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Autism And Art - How To Nurture The Genius Artist In Your Child?

Dr. Rajalakshmi Kandaswamy 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Chennai
Autism And Art - How To Nurture The Genius Artist In Your Child?

If your child has recently been diagnosed with autism, you must be feeling baffled and disheartened. It is surely upsetting to learn that your beloved child has a serious developmental disorder. Learning about the disorder, and where to seek help may ease your confusion. Autism is a major developmental disorder, which develops in early childhood. Autism primarily impairs a child’s ability to interact and communicate.
Struggles of an autistic child-

  1. Social withdrawal
  2. Repetitive, rigid behavior
  3. Difficulty communicating verbally/non-verbally
  4. Learning disability

Being autistic or artistic-
Despite such problems, most parents of autistic children hold high hopes of wanting to unleash the one talent their child must be gifted with. Most often, the gifted talent is ‘art’. Studies show that in about 90% cases, autistic children possess artistic, creative skills. The finding may be surprising to others, as they can barely imagine how a child with the above traits could possibly be creative.

To quote a parent whose child suffers from autism since age 5- “My son Sam, who is now 15 years old, forced me into rethinking creativity years ago. He was hardly six years old, when I realized he could envision things that I would never imagine. During playtime, I once drew one or two curves on a paper and handed it back to him. I had really expected Sam to scribble a few lines or maybe a disoriented picture. But what my son came up with left me spellbound. Sam had drawn a picture of a bowlful of cereal with a spoon, and a hand pouring milk from a carton. For most people this would probably not mean anything. But being a mother to an autistic child, I was completely in awe of my son’s artistic skills.”

How to nurture your child’s ‘hidden talent’?
The question remains - Can such creative skills be discovered in your child too? The answer to the question is ‘Yes!’ Here is how you too can help your child cope with autism-

  1. Don’t limit your child: Allow your child to express his thoughts through creativity, art, music. His/her imagination should know no bounds. Sit by their side and watch them learn using different colors, shapes, and forms.
  2. Let your child thrive: Holding back your child will not help him/her come out of their shell. Your child may have difficulty learning things in school, or going through books. But he/she may have a knack for paintings, or solving puzzles. Encourage their artistic skills, and watch them grow.
  3. Intent healing for your child: A couple of sessions of Intent Healing for both the parent and the child can help manage autism. Ideally, 6 sessions of this therapy for the child and 2 sessions for the mother is recommended.

More than conventional treatment, autistic children need the support and affection of their parents. By adopting the above measures, you can assure your child’s speedy recovery.

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About 1 Lakh Children Died Of Air Pollution in 2016 - Wake Up Now!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
About 1 Lakh Children Died Of Air Pollution in 2016 - Wake Up Now!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report, out of 194 countries, India recorded the highest death rate of children below five years due to indoor and outdoor air pollution. This report also estimated that India has the second highest death rate overall due to air pollution, after Nigeria.

Another report, titled, "Air Pollution and Child Health", estimated that in 2016 approximately 100,000 children (below 5 years) died due to respiratory complications caused by outdoor and indoor air pollution.

According to WHO, about 98% of children below 5 years are exposed to PM 2.5 pollutants in India that exceed normal pollutant levels. These small particles are capable of entering the bloodstream and cause many acute lower respiratory diseases.

This study also estimated that high levels of Polycyclic Aromatic, Carcinogenic Compound and Hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been seen in the sample of women's breasts. This is one of the reasons behind pollutants entering bodies of lactating children.

Diseases Caused Among Children Due to Air Pollution

The report also stated that most of the children who are exposed to these pollutants have respiratory diseases like Leukaemia, Retinoblastoma, Otitis Media, Asthma, Nutritional Deficiency, Vitamin D Deficiency, etc. WHO reports have also established that exposure to these pollutants can lead to many behavioural disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, insulin resistance, and obesity.

  1. Deficiency of Vitamin D: Children who are continuously exposed to air pollutants are at risk of deficiency of Vitamin D. Deficiency of Vitamin D caused many diseases and lower the nutritional level of the body.
  2. Weak Immune System: Exposure to pollutants can even affect the immune system. High pollutants can alter the ability of the Immune System and lead to disturbance in the Hormonal System.
  3. Asthma: One of the main problems that occur in adults as well as children due to pollution is Asthma. It lowers the breathing rate of children. 
  4. Pneumonia: Inhaling air with pollutants can block the nasal passage and cause Pneumonia.
  5. Leukaemia and Retinoblastoma: Exposing a high concentration of pollutants may also lead to many serious issues like Leukaemia (Blood Cancer) or Retinoblastoma (Eye Cancer). 
  6. Lung and Brain Development: Weak immune systems and nutritional deficiencies can also affect the development of organs like Lung and Brain. High pollutant concentration in bloodstream may destroy nerve cells and lead to many behavioural disorders.

How to Protect Children from Air Pollution?

There are many ways to protect children from air pollution. It is also very important to protect the mother if the child is infant.

Some of the air pollution prevention methods are listed below:  

  • Less use of vehicles. Prefer walking or cycling
  • Maximize the use of renewable energy
  • Grow plants in houses and surroundings
  • Use protection mask while stepping out of the house
  • Keep the environment neat and clean
  • Routine checkup of lactating mother and child
  • Reduce the usage of plastics
  • Stop stubble and garbage burning

It's a major cause of concern that India has recorded the highest number of child deaths due to pollution in 2016. We need to come together as a country and start following sustainable practices so as to reduce this menace of pollution and provide a healthy environment for our children.

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How Homeopathy Can Help Manage Autism?

Dr. Amarjeeth Chilargikar 88% (10 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Bangalore
How Homeopathy Can Help Manage Autism?

The human brain is a unique and intricate organ, which performs many functions both consciously and subconsciously. However, during the formation of the brain within the mother's womb, the slightest of changes can cause damage to it, which manifest in many forms after birth. One of the forms it may manifest in is Autism.

What is Autism?
Autism, sometimes also classified as part of the Autism Spectrum disorder or ASD is a disorder of brain development, which will affect a child's capability to interact socially, in communicating through verbal and nonverbal means as well as exhibit repetitive behaviors. Some severe cases of these behaviors may also result in self-harm as well. 

Other than this some other characteristics may be:

  1. Major to minor difficulties in motor coordination
  2. Intellectual disabilities
  3. Attention problems
  4. Gastrointestinal problems
  5. Sleep related problems among others

How homeopathy can help
Conventional medicine is mostly used to treat some of the symptoms but is never used to cure or provide remedies for autism. A proper professional homeopath will be able to guide you to get the best results for your child and reduce all the problems of autism, if not outright cure it. Some of the medications that could be used to treat autism are as follows:

  1. Carcinosin - This is very helpful in children affected by autism who are talented, but are obsessive, compulsive, stubborn and also have sleep related issues. These children may also have addictive disorders.
  2. Agaricus - This medication is very good for children who may be mentally and physically awkward and show symptoms like indifference, muttering, talking, shouting or singing but not answering to direct calls or questions. Agaricus is very effective for children who suffer from involuntary jerking when they are awake.
  3. Cuprum Metallicum - This works wonders when the child is being very obsessive, angry and is inflexible, tense and is very aggressive towards their parents. Some of these children may even exhibit malicious behaviors and are usually averse to touch or being approached. 
  4. Androctonus - A child or a patient who tends to swing wildly from a stable good mood to a destructive mode can be calmed down or evened out by Androctonus. These children also exhibit behaviors of suspiciousness and quickness to act on their compulsion. 
  5. Helleborus - This is a very effective medication when the child is slow and under active and seems to be depressed most of the time. Some of these children may also have muscular weakness and helleborus is very effective in treating them.

These are only a few examples of how homeopathy can provide remedies for your autistic child and thus is an effective solution. However, you may need to consult a homeopathic doctor who can tailor make doses and medications after diagnosing the specific symptoms that you child may be having.

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Top 10 Psychologist in Bangalore!

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Psychologist in Bangalore!

Psychological disorders such as familial trouble, personality or childhood disorders, anxiety or  depression are more common than we think. If not treated timely they can result in in terminal diseases. Therefore it is important to consult the best psychologist in Bangalore. Here is list of top 10 psychologist in Bangalore:

1. Ms. Sandhya C

M.Sc - Psychotherapy

Ms. Sandhya C is a Psychologist with 4 years of experience and is one of the most trusted Psychologists in Bangalore. She is known for her treatment of anger management, adult counseling, abnormal behavior, drug de-addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, cognitive behavioral, grief and Premarital Counseling. She is currently practicing at J P Nagar Diagnostics & Health Centre, Bangalore.

Consultation fees: ₹500

2. Ms. Geetha.G

Master Of Science In Counseling & Psychotherapy

Ms. Geetha G. has over 9 years of experience and is a reputed counselling psychologist working with Dr. Levine Memorial Hospital, Bangalore. She has a wide range of services including abnormal behaviour, adult counselling, nicotine de-addiction and anger management. 

Consultation fees: ₹750

3. Dr. Syeda Arifa Tasneem

Msc - Clinical Psychology

Dr. Syeda is a consultant psychologist and hypnotherapist from Bangalore. She is known for her seminars on stress management, psychological disorders and music therapy in the corporate sector. She is an expert in psychological and psychotherapy, stress, family therapy and anger management, child and personal development and learning disability. She is currently associated with Apollo Spectra.
 
Consultation fees: ₹2000

4. Dr. Ms. Hema Sampath

Masters In Clinical Psychology, Diploma In Counselling Skills, NLP

Dr. Hema Sampath is a counseling psychologist and runs a counseling center called regenerating lives, a new beginning. She has been practicing as a counselor for 11 years. Her areas of expertise are adult and couple psychotherapy, stress and anger management, marital and adult counselling.

Consultation fees: ₹1000

5. Dr. Lakshmi.J

MA - Psychology, M.Phil - Mental Health & Social Psychology, PhD - Psychology

Dr. Lakshmi  is a consulting Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Yogic scholar. She has successfully handled cases of  intensive psychological disorders using her advanced and effective therapies. She is currently practicing at Jain University, Bangalore.

Consultation fees: ₹1200

6. Dr. Renu E George

PhD - Clinical Psychology, M.Phil - Clinical Psychology

Dr. Renu E George is a popular clinical psychologist in Bangalore. She is currently affiliated with Brain To Mind: Center For Psychological Assessment & Psychotherapy in Arekere, Bangalore and has 13 years of  experience. She is a member of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists. Her areas of counselling are psychological assessment, premarital counseling, psychotherapy, and executive functions training for children.

Consultation fees: ₹900

7. Dr. Saul Pereira

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd

Dr. Saul is practicing as a counselling psychologist at Saul Pereira Clinic, Bangalore. He has been  practicing for over 45 years now and has successfully dealt in cases related to stress, addiction of drugs and premarital counselling and parenting issues. Other areas of his  interest are abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, OCD management and anger issues. 

Consultation fees: ₹1000

8. Ms. Samiksha Jain

Diploma in Counselling Skills, Basic skills & Counselling, Couple and Family Counselling, Basic course in integrated clinical hypnosis CHI

Ms. Samiksha Jain is known for warmth, care and personal touch in her counselling . She uses some advance techniques for her therapeutic counseling. She has an experience of over 10 years and is currently practicing at Sahara Counselling Services. Before this she was associated with command hospital, sunshine autism school, Taj vivanta and parikrama center for learning. She is a member of international transactional analysis association.
 
Consultation fees: ₹1000

9. Mr. Senthilkumar L

Diploma in psychology, PVA ayurveda

Mr. Senthilkumar L is  a Certified Ayurveda therapist and a psychologist. He specializes in counselling related to Relationship counseling, Marriage/ Couple counseling, Stress Management, Pre-marriage assessment, Work Life Balance issues. He also provides ayurvedic therapies for wellness of body and mind . Other than this he is also a Career and Life coach. He practices at live to life balance.

Consultation fees: ₹500

10. Ms. Sadhana Mishra

M.Sc - Applied Psychology

Dr. Sadhana Mishra is a reputed Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist in Mumbai. She has experience of solving various issues using psychoanalysis like treatment of Learning Disorders, Insomnia, Memory problems. Pre-marital Counselling, and treating psychological disorders like anxiety and depression are some other areas of interest.

Consultation fees: ₹800

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Autism - How Homeopathy Can Help?

Dr. Neha Soni 83% (10 ratings)
BHMS, P.G.Hom.London, Fellowship In Medical Cosmetology Germany
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Autism - How Homeopathy Can Help?

The human brain is a unique and intricate organ, which performs many functions both consciously and subconsciously. However, during the formation of the brain within the mother's womb, the slightest of changes can cause damage to it, which manifest in many forms after birth. One of the forms it may manifest in is Autism.

What is Autism?
Autism, sometimes also classified as part of the Autism Spectrum disorder or ASD is a disorder of brain development, which will affect a child's capability to interact socially, in communicating through verbal and nonverbal means as well as exhibit repetitive behaviors. Some severe cases of these behaviors may also result in self-harm as well. 

Other than this some other characteristics may be:

  1. Major to minor difficulties in motor coordination
  2. Intellectual disabilities
  3. Attention problems
  4. Gastrointestinal problems
  5. Sleep related problems among others

How homeopathy can help
Conventional medicine is mostly used to treat some of the symptoms but is never used to cure or provide remedies for autism. A proper professional homeopath will be able to guide you to get the best results for your child and reduce all the problems of autism, if not outright cure it. Some of the medications that could be used to treat autism are as follows:

  1. Carcinosin - This is very helpful in children affected by autism who are talented, but are obsessive, compulsive, stubborn and also have sleep related issues. These children may also have addictive disorders.
  2. Agaricus - This medication is very good for children who may be mentally and physically awkward and show symptoms like indifference, muttering, talking, shouting or singing but not answering to direct calls or questions. Agaricus is very effective for children who suffer from involuntary jerking when they are awake.
  3. Cuprum Metallicum - This works wonders when the child is being very obsessive, angry and is inflexible, tense and is very aggressive towards their parents. Some of these children may even exhibit malicious behaviors and are usually averse to touch or being approached. 
  4. Androctonus - A child or a patient who tends to swing wildly from a stable good mood to a destructive mode can be calmed down or evened out by Androctonus. These children also exhibit behaviors of suspiciousness and quickness to act on their compulsion. 
  5. Helleborus - This is a very effective medication when the child is slow and under active and seems to be depressed most of the time. Some of these children may also have muscular weakness and helleborus is very effective in treating them.

These are only a few examples of how homeopathy can provide remedies for your autistic child and thus is an effective solution. However, you may need to consult a homeopathic doctor who can tailor make doses and medications after diagnosing the specific symptoms that you child may be having.

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How Homeopathy Can Help Treat Autism?

Dr. Komal Solanki 88% (34 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Nadiad
How Homeopathy Can Help Treat Autism?

The human brain is a unique and intricate organ, which performs many functions both consciously and subconsciously. However, during the formation of the brain within the mother's womb, the slightest of changes can cause damage to it, which manifest in many forms after birth. One of the forms it may manifest in is Autism.

What is Autism?
Autism, sometimes also classified as part of the Autism Spectrum disorder or ASD is a disorder of brain development, which will affect a child's capability to interact socially, in communicating through verbal and nonverbal means as well as exhibit repetitive behaviors. Some severe cases of these behaviors may also result in self-harm as well. 

Other than this some other characteristics may be:

  1. Major to minor difficulties in motor coordination
  2. Intellectual disabilities
  3. Attention problems
  4. Gastrointestinal problems
  5. Sleep related problems among others

How homeopathy can help
Conventional medicine is mostly used to treat some of the symptoms but is never used to cure or provide remedies for autism. A proper professional homeopath will be able to guide you to get the best results for your child and reduce all the problems of autism, if not outright cure it. Some of the medications that could be used to treat autism are as follows:

  1. Carcinosin - This is very helpful in children affected by autism who are talented, but are obsessive, compulsive, stubborn and also have sleep related issues. These children may also have addictive disorders.
  2. Agaricus - This medication is very good for children who may be mentally and physically awkward and show symptoms like indifference, muttering, talking, shouting or singing but not answering to direct calls or questions. Agaricus is very effective for children who suffer from involuntary jerking when they are awake.
  3. Cuprum Metallicum - This works wonders when the child is being very obsessive, angry and is inflexible, tense and is very aggressive towards their parents. Some of these children may even exhibit malicious behaviors and are usually averse to touch or being approached. 
  4. Androctonus - A child or a patient who tends to swing wildly from a stable good mood to a destructive mode can be calmed down or evened out by Androctonus. These children also exhibit behaviors of suspiciousness and quickness to act on their compulsion. 
  5. Helleborus - This is a very effective medication when the child is slow and under active and seems to be depressed most of the time. Some of these children may also have muscular weakness and helleborus is very effective in treating them.

These are only a few examples of how homeopathy can provide remedies for your autistic child and thus is an effective solution. However, you may need to consult a homeopathic doctor who can tailor make doses and medications after diagnosing the specific symptoms that you child may be having.

Know Effective Ways To Treat Autism!

Dr. Munish Sood 91% (162 ratings)
B.A.M.S, MD (Ayu) Kayachikitsa
Ayurveda, Shimla
Know Effective Ways To Treat Autism!

Autism is defined as a neuro biological pervasive development disorder that includes lack of social skills and inability to reciprocate to social interactions. The patient may also have intellectual and cognitive deficits and problems in communication (verbal as well as non-verbal). Ayurveda, the oldest study of medicine, has proved to be very effective when it comes to managing and treating those affected by autism. The earlier an autistic person resorts to Ayurveda, the more effective it is. 

Ayurvedic drink recipe for treating the symptoms of autism: (should be taken daily)

1. 1/3 cup of yogurt
2. 3/4 cup of water
3. Cumin
4. Coriander and
5. Ginger
OR 
Diluted Fresh Pomegranate Juice. 

Ayurveda in Curbing Aggression: 

Autism includes heightened aggression and aversion from social interaction due to a neurological condition that impairs the functioning of the brain. Not all autistic patients are violent towards others but may express their frustration by self-harm and emotional outbursts. One can curb these emotional outbursts by taking herbal supplements. An Ayurvedic herb called Brahmi (BacopaMonneiri) which is known for its, anti-anxiety, neuroprotective and antioxidant properties can help considerably. 
Regular massages using sandalwood, rose, lavender and gotu kola oils is also very calming and relieving, because it stimulates the blood flow and neuron responses. Massage also helps in increasing eye contact and social relatedness, less stereotypic behavior and improved sleep. 

Ayurvedic Herbs for Autism: 

1. Brahmi- Scientifically known as BacopaMonneiri, Brahmi is an important herb that delays the process of forgetting and improves memory. Not only does Brahmi improve memory but also increases the grasping power, intellect and speech and also corrects the abnormality of emotions, personality and mood of an autistic individual. It also helps in performing complex tasks such as comprehension, reasoning and learning.
2. Ashwagandha- Scientifically known as WithaniaSomneifera, Ashwaganda has high affinity for gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. Low GABA activity is related to cognitive impairment. 
3. Shankhapushpi- Scientifically known as ClitoriaTernatia, Shankhapushpi is very effective in improving learning and memory. 
4. CentellaAsiatica- This ayurvedic herb is used as a medication for insanity, speech disorders and epilepsy making it a very useful drug for treating autism.
5. Convolvulus pluricaulis- Apart from treating insanity and epilepsy, Convolvulus pluricaulis brightens the mind and improves memory and intellect vastly.
 

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Does Homeopathy Help In Treating Autism?

BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Does Homeopathy Help In Treating Autism?

Homeopathy the science which has given so much to the society yet the one which is commonly persecuted as placebo effect, it isn’t science so on and so forth. But we are not just believers we are a bunch of intellects who have seen the efficacy of the science and art when practised in the correct manner has yielded best results.

I have seen many cases where there was no hope to offer to the suffering, but Homeopathy came to their rescue. Homeopathy is a science based on sound scientific principles and has a complete pharmacopeia describing the effects of the medicines.

We get queries from all over the world for Homeopathic treatment for Autism, we have seen encouraging results with Homeopathic medicines, not only did these Homeopathic medicines were easy to give but also effective. No side effects, what else can one expect but still lot of those suffering kids do not get the benefit of Homeopathic medicines. Thanks to the bad publicity drive by so many from ulterior motives.

We take into consideration the reports by the Early intervention team and it also undergoes the detailed Homeopathic case taking which is an essential part to select the right homeopathic medicines that suits the individual. As homeopathic medicine is highly individualised we need to find the correct remedy that suits the individual, so it can make the positive impact on the individual and help in dealing with the disorder.

Some parents are worried about the distance how can Dr. Joshi’s center for Autism help patients in other parts of the world, but we have seen the complete treatment cycle from various countries and states and successfully implemented our treatment protocol seamlessly.

Homeopathic medicine can be given for long term without any side effects, and we have seen that the percentage of regression after improvement decreases.

Give your child the Homeopathic care and it can brings encouraging change and benefits the child in the long run. Time is precious don’t waste it.

 

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Autism Spectrum - Why Homeopathy Is The Best Form Of Treatment?

Dr. S S Tanwar 93% (2641 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Gurgaon
Autism Spectrum - Why Homeopathy Is The Best Form Of Treatment?

One of the best pleasures of life is to watch a child grow up and begin to learn and explore new things in the surroundings. However, children affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism may not be able to do this at the same pace as other kids. They are a little slow to respond and may not socialise very easily.

ASD is a collective term used for a range of symptoms, including poor verbal and nonverbal communication, poor social skills, repetitive behaviour, and impaired learning abilities. The onset and severity of symptoms also vary across children. While some show symptoms in preschool, others would be completely normal and start showing symptoms after a couple of years of schooling. The following are some symptoms that indicate the child could have autism.

  1. Lack of babbling by 9 months of age
  2. No response when called by their name even after 12 months of age
  3. Not uttering single words by the age of 16 months, two words by 24 months
  4. Lack of social skills including resistance to cuddling, not mingling with other kids
  5. Self-injurious behaviour like banging head on the wall, hurting a toy, etc.

Homeopathy offers safe, effective remedy for children with autism. Treatment regime is highly customised based on underlying and accompanying symptoms of each patient. The following are commonly used ingredients; however, self-medication is best avoided.

  1. Agaricus: The child talks and sings but does not respond. There is indifference, fearlessness, shouting, constant jerking of the head, difficulty reading, possible double vision and feels awkward physically and mentally.
  2. Carcinosin: The child is obstinate and has compulsive obsessive tendencies. It is hyperactive, does not sleep, has addictive tendencies, and likes to drink milk which worsens the symptoms.
  3. Androctonus: The child is destructive, suspicious, mischievous, but very quick to respond. The child behaves very well at times and can be very naughty at other times.
  4. Helleborus: The child is generally weak, slow to respond, appears thoughtless, often stares into air, and looks depressed with involuntary sighing and habit of lip biting. Sight, hearing, and taste could be affected.
  5. Cuprum Metallicum: The child is extremely tense, irritable, rigid, malicious, and very difficult to handle. Does not like to be touched or spoken to or played with. Can be aggressive with the parents, driving them to despair.

May have tics infestation on the scalp.
Another recent approach is the CEASE (Complete Elimination Autism Spectrum Expression) Therapy. This combines homoeopathy with orthomolecular medicines that provide the required nutrition for brain development (vitamins, minerals, Omega 3 fatty acids, etc.) This helps in overall brain development and restoring function in affected children. As noted, the right potency of these products will determine the response to treatment.

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When Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

Ms. Shalini Thakur 93% (109 ratings)
B. Sc. Speech & Hearing
Speech Therapist, Delhi
When Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?

When it comes to speech, every child has a different pace of learning. In the first year, they should be able to recognize and respond to their own names and simple directions like ‘come’, etc. By a child’s second birthday, he or she should be able to use a single word or two-word phrases and understand simple questions. If a child’s speech development seems atypical for his or her age, you may need to consult a speech therapist. Some of the things you should look out for are:

  1. Mispronouncing vowels: Many children have problems with pronunciation. Pronouncing ‘bath’ as ‘baf’ or ‘animal’ as ‘amal’ is normal. However, if they cannot pronounce vowels correctly, they may be having problems with articulation. For example, your child might say ‘coo’ instead of ‘cow’.
  2. Using only single words: Part of a speech therapist’s job is to teach a child to join words together to create phrases and sentences. If even after your child’s second birthday, they still prefer using single words instead of phrases, you should consult a speech therapist. For example, they may just say ‘water’ instead of ‘i want water’.
  3. Stuttering: Many children are shy and hesitant of speaking especially in front of strangers. However, stuttering is a more serious problem. This could be in the form of repeating syllables or prolonging words. For example, ‘s-s-s-s-s-stop’ or ‘mmmmmm me’. If this is not nipped in the bud, it could continue into the child’s adult life as well.
  4. Answering a question by repeating part of it: By the age of three years, a child should be able to understand and answer simple questions. If the child answers a question by repeating part of it, such as answering “do you want food” with “you want food”, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. This is known as echolalia and might be an early symptom of autism.
  5. Limited vocabulary: Each child’s vocabulary grows at a different rate but it is important to be able to notice an increase in the child’s vocabulary from month to month. If the child uses only a finite set of words and does not catch on to new words, you may need a speech therapist. They can help the child expand their vocabulary and become more receptive to new words.

Other factors you should watch out for include difficulty with pronouns, not being able to follow instructions and understand prepositions and confusion with gender. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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