Moms, it is not a disease, it is a disorder…it’s a very common disorder and lots can be done about it, that’s the good news. That is what I learnt about ‘Autism’ after I attended the very educative webinar organized by ‘Himalaya BabyCare’, where child behavior specialist ‘Mrs. Anupama Maruvada’ explained in great detail all that we need to know about this disorder.
Every mom needs to be extremely alert right from the time the child is a just a couple of months old about the various signs of autism as the earlier one can detect it, the more chances of reversing it through therapy. Himalaya introduced us , to one of the leading specialist in this field who not only explained in great detail about the condition but also about the Early Intervention and Behavioral Therapy that can reverse the symptoms of autism to a great extent.
Signs of Autism
Undoubtedly, it’s the mom who will know something is not too right. Moms observe every little thing that their children do or don’t do. And if you do notice your child has an unusual way of relating to people, communicating with the world or lacks interaction, you should react immediately. More often than not, it’s the mother’s gut feeling that something is wrong.
As early as 6-9 months of age, one witness warning signs and rather than waiting, if one acts instantly a lot can be saved. Children with Autism may / may not like to play or do anything that involves movement and social interactions. Even if they appear to play, it will lack interaction.
Being extremely dull or hyperactive, singing the same songs over and over again, repeating sounds or phrases or even actions can be signs. Not wanting to mingle and being reclusive can all be signs of autism. As a baby, lack of recognition, absence of a social smile, not recognizing family members are all potential signs of alert.
One should not be lazy about it. The earlier you take professional help, the better you will be able to treat the condition. Himalaya educated mothers on this topic, since Autism is not a common term in Indian households and that is not because it does not exist, it is because of the lack of awareness. Infact 1 in every 60 children today are detected of autism.
Mrs. Anupama Maruvada explained that Early Intervention and Behavioral Therapy can reverse the symptoms of autism to a great extent. Early intervention is to do with being aware about Autism. Behavioral therapy comprises of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which helps in functionally reverse Autism and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), which helps in severe cases of Autism to teach daily living skills.
Himalaya’s objective of conducting this webinar was well achieved as they did create the right type of awareness on the condition and made mothers alert of what they should be looking out for.