Autism occurred in about 5 children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990’s, the rate of autism has increased enormously throughout the world, so that figures as high as 60 per 10,000 are being reported. According recent figure estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affects all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups.
The reasons for the increase are being debated, but the most likely cause appears to be
over vaccinations of infants,
Leaky Gut Syndrome,
Chronic Inflammation Of Brain cells Neurons ,
Heavy metal Toxins.
Environmental Pollution can also to be blamed.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are the leading cause of disability in children
Even though the majority of these are defined as “mild” TBI (mTBI), there is evidence that between 15-50% of children with mTBI will have poor functional outcomes.
Especially MMR vaccines blamed for this but experts claim it’s not vaccine but Thimerosal in the vaccine causing the damage. Though it is evident that Children with weak constitution or make-up cannot take up vaccination adverse reactions and one size fits all policy is not beneficial so many factors are playing their part in continuation of Governmental Vaccination drives as before.(Read related articles.)
Some experts feel that screening may alleviate parents’ uncertainties by obtaining an earlier diagnosis when parents already know that their child is “just not right.”
But others, such as University of Maryland’s Shubin, are concerned that it may instil unnecessary fear due to incorrect diagnoses. Screening could also offer relief for other families who feel that something is not quite right with their child, only to discover that they do not have any form of ASD.
“Screening that shows their kids do not have autism should be a relief,” says Dr. Mark Groshek, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Littleton, Colorado
Role of Mother’s Mental Health.
In a study they compared mothers of 20 autistic, 20 Down syndrome, and 20 developmentally normal children matched on several pertinent demographic variables. Results revealed that mothers of autistic children reported.
less parenting competence,
less marital satisfaction,
more family cohesion, and
Less family adaptability than mothers in the other two groups.
Mothers of both autistic and Down syndrome children reported more disrupted planning,
caretaker burden, family burden, and
Frequent use of self-blame as a coping strategy than did mothers of developmentally normal children.
The practical implications of these findings are discussed, particularly those pertaining to low parenting competence and the use of self-blame as a coping strategy.
So, it’s evident that Mother’s state of mind and Health has direct effect on Children’s health even after birth at times.
Also, because many ASDs are still not completely understood, there exists no “cure” per se, only treatment.
“Better treatment options need to be studied,” says Dr. Steven Pavlakis, professor of neurology and pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. But, Johnson says, this does not mean that early treatment cannot have significant benefits.
“There are medicines that may improve — although not cure — their behaviour,” she adds. .
We hear reports by parents and professionals regarding recovery in some individuals on the spectrum based on many of the interventions mentioned earlier.
There are many ways to interpret the word “recovery,” and we view recovery in the same way as the medical community—that is, as a managed state, similar to recovery from addiction or cancer. Individuals receiving appropriate treatment and support will retain their unique and wonderful personality, but they will be better able to manage life and feel physically well.
Although there may still be some residual “autistic” traits, some adults on the spectrum state that it is not necessary to provide them with help or assistance—that they do not need to be “treated.” They embrace the diagnosis and are pleased with their overall sense of being. These individuals very much want to be accepted for who they are.
These treatments may be neurologically based (e.g., to stop seizure activity), medically based (e.g., to reduce gastro-esophageal reflux or severe constipation), nutritionally based (e.g., to normalize a nutritional deficiency), or sensory based (e.g., to reduce hyper-sensitivities). Medical approaches augment educational and behavioural approaches that are often needed and can also be helpful.
Compiled from resources such as: CDC, National Autistic society, Autism Research Institute …