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21/Sep/2022

Ayurvedic Approach Towards Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition in which the nervous system loses control of some or all of the muscles and joints of the body. For example, an individual with cerebral palsy (CP) lacks control over voluntary muscle movements and can’t walk, feed themselves or even talk on their own. This means that if an individual with CP needs to use the toilet, they need to be taken care of by someone else. The person with CP needs care 24 hours a day from someone who can help feed them, bathe them, dress them and more. The word “cerebral” refers to the brain, while “palsy” means paralysis.
One of the main causes of cerebral palsy is premature birth, although most babies born prematurely don’t have cerebral palsy. The symptoms of cerebral palsy can range from mild to severe and includes muscle control movement, coordination, and balance issues.

Early signs of cerebral palsy may include developmental delays such as:

• Rolling Over
• Sitting up
• Crawling and walking later than usual

According to Ayurveda covering a special care for Cerebral Palsy is a critical aspect of holistic medicine. This disease is caused by genetic mutation and it’s not an acute disease (incurable). Cerebral Palsy is a disturbance in the nervous system which can lead to a variety of symptoms. It can affect both children and adults. Ayurveda is one of the traditional forms of treatment for cerebral palsy which is completely natural and devoid of any side effects.
At Jeevaniyam, we believe that Ayurvedic system of medicine is directly related to the nervous system and hence have positive effects on CP symptoms.

We follow the Kottakal protocol for CP developed by Dr Dinesh KS, Head of the department of Kaumarabhruthya, Kottakal Ayurveda Medical college. It includes symptomatic management and conservative management. The treatment includes various external and internal herbal therapies, fluid intake, diet etc. The treatment protocols such the procedure pancha Karma with yoga vasthi in improving physical growth, brain development, and subsiding spasticity in patients. We do specially designed massages with herbs that improves blood circulation, relieves body pain, removes waste products, and improves muscular strength. The most important thing is to get an early diagnosis and get the disease treated on time which will improve the quality of life of the child.


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14/Sep/2022

How Social Skills Are Affected By Autism?

Autism is a developmental disorder that can impact the way a person communicates, interacts with the world around them, and manages emotions. The treatment of social skills deficit remains one of the most challenging areas in meeting the needs of people with autism. Social skills are formed through regular interactions with people. Since children with autism have a hard time understanding and reading others, social skills often need to be taught differently.

Social skills can be limited or different in a child with autism regardless of the severity of the disorder. Generally, a higher degree of disability means a more significant impact on behaviour, communication skills, and social interactions. Autistic children can find it difficult to use social skills they’ve learned. For example, your child might be able to share pencils at home with their siblings but not at school with their classmates. They may become easily overwhelmed or frustrated when they try to develop and sustain friendships. Making friends can be frightening, confusing and anxiety-provoking for autistic young people. There are various reasons why people with autism may find it challenging to make and maintain friendships.

The difficulties  related to  social skills and interactions include:

  • Poor non-verbal communication skills and behaviour.
  • An inability to “read” others.
  • Difficulties with back-and-forth conversations and interactions.
  • Difficulty understanding non-verbal communication cues in other people.
  • Trouble adjusting behaviour to the situation, often resulting in inappropriate behaviour.
  • Lack of interest in peers.
  • No desire for imaginary or collaborative play.
  • Inflexibility with routines and schedules.

 

At Jeevaniyam, we have a team of doctors, Behaviour Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Speech and Language Pathologists who evaluates each child and help them attain social skills. We guide the child about the importance of social skills with the help of stories, videos and other presentation tools as an introduction. Based on this, as the next step, we ensure that the child participates in all activities and games that makes it easy for the child to understand and follow. Once the child is familiar with this, we make the child  practice the same with different sets of people so that the child becomes less resistant in interacting with people. Some of the most important social skills that we improve are greeting others, sharing with others, helping others, appropriately expressing emotions, manners, interacting with other kids and adults, following multi step directions and complimenting the tasks achieved. Once all the above things are achieved, we would encourage the child to develop friendships.  We have buddy programs like learning ladders which helps the child to have an integrated play group.


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09/Sep/2022

How To Make Bedtime More Relaxing For Kids With ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in kids has a very big impact on their sleep because they are hypersensitive to environmental stimuli and their bodies react more strongly, making it harder to turn off their brains and settle down for sleep. Our research has shown that 20 percent of these children have difficulty falling or staying asleep. That’s three times the rate among children who don’t have the condition.

Sleep is important for your child’s ability to focus and concentrate, mood, general health, and well-being. If the child is not getting enough sleep, once they wake up they will be having the symptoms like

Having a sleep disorder in addition to ADHD isn’t easy. However, with the right treatment and lifestyle modifications, you can greatly reduce your child’s ADHD symptoms and improve their sleep. One of the best things you can do to help your child sleep better with ADHD is to follow good sleep hygiene: the habits conducive to regular, restful sleep. These are good habits for anyone to follow, but they’re especially important for those prone to poor sleep, such as children with ADHD.

A few things that can be done to improve the sleep pattern are by designing the child’s sleep schedule which can be followed in a daily basis, diet schedule, exercise schedule and relaxation techniques and a few things that can be done to the room which can help in improving the quality of sleep is by using blackout curtains keeping the room very dark.

At Jeevaniyam, we help your child to manage and to eliminate feelings of anxiety and thoughts that keep them from falling asleep through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). We also provide Sensory Integration Therapy and Ayurveda treatments that help promote normal sleep.


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03/Sep/2022

Connection Between Sleep Disorder And ADHD In Kids!

Children with ADHD would often find it very difficult to sleep because the activity level of the child would be higher than of a normal child. The symptoms that the child would encompass are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity which would deprive the child from having a good sleep. For most children, the disorder continues into adulthood, though careful managing can greatly improve quality of life for children with ADHD.

Children with ADHD experience sleep problems, ranging from insomnia to secondary sleep conditions. Nightmares are also common with children who are having insomnia and if not treated properly could lead the children to continue the conditions to adulthood. Children who are rarely hyperactive during the day may experience racing thoughts and a burst of energy at night that interfere with sleeping. Some children start to hyperfocus on very less important objects and make it difficult for them to sleep which leads to a disrupted sleep wake schedule. As time passes children would find sleep as a very stressful activity.

Many ADHD symptoms are like symptoms of sleep deprivation. Daytime sleepiness can have serious effects on school. People may judge a child with ADHD for sleeping at inappropriate times, without realizing that it is part of their condition and very difficult to avoid. Children with ADHD-related sleep deprivation may feel grumpy, irritable, restless, or tired, or they may have trouble paying attention at school or at work. Sometimes, these symptoms may be mistaken for a mood disorder. These problems also take their toll on families and caregivers of children with ADHD. Preliminary research shows that primary caregivers of children with ADHD as well as sleep problems are more likely to be depressed, anxious, stressed, and late to work.

Common sleep disorders with ADHD children are:

  • Sleep-Disordered Breathing
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy

At Jeevaniyam, with the team of our doctors and experienced therapists we can diagnose and treat children with ADHD at a very young age and help both the child and the parent or caregiver adequate training in managing this condition. With the help of Aurveda, diets and unique modern protocols we help the child to attain a very good night sleep.


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24/Aug/2022

What all parents need to know about Baby’s first smile!

Often new-born babies will smile in their sleep. Sometimes a smile in the early weeks of life is simply a sign that your little bundle is passing gas. But starting between 6 and 8 weeks of life, babies develop a “social smile” an intentional gesture of warmth meant just for you. This is an important milestone. This smile means that the baby is growing up and starting to adapt the human behaviour usually babies. This will increase as they start to understand that they can get the elder’s attention. This is one of the most important indicators that will show the advancement of the baby’s brain and will be a check whether the communication skills are in track.

In some cases, even if we try the babies wouldn’t give a grin or smile sometimes the babies take some time for developing the smile on their face. Encourage the baby by talking to them often (make sure you give her time to “respond”), making eye contact frequently, and smiling at her throughout the day. And don’t be afraid to get silly: Making funny faces or noises, imitating animal sounds and behaviours, blowing raspberries on your baby’s belly, or playing a game of peek-a-boo may push the baby’s smiley button on.

If the child is prematurely born, please do give a few extra weeks or a month. In general, the more premature the baby is the more time it takes to develop the brain. Your baby’s reflex smile will disappear by time she’s 2 months old, and her first real one will make an appearance somewhere between one-and-a-half to 3 months (or 6 and 12 weeks) of life. You can tell the difference between a reflex and real smile by the timing and duration. Generally, reflex smiles tend to be shorter and occur randomly, when the baby is sleeping or tired. Real smiles, on the other hand, occur in response to something, like seeing her mama’s face or hearing a sibling’s high-pitched voice, and they are consistent.

At first, your little guy’s happy face will be in response to a mix of vocal and visual stimulation. Therefore, he/she may light up from watching you sing a favourite lullaby or talk him through a particularly yucky diaper change. Later, when the vision improves, simply seeing the face of favourite people will be enough to make the baby crack a smile. You’ll be the recipient of most of your baby’s smiles, but they will also exchange grins with others (that is until stranger anxiety kicks in at around 6 months). As your baby gets more smiling practice and enjoyment from seeing people’s reactions they will start. By 5 months, your babe may surprise you with full-out belly laughs and squeals of excitement.

If your baby is not smiling within three months, then please do visit us at Jeevaniyam. Our doctors would check the babies physical health and the brain development through several in house assessment techniques and help the baby achieve their mental growth.


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18/Aug/2022

All you need to know about Behavioural Disorder in kids

Small kids can be naughty, rebellious, and hasty now and again, which is totally ordinary. Nonetheless, a few kids have very troublesome and testing ways of behaving that are outside the standard for their age, it very well may be an indication of a conduct issue or behavioural disorder. These problems can result from temporary stressors in the child’s life, or they might represent more enduring disorders.

The most common behavioural disorders are:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that causes difficulty focusing attention. It can also cause hyperactivity and impulsivity.
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), for instance, includes angry outbursts, typically directed at people in authority. Children with ODD display angry outbursts toward authority figures, such as parents, caregivers, or teachers.
  • Conduct Disorder (CD) tend to violate basic social rules and the rights of others. This can have a significant impact on someone’s academic, social, and home life. People with CD may also have difficulty feeling empathy or have another condition, such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder that affects their thoughts and behaviour.

 

Some of the main symptoms for the above include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and learning disorders.

Behavioural disorders in children can be improved by providing then with adequate training at a very young age like cognitive therapy which helps them to control their thoughts, anger management techniques which helps them to identify the signs of their growing frustrations, and social training which helps the individual to have a proper conversation with the people around them and some encouragement which will boost their morale and would try to improve on their social skills.

If your child is experiencing any of these behavioural disorders, it is important to get help from a professional as soon as possible, because these conditions can affect the quality of life to such a degree that they may lead to self-harm. At Jeevaniyam, our Paediatrician, Child psychologist, and Child psychiatrist help your child to manage their behaviours with early intervention and appropriate treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy, medication, parent management training and treatment for associated problems. With careful treatment, we can improve your child’s behaviour over time.


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13/Aug/2022

ADHD In Children: An Excessive Talking Child!

One of the most common symptoms for a kid with ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is excessive talking and often have trouble inhibiting and controlling their responses which would result in making humming, noises, movement, fidgeting, wiggling, getting into things, etc. They may blurt out whatever first comes to mind, whether appropriate or not, without thinking through how their words may be received.

 

There are several characteristics of ADHD that may lead to excessive talking

  • Hyperactivity:
    • Hyperactivity can be classified as physical and/or verbal overactivity, including talking excessively, interrupting others, monopolizing conversations, and not letting others talk.
  • Language pragmatics:
    • Talking too much is also related to language pragmatics or the social use of language. Language problems, including pragmatics, are common in nearly half of the children with ADHD.
  • Difficulty with social cues:
    • Many kids with ADHD have a hard time picking up on and reading social cues, which can make it difficult to take turns in conversations.
  • Self-control:
    • ADHD can interfere with a child’s self-control and ability to manage impulsive behaviour, like, blurting out comments at inappropriate times.
  • Poor listening skills:
    • Kids with ADHD have hard time carrying on a conversation because it’s difficult for them to pause, listen to other people, and make appropriate decisions about when to talk and stop talking. Again, they don’t always know how to focus on other people and take cues from them.
  • Difficulty to think before they speak:
    • Kids with ADHD don’t realize when it is or isn’t the appropriate time to talk; they blurt out the first thing that pops into their mind and monopolizes conversations because it’s hard for them to put their brain and their mouth on pause.

 

In general, kids with ADHD have a challenging time dealing with too much talking, humming, noises, movement, fidgeting, wiggling, getting into things, etc. At Jeevaniyam, our Psychologist, Speech and language pathologist and Occupational therapist help your child to deal with the issues related to excessive talking by training them with the basics of effective communication and channelling their energy effectively and thereby controlling their responses. We support your child to understand, practice and develop their social skills for a bright future.


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08/Aug/2022

Why Is Buttoning And Zipping So Important For Fine Motor Skills?

 

Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. Gross motor skills are the ability to make movements with whole body muscles and joints. Fine motor skills are very important for young children to achieve their daily tasks such as buttoning a shirt, tying shoe laces, grasping a pencil, using utensils, typing on a keyboard and much more. Fine motor skills can also help develop hand-eye coordination in young children.

Most children can get pants with elastic waists on themselves and pull a sweater or shirt over their heads, but the fine motor skills involved in zipping, snapping, and buttoning may be more challenging for young children. Buttons, zippers, snaps and buckles are all clothing fasteners that require finger dexterity and fine motor skills to open and close. The proximal muscles of the shoulder girdle and trunk function as a stabilizer when fastening clothing. Efficient control of the larger muscle groups in the neck, shoulder and trunk is necessary to maintain stability to place the fingers and hands in the proper position to button/unbutton, zip/unzip, snap and buckle. Young children need time to practice using their fine motor skills in everyday situations. Although it can be tempting for adults to jump in and finish buttoning or snapping shirts or pants or tying shoes because it is faster, it is important young children get the opportunity to finish these activities because it helps them work on developing their fine motor skills.

Using zippers is a complicated functional skill for kids. Managing two hands at the same time at the belly level, using one hand to hold down the zipper chamber and the zipper pull while the other hand is holding the end of the zipper and trying to thread it into the chamber it’s a huge motor planning process, requiring many essential skills.

It is important to remember that each child develops at his or her own pace, and that these are not set in stone, but it is often helpful to have a general idea of when these skills should be emerging. Below are the skills typically expected at the listed ages.

  • 18 – 24 Months:  Able to unzip a zipper with a large tab
  • 2-3 Years: Able to unzip and unsnap clothing while wearing it
  • 3-4 Years: Able to button and unbutton large buttons, unzip and zipper after it is “started”
  • 5-6 Years: Able to hooks and zip up a zipper while wearing the clothing

If zipping or buttoning is an ongoing challenge in your child’s life, seek professional assistance from Jeevaniyam.

At Jeevaniyam we provide Occupational Therapy to help your child achieve independence with fasteners. Our team of doctors and occupational therapist assess & improve the skills such as sensory processing skills, balance and bilateral coordination skills, visual-perceptual skills, eye-hand coordination skills, postural control & proper stability in the context of buttoning or zipping in order to design appropriately targeted treatment strategies.


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28/Jul/2022

Everything you need to know about a late talker!

A toddler between 1.5 years – 2.5 years who has good social skills, thinking skills, typically developing play skills, motor skills, and understanding of language, but has a limited spoken vocabulary for his or her age is usually referred to as a late talker. Usually most of the kids start talking from 9 months to 18 months. If you have a child that hasn’t spoken any words at that age, we want to look carefully at that child.

If your child has a Speech or Language Delay, there are a few signs to look for:

  • Incapable of communicating by the age of 2 years.
  • Inability to speak in short sentences before the age of 3 years.
  • Inability to follow instructions.
  • A lack of communication or word pronunciation.
  • Difficulty forming a sentence together.
  • Leaving out words from a sentence.

 

There are two types of late talkers:

  • Speech delay:

    Alludes to the words we say and how we say them. Kids with speech deferrals might battle to figure out words, and you might find them experiencing issues understanding what you are talking about.

  • Language Delay:

    Language alludes to the way we speak with others. Youngsters who are deferred in their language improvement might have the option to say a couple of words yet have a restricted jargon or can’t put multiple words together.

 

Speech or Language delays in children have many possible causes. Some common causes include the following:

  • Several Psychosocial Issues:

    These can cause language delays, as well. For example, severe neglect can lead to problems with language development.

  • Hearing Impairment: 

    It’s common for children who have a hearing impairment to have a language impairment as well. If they can’t hear language, learning to communicate can be difficult.

  • Intellectual Disability: 

    A variety of intellectual disabilities can cause language delays. For instance, dyslexia and other learning disabilities lead to language delays in some cases.

  • Autism:

    While not all children with autism have language delays, autism frequently affects communication.

 

Dealing with a late talker is a stressful experience for parents. A parent should start to raise concerns if you think your child may be a late talker, it’s never too early to seek help. Recognizing and treating speech and language delays early on is the best approach. At Jeevaniyam, we do early intervention using out tailor made assessment protocols and our speech-language pathologist listen to your concerns and will work with your child to improve speech and language skills.


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25/Jul/2022

Causes Of Memory Problems In Children With Learning Disorders

Learning disorder is a neurological condition that affects the brain’s ability to send, receive, and process information. A child with a learning disorder may have difficulties in reading, writing, speaking, listening, understanding mathematical concepts, and general comprehension.

There are at least two types of memory challenges called “working memory” and “long-term memory”, which might probably lead to difficulties in learning.

Working Memory: Challenges with “working memory” can lead to difficulties in learning. This is mainly because the individual may have less space in working memory for organizing and integrating new skills or knowledge.

Long Term Memory: “long-term memory” may affect factors like

  • What information is recalled?
  • The time it takes an individual to recall information.
  • Or one’s ability to remember things in the correct order or sequence.

As discussed above, challenges with working memory lead to difficulty in learning since the individual may have less space in working memory for organizing and integrating new skills or knowledge. Without a strong working memory, your child struggles to pay attention. They have difficulties organizing their time, planning activities, and taking steps to reach a goal. You may notice that they can’t follow instructions and they often don’t complete homework assignments or chores.

A child’s short-term memory loss is no different than an adult’s short-term memory loss. Numerous reasons lead to short-term memory loss in children. There are various conditions of short-term memory loss; some affect a child’s ability to memorize names, places, or remember an incident; some affect a child’s ability to articulate, and some affect a child’s ability to learn mathematics.

The main causes are:

  • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Medical and mental health disorders
  • Childhood trauma
  • Poor Working Memory
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dyslexia

Noticing a memory problem in your child can be incredibly unnerving. You may wonder if their memory lapses are normal for their developmental stage or if a glitch in their memory signals a more serious problem.

If you’re concerned about your child’s memory, Book an appointment at Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital. We specialize in determining the cause of memory problems with occupational therapy followed by behavioural therapy.

Our expert team includes speech therapists, paediatricians, physiotherapists, and child psychologists who can help you and your child to overcome the challenges of their memory.


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