and educational levels do not affect the chance of its occurrence.

Research Ayurvedic Treatment For Autism
Times Bangalore:

Bangalore : Over 400 people, including institutions, NCC cadets, volunteers and families of those with autism participated in the 3rd annual Autism Awareness Walk on Sunday.

Organized by the Information and Resource Centre (IRC), in association with the Autism Society of India, an autism clinic and ayurveda kendra were launched on the sidelines of the event.

The clinic will have a team of medical experts guiding parents in identifying, diagnosing and treating autism. The clinic will help kids with autism and other special needs, using alternative medicine and therapy. It was launched in association with Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, Shoranur, at the Sharada Ayurveda Kendra.

Former vice-chancellor, Manipal University, Dr B M Hegde, stressed that use of alternative medicine for autism needs to be properly documented. Ayurvedic treatment for autism must be scientifically researched, he said.

Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder typically appearing in the first three years of life and characterized by impairment in communication and social a for ensuring physical and psychological welfare of mother and child, as also development of the child during formative years.


Testimony: How Krishna broke free of Autism?
The Rediff Special/Shobha Warrier

When Krishna Narayanan was four years old, his mother showed him an apple and repeated, "Apple... apple..." He knew not only the word 'apple', but many, many other complicated words. He wanted to cry out to his mother that he knew all of them, but no words came out of his mouth; just a garbled sound.

Inside an elevator as a four year old, Krishna felt extremely tense. To relieve the tension, he stretched out his right hand and watched his fingers. This was a weird mannerism to the onlookers, and many thought he was insane. The liftman ridiculed him with nasty jokes. It hurt Krishna, and he badly wanted to tell his mom that he felt ridiculed and hurt, but he lived in a silent world.

Once on the school playground a kid came and asked, 'How are you?' Krishna answered in his mind, 'Fine, how are you?' But in reality, nothing came out of his mouth.

He had to pass through 23 long years of mental torture, hurt, and agony, but his mother's relentless spirit in educating him and Ayurvedic treatment at the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala and at the K A Samajam Hospital at Shoranur helped Krishna write what went on within him.

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