Autism and how are the symptoms influenced?
Autism is not a genetically engineered disability that will stay fixed in a child’s body for the rest of his or her life. Understanding the factors influencing the symptoms of Autism can be achieved by paying attention to and recording the environment surrounding and before accidents in a different way. Sensory breaks will assist your child in refocusing and regrouping.
Figuring out your child’s needs
There’s a lot of literature into how people with autism lack a so-called theory of mind, which means they don’t realize you’re a different person with different needs than they do. That may be valid, but teachers, parents, and experts often lack an understanding of what has come to be known as the child’s theory of sensation and perception.
You don’t understand why a flickering light bulb strikes her like a bolt of lightning and what influences it to act so, and a doorbell ringing sounds like a thousand church bells. You don’t understand why a kid has to tap his foot and sprint around the classroom to avoid falling out of his chair. And you don’t realize that yogurt, because of its smooth texture, might be one of the only foods that don’t make your daughter’s mouth feel like it’s full of pebbles.
Your child is likely having as much trouble finding out your needs as you are with hers. She may not know that you’re having a rough day, so try to be less needy today. Since he can’t read your boredom cues, he may talk incessantly.
Search for the hidden meaning
Many of your child’s acts can seem to be illogical—they don’t seem to serve any particular reason. Your kid, on the other hand, does not smear poop all over the walls on purpose to make you weep or upset. Assume for a moment that your child is sending you coded messages about things that are important to him, and your task is to crack the code so you can “read” the messages.
You may be able to catch signs you didn’t see before and find a more successful way to support your child if you pay attention to these acts differently. Taking this approach will also help you respond more thoughtfully to these “abnormal” habits, meaning that you don’t unwittingly perpetuate them by rewarding your child for actions that irritate you.
Instead of seeing the behavior as “negative,” consider how the context, or environment, is out of line with your child’s needs and what you can do to address it.
External Environmental Factors
Some elements of your child’s life can be modified, while others cannot. A well-intentioned action, such as a teacher popping a candy in your daughter’s mouth to keep her quiet, inadvertently rewarding her for being noisy in class, maybe the root of the issue.
Figuring out what the issue is may often be enough to get you to take action. Your refrigerator will still make humming noises, but if you notice that it is disturbing your hearing-impaired son, you can assist him in setting up a quiet study area.
You may notice a discrepancy in what is expected of your child and what he /she is capable of
- Sensory stimulation
If your child is overwhelmed by too much sensory input, he can act out destructively. Jimmy is a talented young man with a strong desire to learn. He does, however, have a classmate who cries for hours every day. Jimmy is driven over the edge by the sound and emotional weight of the weeping, making it impossible for him to focus and understand. His mother has noticed this and is attempting to place him in a less disruptive classroom.
- Social triggers
Maybe your daughter has realized she doesn’t have any friends, so recess is especially difficult for her. It’s possible that talking to her teacher and even her peers would help. Tell them about your daughter’s concerns and ask for their assistance. Children may be mean to one another, but they can also be very transparent and accepting of one another. Make an effort to connect with their better natures. Don’t assume they’ll know how to treat your child; instead, teach them, and you may be surprised at how supportive her peers become
- Communication problems
Perhaps your son is upset because he is unable to communicate—either about the painful reflux in his throat or the question he wants to answer on the blackboard. Instead of talking, you might use images, sign language, or a keyboard. Experimentation and a great teacher will make all the difference in this situation.
Perhaps your child is bored because the teacher or the subject matter isn’t interesting. If your son’s preschool class is studying dinosaurs this year and he’s intrigued by machines, the instructor may be able to steer the discussion in his direction by spending some class time explaining the machines used to research dinosaurs or dig up their bones.
Internal Environmental Factors
You will have to concentrate on the following points while deciphering the triggers of autism.
Sources of pain:
Examine the teeth, reflux, gut, broken bones, cuts and splinters, wounds, abscesses, sprains, and bruises for any potential causes of pain. Any actions that seem to be localized may be a sign of pain. If he prefers to sit curled up in a ball or drapes his stomach over the arm of the sofa, his stomach may be hurting.
Some actions, particularly those that seem strange, unmotivated, abrupt, or out of nowhere, maybe the result of seizures. If you’re worried, keep a clear record of what you see, ask your child’s teachers and therapists if they’ve seen anything similar, and talk to your doctor about it.
Food allergies and sensitivities:
Identify any food allergies or sensitivities that your child may be experiencing. Diarrhea within a few hours of consuming a specific food, as well as red, flushed cheeks or ears, may all be indicators of an allergy. When parents exclude such items from their child’s diet, many parents claim that their child’s flapping or repetitive activities disappear. An elimination diet will reveal whether or not those foods cause discomfort or irregular behaviors.
Fatigue, hunger, or thirst:
Your child may become irritable if he or she is hungry, tired, or thirsty, just like everyone else. Unusual behavior may be explained by a lack of sleep or a cold. Her irritability may be caused by a chronic disease or a low-grade infection. If your child has a habit of being cranky at certain times of the day, see if offering a slice of fruit at that time makes a difference.
Rage, depression, fear, and anxiety may all affect one’s actions. Parents who are going through a divorce, a health scare, a work change, or a transfer may believe that everything is fine and that their child has no reason to be worried. But if you’re concerned about anything, chances are your child is, too—especially if he doesn’t have the power to do something about it or even express his concerns.
Stress and behavioral disorders may be exacerbated by a lack of coordination. Grade school gym class can be overwhelming, as anyone who has ever been selected last or near last for a team knows. The limited-time allocated for locker room changes or bathroom breaks can add a lot of tension if your child has trouble undoing buttons or zippers. Negotiating a packed corridor between classes can be overwhelming if you walk awkwardly.
Stabilization, regulation, and sensory interruptions
Once you have addressed your child’s physical needs, it’s time to consider sensory and emotional regulation. Your child’s sensory experiences are probably very different from your own. She is likely easily overwhelmed by information coming in through some senses, perhaps upset by loud noises, and isn’t getting enough input from the senses responsible for self-awareness and regulation.
In school, you learned about five senses: taste, smell, sound, sight, and touch. Two more senses are important to understand your child: the vestibular sense, which controls balance, and proprioception, or the sense of one’s body in space. In many people with autism, some of the information from these senses is too much, too little, or distorted, leading to feelings of terror, pain, or disengagement.
To overcome the confusion, your child needs help stabilizing his senses. Author Judy Endow, an adult with autism, recommends sensory breaks—moments during the day when your child can fill sensory needs.
What type of sensory break does your child need?
Observe your child and see what they gravitate to when they do repetitive behaviors. That might give you some clues as to what sensory activities help them regroup. Depending on your child’s needs and strengths, a sensory break might include:
- doing push-ups against the wall
- rubbing something with texture
- wearing a weighted vest or blanket
- listening to music
- sucking through a straw
- chewing something crunchy
- taking a visual break in a quiet environment
- using an assistive technology
Exercise can also help to relax the nervous system and teach physical self-control. Team sports that involve advanced ability and social interactions are generally not a good idea, but depending on your child’s age, abilities, and fears, going to the gym or the pool, rolling a ball around the floor, or going for a family walk or run may help relieve stress and satisfy sensory needs.
According to one report, the value of proprioceptive knowledge lasts about two hours, so your child can need a sensory break like this every two hours or so. Some children need much more regular stabilization. Of course, each child is special, and their needs are likely to move regularly. Judy addresses the desire to collect sensory information both proactively—before a problem arises—and reactively—when something is causing her discomfort throughout the moment.
The goal of therapy is for your child to develop enough self-awareness to know when they need to stabilize, self-regulate, and take a sensory break—and to know how to do these things. Then, regardless of their issues, they will manage better in the world.
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