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25/Sep/2017

 

If your child does not respond to their name by 12 months of age or if your child does not point at objects to show the need or if the child avoids eye contact and wants to be alone, you have reason to suspect a case of childhood autism. But don’t worry, Jeevaniyam can help your child lead a perfectly normal life
Autism is a neuro developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted and repetitive behaviorism. Parents usually note signs in the first 2 years of their child’s life.

The main goals while treating children with autism are to lessen associative deficits and family distress and to increase the quality of life and functional independencies. No single medication is best and the treatment is typically tailored to the child’s needs. Treatment modalities include education, medication and alternative medicine. Among these, the role of Yoga in the treatment of autism cannot be denied and it gains much more popularity in the present world. In recent years, yoga has become a topic of interest as an intervention and supplementary support for children with autism.

How the Child Benefits

Yoga being a group of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines is a backup therapy for anxiety and stress, a refresher to start your day. Using exercises, breathing techniques, and meditation, Yoga improves the health and happiness of anyone who practices it. Yoga is growing in popularity in our society these days as a complementary therapy for children with special needs and autism, with the rising number of schools and parents participating in innovative yoga programs that are cropping up around the country. Children with autism and special needs learn coping strategies through the art of yoga which enables them calmer, happier and healthier lives. Yoga in addition to the benefits typically associated -improved strength and flexibility, and an increasing sense of peace- autistic children also experience a relaxation of pain, anxiety, aggression, obsessive behaviour, and self-stimulatory activities. The children are also having greater success making new friends and regulating emotions. Teaching children specific breathing strategies and yoga poses to support them in activating the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for rest, relaxation and digestion support them in reducing anxiety, releasing difficult emotions and tension in the body, developing healthier sleep patterns, improving digestion and optimal functioning in the body and improving mood and behaviour.
Jeevaniyam tries to culminate all the benefits of yoga for the betterment of autistic children and also to support them. We often highlight the importance of visualization predictive, which uses over 50 cue cards to help children visualize the pose they are supposed to take. Through this visualization, they are able to successfully intimate and model physical autism and postures they would not have been able to previously. We also take into consideration those kids who don’t talk and does not have a language. They can obviously look at the cue card and respond so. Some children also have trouble engaging, even if they can achieve fluid sentences and can perform motor planning. Jeevaniyam with its core team works day in and out to help each and every kid who approaches Jeevaniyam for help and his/her recovery.

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A Proven Track Record

 

Realizing that yoga reduces irritability, lethargy, social withdrawal, hyperactivity and non-compliance in children with autism spectrum disorder and that incorporating the program into school days maximize academic engagement and optimize classroom time, Jeevaniyam takes initiative in conducting an outdoor session in both normal and special schools, to make them aware of the importance of Yoga and help the children who need help. These outdoor sessions have proved to help thousands of kids to improve themselves, to be well versed in the Yoga procedures making them fit and healthy for a better tomorrow.
One of our main strategies is to conduct small, working, hands-on sessions called therapeutic sensory yoga:-

 

Therapeutic Sensory Yoga

This 1-hour class will focus on yoga, breathing strategies and mindfulness activities that support children with increased body awareness, sensory processing, fine/gross motor development, self-regulation and social skills. The session explores the 5 senses through yoga poses and breathing strategies including the 2 hidden senses – proprioceptive and vestibular senses. We give training also to learn strategies to support self-regulation!

Jeevaniyam tries its level best to provide the kids what they want and to make them happy forever!


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11/Jul/2017

Mental retardation (MR) is a generalized condition that refers to any disorder or peculiarly in the development of the neural system that may result in significant issues in the intellectual and adaptive functioning of a person. Mental retardation is confirmed in children based on their IQ scores. An IQ score below 50 with 2 or more adaptive behaviour disorders is considered to be a case of mental retardation. The below-average intelligence and lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living make them different from the so-called normal children.

It is not the end of the world as people affected by this condition can and do learn new skills, at their own pace. There are varying degrees, from mild to profound. MR is thought to affect about 1% of the population of the world, of which 85% have a mild intellectual disability.

Signs of Mental Retardation

These common symptoms will be shown by the children during their infancy itself or maybe during pre-schooling days. This totally depends on the intensity of the condition.

1. Late walking, late talking, sometimes in combination with tongue-tie.

2. Slow to master skills.

3. Difficulty with problem-solving or logical thinking.

4. Difficulty in remembering.

5. Behavioural problems.

6. In severe cases, seizures, mood disorders (anxiety, autism, etc.), motor skills impairment, vision problems, or hearing problems.

If the symptoms persist, the child should undergo a comprehensive physical examination and an examination of medical history should be done immediately to discover any organic cause of symptoms.

Causes of Mental Retardation

In about 35 percent of cases, the cause of mental retardation cannot be found. If retardation is caused by chromosomal or other genetic disorders, it is often apparent from infancy. Childhood illnesses or injuries can make learning and adapt of skills difficult or impossible. Other biological factors may include:-

1. Genetics

Heredity does play an important role in the mental stability and proper mental health of a child. For example, Down’s syndrome is due to trisomy condition of the 21st chromosome, Klinefelter syndrome due to XXY condition, an extra copy of X chromosome, Turner’s syndrome due to X condition, and a single-sex chromosome.

2. Prenatal illnesses

Whatever affects the mom, affects the baby during the prenatal period. If a mom suffers from the illness, it seriously affects the physical and mental health of the baby. Mental retardation can be caused due to excess alcohol intake, excessive smoking, and drug abuse by the mother while carrying. Maternal infections and illnesses such as glandular disorders, rubella, toxoplasmosis, and cytomegalovirus infection may cause mental retardation. High blood pressure or blood poisoning in the mother can cause brain damage and mental retardation.

3. Childhood illnesses and injuries

Hyperthyroidism, whooping cough, chickenpox, measles, meningitis, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) etc. may cause mental retardation if they are not treated adequately. Traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or a violent shake to the head may also cause brain damage and mental retardation in children.

Treatment and Care for an intellectually disabled child

Basically, mental retardation should be handled with ultimate care and patience. They will require appropriate, individualized education and skills training other than the “normal” kids. Social programs and extracurricular activities help retarded children and adolescents gain self-esteem. A supportive, warm home environment is essential to help the mentally retarded reach their full potential.

Apart from these, one of the very promising scientific treatments is stem cell therapy. Stem cells are primitive cells that are capable of forming diverse types of tissues. This treatment has the potential to repair the damaged neural tissue at the molecular, structural and functional levels. Before this therapy, brain damage during birth was irreversible. The causes could be genetic or otherwise. However, SCT helps repair damaged cells and, with the help of other rehabilitation treatments, it improves the quality of life of such patients.

What if you have an intellectually disabled child?

  • Research everything you can about intellectual disabilities. The more you know, the better advocate you can be for your child.

  • Encourage your child’s independence. Let him try new things and do encourage by that.

  • Get your child involved in group activities.

  • Get to know other parents of intellectually disabled children. They can be a great source of advice and emotional support.

Differently-Abled and Not Mentally Retarded

Children with mental retardation or intellectual disability should not be considered weak or disabled. He/she should be given the same respect that all other citizens are given in our society. They should not be blamed for what they are. They are fit and expert in their own fields of work which makes them special and differently-abled. Along with the parents and family that support them, the whole society should provide the space for them in order to make them comfortable and cosy even in bitter situations. Intellectual disability or mental retardation is not an isolated fantasy to be stared upon with exclamation, but a reality to be faced with patience, care and love.


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23/Mar/2017

Autism is not a disability, it is a different ability”- Stuart Duncan.

Autism is a condition characterised by weakened social and communication skills, repetitive behaviours and unique strengths and weaknesses. Medically termed autism spectrum disorder, it is caused due to neural disorders. The psychiatric nature of the issues makes autistic children different from the normal ones in social behaviour and cognitive ability.

Autism is prevalent in the world today with 1 in every 60 people being differently blessed. It is mostly detected in children between the age of 2 and 3 years, though in some cases they are detected as early as by 18 months. Studies have shown that boys have five times more probability to be autistic than girls. Early intervention can help these children deal with today’s hectic world more easily.

My Child, My Pride is an initiative launched for autistic children to increase their self-reliance in dealing with everyday life. The program is launched with the aim of educating the parents of autistic children, to mentor the children into being self-dependent. With a motto ‘No expert doctors than parents for autistic children, the initiative consists of training programs by specialists in paediatric and psychiatric health from Kottakal Ayurveda College.

Highlights of My Child, My Pride initiative

  • Awareness regarding various treatment measures and their benefits.
  • Yoga for children and parents to contribute to the wellness of body and mind.
  • Instruction booklets containing detailed information to deal with autism.
  • Do’s and Don’ts to be practised by the children and parents.
  • Measures to reduce the stress of parents.

The details of the third phase of the My Child, My Pride initiative to be held at Ernakulam are as follows: –

  • Date –25th and 26th March 2017
  • Venue – Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital

    Pallathu Road, Thammanam, Ernakulam

Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre cater to the needs of special children with efficient ayurvedic treatment regimens and training programs.


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11/Jan/2017

 

Since Autism is a lifelong condition early intervention might benefit autistic children and their family members. Many special kids are taught to cope up with their condition. They need both physical and mental assistance throughout their lives. The following lifestyle changes may help the autistic child to help both in school and socio-environmental.

Deploy behavioural technique

Working with a behavioural therapist and their guidelines will help you and your child. This technique involves rewarding the desired behaviour and the therapist put attention to enhancing those. Many studies proved that such kind techniques and treatment methods improved social, language and behavioural skills among the autism children.

Schedule the routine Mealtime

Autistic child as we said they are more sensitive to the crowded kitchen with a bright light which may induce their stress. Serving meals to the kids at the same time will help to reduce the stress. If the child is found to be light-sensitive, dim the lights. Allow them to pick their favourite food and place for eating.

Joining support groups

Support groups might be helpful to talk or listen to people who are going through the same problem. It could be a huge source of information about what services are available in your area and the provider details.

Be careful about unusual sensitivities

No one can know that what an autistic person receives from the senses exactly. They can feel a hug as an assault, whispers as roars, and clothes like sandpaper. New rules are adopted in the case of an autistic child.

Avoid distractions

The child may not be able to bear the surprise or shock and altered things from the place will upset the autistic children effectively.

Task organization

Even simple tasks must be broken down into small parts to ease their activities which may help to keep the child on track. Visual activity schedules will help them to increase their perception levels.

Pay attention to nonverbal cues

If you are a clean observer, you might pick on the nonverbal cues that autistic children use to communicate. One shall pay attention to the sounds they make, facial expressions, gestures, tired.

Create a home as a safety zone

Keep a creative and attractive room for the child to relax, feel secure. The parents need to safeguard the house and kid’s room, particularly if the child is with tantrums or self-injury behaviour.

Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Center, Kerala offers a high-profile Treatment for Autistic Children. Dr Reshmi Pramod, an experienced professional in treating autistic children and her team members teach the lifestyle management for autism not only to the kids but also to parents.


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25/Nov/2016

 

Autism

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that involves biological, family and social & interventions. Most autistic special kids are suffering from sleep disorder problems, dysbiosis, ileocolitis (inflammation in the small intestinal end and in the colon), leaky gut syndrome (cramps, gastric problem, bloating, and pain) and abnormal stool formation.

Gut-Brain Axis Theory:

The gut is referred to as the second brain. The endocrine and nervous system’s communication is termed as the Gut-Brain Axis or brain-Gut axis and it is involved in many regular functions and systems within the hale & healthy body and also in diseases. Around 85% of autistic children do have Gut (GI)  gastric problems. Acetylcholine, serotonin, and dopamine are the neurotransmitters in the Central Nervous System where 90% of the serotonin presents in the gut, 50% of dopamine and dual function of such neurotransmitters is an active episode of Gut-Brain research. Researches’ have found that the gram-positive bacteria “Clostridium” is in elevated levels in autistic children stool and the normal children stool do not contain that bacteria.

Pain and discomfort due to GI issues promptly make the behavioural changes in autistic kids such as outbursting, banging on the head, making self-injury. The case study reveals by regulating digestive activities such as absorption and assimilation make remarkable changes that are noted in their behaviour and once the discomfort settles down the kids are back to normal. In Ayurveda, the gut problem is treated promptly and the Gut-Brain theory is highly significant in the management of gut discomforts among the special kids.

Gut-Brain axis theory is correlated with gut-mind-skin-cranial and cardiovascular function in Ayurveda because of Rasadhatu (The basic nutritive element highly influences the mind, heart, skin and cranial functions). Even though anatomical constituent of the brain is attributed to majjadhatu, the higher mental function is attributed to Rasadhatu.

How Ayurvedic treatment settles Gut Problems?

Ayurvedic external treatments like Oleation (Snehana), powder massage regulates Rasadhatu and corrects the mental functions. Customized diet, Yoga, treatment on the skin shows remarkable changes in the behavioral disorders of autistic kids. Correcting gut problems help to alleviate the rash behavior, spontaneous cry, and crankiness. Ayurvedic treatments help the special kids to lead their routine lifestyle without such a critical gut problem

Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Center, Kerala provides best Ayurvedic treatment for autistic children with Gut problem to re-make them normal. Know more about Autism FAQS


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16/Nov/2016

The term “special needs” specify the individual program plan for the special kids which entirely differs from the normal educational plan.

AAC (Augmentative and alternative communication App) AVAZ for Autism (Augmentative Picture Communication Software for Children with Special Needs) has been developed especially for children who have speaking difficulties. Every voice is heard as such the software is developed. This full-featured app helps immensely to the therapist, educators, and caretakers to explore the maximum potential of the children. This App received many awards internationally.

 

Avaz was developed based on the needs by interacting with 25 special schools and 500 children. It helps autistic children to attain the most effective communication. Aspergers, Apraxia, Down syndrome and other non-verbal conditioned children are very much benefited by Avaz. The interface of this app is mainly designed for effective speech therapy to develop children language and inducing intention of communication.

Avaz’s picture symbols and high-quality voice synthesis makes the kids creating messages. The vocabularies are designed to prepare the children for spontaneous utterances. Avaz main feature is easy to customize and it contains seven high-quality Ivona voices where the own voice can be recorded.

Avaz has plenty of main features and some of them are:
  •  Exploring vocabulary with instant search
  •  Help screen on all pages
  •  Integrated text and keyboard mode
  •  Messages can be shared using Twitter, Facebook, and email
  •  Graded vocabulary on research-based
  •  Children progress is analyzed with Avaz analytics
  •  Usage of symbols and images
  •  No active internet connection (Wi-Fi or 3G) required
  •  When vocabulary is printed as a book, the child can do access his AAC device even without an iPad.
  •  Detailed support videos and tutorials

Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre, Kerala treats special kids with autism, learning disability, and cerebral palsy. Our Ayurveda treatments are prescribed by scrutiny every child carefully and provided them based on their needs for development.


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27/Aug/2016

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects movement, music tone and the ability to move in a purposeful and coordinated way. It is caused by damage in the brain which happens during or before the baby’s birth or during the first 3 to 5 years of the life of a child. Cerebral palsy can’t be cured. But don’t lose hope, there are Ayurveda Treatments for Cerebral Palsy available for the better and improved life of the affected kids which does not have any side effects.

Causes of Cerebral Palsy:

  • Severe jaundice in the infant
  • Infections during pregnancy
  • The metabolic and physical trauma of being born

Spastic, athetoid and ataxic are the different types of Cerebral Palsy. Even simple movements are difficult since cerebral palsy affects muscle coordination and control.

  • Spastic Cerebral Palsy: It causes stiffness difficulties while moving.
  • Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: It leads to uncontrolled and involuntary movements.
  • Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: It causes a problem with depth and perception.

Epilepsy, leaking of urine, difficulty in raising the foot, speech disorder, stiffness, failure to thrive, abnormality in walking, low birth weight, problems with coordination and muscle weakness are the Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy.

If you figure out any of these symptoms, instead of getting depressed. Visit Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Center, Special School for Cerebral Palsy. We help you to sort out these issues through Ayurveda Therapies for Cerebral Palsy in Kerala.

Ayurveda treatment increases the functioning to a great extent for the affected individual rather than curing it. Ayurveda treatments include Music Therapy for Cerebral Palsy.

We offer the best Alternative Therapies for Cerebral Palsy.


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27/Aug/2016

Ayurveda is one of the oldest medical treatments which is originated 3000 year ago in india. It has treatment for almost all disorders including autism without any side effects. As everyone knows autism is a developmental disorder which damage the ability to interact and communicate. Problems with understanding, verbal communication and using language, difficulty with facial expressions and gestures, inability to relate to people or surroundings and damage social interaction, preoccupation with unusual objects, difficulty in coping with change in familiar surroundings or routines are some symptoms of autism. When the western medicines fails to be effective against autism, Ayurveda has come to the rescue and it is increasingly being used for treating autistic symptoms. Ayurvedic practices is very effective in supporting autistic patients in becoming functional in managing different symptoms of this autism.

Diagnosing at the early stage and treating it improves the life of the affected kids. In ayurveda, problems with the brain is rectified and also assess the severity of autism. Later starting the treatments.

Ayurveda vs Western Medicines in autism

Western medicines are focused on treating symptoms of disease with drugs. Once drugs has stopped, the symptoms returns. Here, antipsychotic drugs are given to people with autism. But It has many side effects which include feeling stiff in your muscles, feeling restless, increased blood sugar, weight gain, increased cholesterol and dry mouth. Here comes the benefits of ayurveda. It has no side effects. And the main intention is to remove the underlying causes of disease. Once causes are removed, the disease stops. In the case of autism, it can’t be cured, But it can be controlled through ayurveda in effective way and help the kids with autism to live like other kids. Ayurveda Therapies which include oil therapy and Herbal Medicines are the treatments available for autism in ayurveda.

Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Center, the Best Ayurveda Hospital in Kerala providesAutism Treatment through Ayurveda. We help in assisting special kids in every aspects of their life is truly based on sound understanding and evaluation of their biological and psychological condition.

 

Grabbing the Best Treatment for Autism is your rights. Make use of it by walking into jeevaniyam !!

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Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre is one of the leading Ayurveda hospitals in Kerala. We are specialised in the complete care and treatment of special children and children with developmental disorders. Located in the heart of the city of Cochin, we are easy to reach with your child whenever needed. We do not simply give treatment and medicines but use a holistic approach to get maximum results. We use authentic Ayurveda treatments along with world-class integrated therapies for the best outcome in a special child’s life.

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