Autism is an extremely overwhelming condition, showing itself up in different ways in different cases, sometimes getting difficult or even impossible to treat, frustrating the doctors, patients, and his family alike. The whole problem with this medical condition is that it does not stem out of any one definite, identifiable cause. People that suffer from autism are acting differently from each other, and because we know so little about the brain and the way it works it’s hard to understand what causes this affection or what is the best method of treating it.
Autism is a term that refers to a variety of neurological developmental issues, and that affects certain areas of the brain, the ones that are responsible for the language skills, the interaction with others, and many more, depending on each individual. The disorder could be arising from abnormalities and/or deformities in several areas of the human brain. Some scientists and researchers are also of the opinion that autism could sometimes be the result of a gene mutation.
It is very difficult to comprehend that our son could possibly have autism, this is when parents are in a state of shock, guilt, denial, desperation, blame and even depression. Autism is was a word that families do not want to hear. Since then, we have all come to accept it and our families have been very compassionate about our son and us.
The reactions, patterns, and symptoms associated with autism begin taking shape inside the womb. There are many symptoms associated with the autistic spectrum. One major and important symptom is “withdrawal.” Withdrawal produces other autistic symptoms such as mutism or not speaking, not making eye contact, and choices to live in their own private world.
Just as there are many signs of autism, there are many ways you can help your autistic child cope with everyday life. Praise them often, it reinforces good behaviors. Teach them things by doing it with them, showing them how, even if it is something menial like brushing their teeth or eating with a fork and knife. As they get older, use visual reminders to help them keep on task. Put up pictures of getting dressed.
Then there are other types of illnesses called autoimmune system related illnesses. About 10 years ago I sprayed the pear tree in my backyard with pesticides because all the pears I was getting had bug spots and most were crooked in shape. Not the type you get in the grocery stores. The pesticide attacks the spinal cord nerve system in the bugs and makes them paralyzed.
The fact is that no one really knows for sure what causes autism, but many professionals would most likely agree that autism is likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For many parents, this uncertainty in what causes autism can be very frustrating.