Is Autism common to children nowadays?
It is years back, when my best friend told me his son is facing the slight autism disorder. That is the first time I consider it as a common issue nowadays as not only as mention in movies only. Autism cases are on the rise in Malaysia. And I believed there must be a reason about this and start to look into it.
Since it is not a dead-end diagnosis, I would like to discuss this issue and to share the information I gathered so far, hoping this article might of help to anyone in need.
What is Autism?
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. These signs often develop gradually, though some children with autism reach their developmental milestones at a normal pace and then regress. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent in early childhood, typically before age three.
While autism is highly heritable, researchers suspect both environmental and genetic factors as causes. In certain cases, autism is strongly associated with agents that cause birth defects such as exposure to air pollution during pregnancy, especially Fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals and particulates, may increase the risk of autism.
There are toothpaste for maternity in the market without Fluoride and above mentioned ingredients.
Environmental factors that have been claimed to contribute to or exacerbate autism, or may be important in future research, include certain foods, infectious diseases, solvents, diesel exhaust, PCBs, phthalates and phenols used in plastic products, pesticides, brominated flame retardants, alcohol, smoking, illicit drugs, vaccines, and prenatal stress.
Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize. There are three recognized disorders, first is the autism spectrum disorder (ASDs), the other two being Asperger syndrome, which lacks delays in cognitive development and language, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (commonly abbreviated as PDD-NOS), which is diagnosed when the full set of criteria for autism or Asperger syndrome are not met.
Early speech or behavioral interventions can help children with autism gain self-care, social, and communication skills. Although there is not much known about the cure, there have been reported cases of children who recovered.
Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful. An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.
However, I met Dr. Chan, an Autism specialist in KL in 2013. He shared a lot of useful information on what causes Autism & the solution with successful cases to me. Witch perfectly matched the information I gathered. I would strongly suggest to visit his website for more details.
The declaration: This article is written in hope the information can reach the peoples in need and not promoting anything with no benefits or whatsoever received from Dr. Chan and his clinic.