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06/Feb/2023

Autism and Creativity

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s social communication and interaction skills, as well as their behaviors, interests, and activities. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that it affects individuals differently, with varying levels of severity and different combinations of symptoms.

People with ASD may have difficulty with nonverbal communication such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language, and may struggle to understand social cues and norms. They may also have repetitive behaviors or routines, fixations on specific interests or objects, and difficulty with transitions or changes in routine.

ASD can be diagnosed in children as young as 2 years old, but it can also be diagnosed later in life. While there is no known cure for ASD, early intervention and support can greatly improve outcomes for individuals with the disorder. This may include therapies such as applied behavior analysis, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, as well as medication to manage certain symptoms.

Despite the challenges that come with ASD, many individuals with the disorder are able to lead fulfilling lives and make significant contributions to society. With greater awareness and understanding of ASD, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and accepting world for individuals with the disorder.

While autism can present significant challenges for individuals and their families, some research suggests that certain traits associated with autism may also have benefits.

  • Attention to Detail: People with autism often have heightened attention to detail, which may help them excel in areas such as art, music, and mathematics. They may be able to notice patterns and details that others might miss and can be very precise in their work.
  • Visual-spatial Skills: People with autism may have strong visual-spatial skills, which can be beneficial in fields such as art, design, and architecture. They may have a keen ability to notice patterns, colours, and shapes, which can be helpful in creating art or designing structures.
  • Memory: People with autism may have a good memory, especially for specific information. They may be able to recall facts and figures with accuracy, which can be beneficial in fields such as history, science, or mathematics.
  • Honesty and Integrity: People with autism may have difficulty understanding social cues, which can make them appear less interested in social interactions. However, they may be more honest and straightforward in their communication, which can be beneficial in fields such as business and politics.
  • Strong Interests: Some people with autism may have very specific and intense interests, which they may pursue with great focus and passion. This can lead to a great depth of knowledge and expertise in a particular field.

However, it’s important to note that not all children with autism have enhanced creativity and some may have difficulty with creative activities. Creativity is a multifaceted trait, and it is influenced by many factors such as genetics, environment, and experiences. Children with autism may face challenges with social interactions and communication, which may affect their ability to participate in group activities and to express their ideas. It’s also important to recognize that every child with autism is unique, and their abilities and talents will vary.

Some children with autism may need additional support and accommodations to reach their full potential in creative activities. For example, some children may benefit from visual aids or other forms of communication to express their ideas. Additionally, providing opportunities for children with autism to explore and develop their interests and talents can help to foster their creativity.

At Jeevaniyam, we help parents to identify autism in a child in a very early stage and our doctors and specialist will help the child to identify their talent and train them to improve their skillset so that they can have a quality life.


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21/Jan/2023

Triggers in Autism Childrens

 ASD is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. The exact causes of autism in children are not known, but research suggests that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may play a role.

Some studies have identified genetic mutations that may increase the risk of ASD, while others have found links between certain environmental exposures, such as maternal infection during pregnancy, and the development of autism. However, more research is needed to fully understand the underlying causes of autism.

The signs and symptoms of autism in children can vary widely, but some common ones include:

  • Difficulty with social interaction and communication, such as lack of eye contact, delayed speech development, and difficulty understanding social cues or initiating interactions with others.
  • Repetitive behaviours or interests, such as repetitive movements, repetitive speech, or intense interest in a specific topic.
  • Difficulty with flexibility and change, such as difficulty adapting to new situations or routines.
  • Sensory processing issues, such as sensitivity to light, sound, or touch. It’s important to note that autism can present differently in every individual and the severity of symptoms can also vary.

There are certain common triggers for children that elevate and disturb the mind. A few reasons that the parents or caregivers should take care as follows:

  • Sensory overload. Children with autism can be sensitive to sensory stimulation. In a setting or situation—such as a store or a crowded event—all of the noises, colors, lights, and activity around them become too stressful. They might feel overwhelmed and panic.
  • Difficulty communicating. For a nonverbal child or one with limited verbal skills, the frustration of not being able to communicate can set off anger or a meltdown.
  • Information overload. Too much information coming in too fast or from many different directions can be overwhelming. Children with autism often have delayed information processing and need more time to process each piece of information.
  • Changes in routine. The need for predictability is high for children with autism. Sudden changes can create panic, stress, and meltdowns.
  • Changes in sleep routine. Many children with autism face difficulty with sleep. This creates stressful situations to child and their family
  • Changes in diet. Children with ASD exhibit refusal of certain foods. children with autism have significantly more feeding problems and eat a significantly narrower range of foods than children without autistic.

This list is certainly not exhaustive, and the risk of these behaviours can increase when—as with any child—an autistic child is overly tired, hungry, or stressed out from another situation.

The more parents and other caregivers can become aware of a child’s triggers and the information they reveal about the child’s needs, the more they can try to minimize stressors and help the child cope. It can be a long road to reach that point.

By understanding and addressing triggers in children with autism, we can significantly improve their quality of life and well-being. Through a combination of awareness, education, and implementing effective strategies,

Triggers play a significant role in the lives of children with (ASD), impacting their sensory experiences and emotional well-being. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of triggers in autism and delve into common triggers that can lead to overstimulation and distress.

By gaining a deeper understanding of these triggers, we can effectively support children with autism and create an environment that promotes their overall well-being

we can create a supportive environment that minimizes triggers and fosters the optimal development of children with autism. Let us work together to empower and advocate for children on the autism spectrum, helping them navigate their unique sensory experiences with confidence and resilience.

At Jeevaniyam our team of doctors and therapist manage these by mainly focusing on removing imbalanced doshas from the body with the help of ayurvedic therapies like nasya, shirodhara, shodhan procedures, etc.

 

 


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11/Jan/2023

What is an ADHD Diet?

Having a healthy, balanced diet is important to have a happy and healthy life. A healthy diet can provide an effective complementary approach to alleviating some symptoms of ADHD. Ideally, your eating habits would help the brain work better and lessen symptoms, such as restlessness or lack of focus. The link between diet & autism has long been investigated, with some parents of autistic children firmly believing that the symptoms were alleviated by a certain diet.

But what’s the truth? Are there actually any objective measures to support the claim?

Nutrition is a tough topic when it comes to autism. There are so many different diets, protocols and recommendations that often leave parents or autistic adults feeling overwhelmed. Children with autism may limit their food intake or have food preferences. Many children with autism also have gastrointestinal symptoms like constipation, diarrhea or abdominal pain. As a result, children with autism are sometimes low in certain nutrients. Some of these nutrients have been studied to see if giving children supplements of these nutrients may help with autism symptoms. However, more research is needed. Before giving your child any supplements, speak with your child’s dietitian or health care provider first.

The following food elements can be avoided:

  • Dairy: When casein (one of the proteins in dairy) mixes with stomach acid, it produces something called an exorphin. Exorphins bind to the opioid receptor sites and can result in a myriad of troubles – brain fog, spaciness, inability to concentrate, and a numbness to pain.
  • Gluten: A mixture of proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye, gluten can increase inflammation when ingested. In fact, your body can create antibodies to gluten which can fire up, or inflame, your brain.
  • Corn: There is simply nothing truly beneficial and many potentially harmful things that can come from eating corn.
  • Sugar: Avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates and increasing lean protein can dramatically improve concentration and judgment, and decrease impulsiveness.
  • Artificial Ingredients: Avoid all additives, preservatives, dyes and artificial colours, artificial flavourings, and artificial sweeteners.

Food Items to consider

  • Milk Substitutes: Be sure the container states the product is casein-free, not just dairy-free.
  • Gluten-free Bread: These breads are made from rice or tapioca flour. The taste and texture are different from regular bread.
  • Cheese Substitutes: Check the ingredient list before purchasing any alternative cheese, as some brands that are labelled “dairy-free” may still contain the casein protein.
  • Meat: Pre-packaged or frozen meat may contain spices that are not gluten-free, so it’s important to check the list of ingredients.
  • Produce: Fresh fruit and vegetables are usually safe choices for gluten/casein-free foods.

At Jeevaniyam, with the help of the expert team of doctors, therapists and dietitians we find out the symptoms of ADHD at a very young age and help them achieve a social smile by integrating Ayurvedic protocols and dietary intervention in a scientific way.

 


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08/Oct/2022

Behavioural Therapy For ADHD Kids

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be difficult to diagnose in children and adolescents because symptoms can vary greatly from one child to another. Behavioural therapy is a treatment that addresses behaviours and emotions that cause problems with concentration, organization, time management, self-control, and cooperation. This is also one of the most widely seen neurodevelopmental problems of children while growing up. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. One of the major treatment techniques used for controlling ADHD is behavioural therapy. Behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that can improve a child’s behaviour, self-control, and self-esteem.

Behavioural Therapy an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat ADHD. This will benefit your child by limiting their destructive behaviour, strengthen their good behaviour and most importantly enable the child to express their feelings in a peaceful manner. Behavioural therapy is used to treat the following symptoms like:

  • Eating Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social phobias
  • Self-harming behaviour

The four most common treatments for ADHD under behavioural therapy are:

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA): This is a form of therapy where the child’s environment is changed to help them learn how to behave in a more normal manner. It involves using rewards and punishment to encourage or discourage certain behaviours.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This is based on the theory that many of the problems experienced by people with ADHD stem from their thoughts, feelings, and actions. CBT focuses on helping the individual understand their own behaviour as well as why it may be inappropriate.

Cognitive behavioral play therapy: This type of therapy uses play to help children learn about certain situations and challenges they might face in life. The therapist helps children think about how they would react if they were faced with these challenges and then works with them on how best to handle them.

Exposure therapy: This type of therapy involves exposing the individual to something that scares them so that they can become desensitized to it over time. In this way, the person will eventually stop responding so strongly when faced with similar situations in the future

At Jeevaniyam, we have an integrated approach, which comprises of ayurvedic therapies and behavioural therapies by doctors and professionals, as ADHD is a serious mental health disorder that can make it difficult for some people to work, study and get along with others. Behavioral therapy can help people with ADHD manage their symptoms, so they are less disruptive and more manageable.


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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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02/Jul/2022

The Role Of Parents & Teachers Towards ADHD Students

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another.

However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviours. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. The teachers and parents play a major role in shaping the lives of the child. The teachers should be dutiful and willing to uplift the child. The parents should undertake special responsibility to teach the child. Thus, ensuring that ADHD students can study and be on par with the other students.

The main signs of children with ADHD are
  • Demanding attention by talking out of turn or moving around the room.
  • Having trouble following instructions, especially when they’re presented in a list, and with operations that require ordered steps, such as long division or solving equations.
  • Often forgetting to write down homework assignments, complete them, or bring completed work to school.
  • Often lack fine motor control, which makes note-taking difficult and handwriting a trial to read.
  • Having problems with long-term projects where there is no direct supervision.
  • Not to pull their weight during group work and may even keep a group from accomplishing its task.

Parents should be extremely cooperative towards their teachers. They should regularly check their notebook and complete the notes if, the child has not completed them in class.

The teachers cannot prepare notes separately for the students, so the parents should undertake this responsibility. The ADHD kid is usually not intellectually disabled and hence can learn like the other kids if they are given special attention.

Parents must accept the fact that children with ADHD have functionally different brains from those of other children. While children with ADHD can still learn what is acceptable and what isn’t, their disorder does make them more prone to impulsive behaviour.

The teachers play a special role in evaluating the needs of the children. They should access their strengths and weaknesses and undertake a step accordingly. The teachers can help the students to stay focused and learn to their full capabilities.

The teacher should always think positively and should not deny helping such students. Some teachers simply use such statements ‘We are always pestering the kid to write notes, but the child is not writing’. But such kids may be very smart but due to the teacher’s discouragement, the child may not develop fully to their potential.

At Jeevaniyam, with the help of our professionals, we detect ADHD at a very young age in children and help them overcome it with a combination of our ayurvedic protocols and two basic principles of behaviour management therapy. The first is encouraging and rewarding good behaviour (positive reinforcement). The second is removing rewards by following bad behaviour with appropriate consequences, leading to the extinguishing of bad behaviour (punishment, in behaviourist terms).

You teach your child to understand that actions have consequences by establishing rules and clear outcomes for following or disobeying these rules. These principles must be followed in every area of a child’s life. That means at home, in the classroom, and in the social arena.


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27/Apr/2022

Effective Ways to Handle Hyperactive Children

Children of all ages typically have a lot of energy; nevertheless, hyperactive children are those who are restless and have trouble listening, receiving commands, or following instructions or directions. If you have a hyperactive child, then managing them can be challenging and stressful at times. Even though a hyperactive child may look unsteady, with endless energy and a propensity for hopping from one activity to the next, restoring order to their life is not difficult. Patience can be considered a major attribute in parents while dealing with these children.

The first step of a parent is to correctly identify whether the child is hyperactive or not. The best way to identify this is by checking whether the child is having reckless behaviour and too much activity that stems from receiving a lack of sufficient attention. Such kids are prone to never get tired, can’t focus or have short attention spans in general. Hyperactivity in children results in poor academic performance, lack of socialization and in severe cases even complete withdrawal from participating in group activities, which in turn can lead to depression, frustration, and poor self-esteem.

Many parents prefer to maintain a loose and relaxed household without an overabundance of rules. This laid-back parenting style works well for many children. Hyperactive children, however, tend to have trouble in unclear environments. Hyperactivity is caused by a psychological disorder known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This is a problem with brain chemistry that affects the brain’s ability to pass information between brain cells. Therefore, it is not simply a matter of getting the child to see reason. Living within the constraints of daily life will be a struggle for him, so focus on the issues that truly matter and let other areas slide.

We, at Jeevaniyam advise parents with the following tips:

  • Break Down Complex Instructions
  • Minimize Distractions
  • Utilize Positive Reinforcement like praise and rewards for completing tasks
  • Help the Child Create a To-Do List
  • Give a chance for the child to run around and simply play in an unstructured setting
  • Be educated on your child’s disorder
  • Try and calm your child down
  • Play Games
  • Change Diet

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16/Apr/2022

What you need to know about ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that can cause unusual levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours. This is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

The most common symptoms that are usually found in such cases are:

  • Disorganization and problems prioritizing.
  • Poor time management skills.
  • Problems focusing on a task.
  • Trouble multitasking.
  • Excessive activity or restlessness.
  • Poor planning.
  • Low frustration tolerance.

It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviours. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. A child with ADHD might:

  • Daydream a lot
  • Forget or lose things a lot
  • Squirm or fidget
  • Talk too much
  • Make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks
  • Have a hard time resisting temptation
  • Have trouble taking turns
  • Have difficulty getting along with others

It is s believed to have neurological origins. Genetics may also play a role. Findings indicate that people with ADHD have less Gray Matter volume. Gray matter includes the brain areas that help with:

  • Speech
  • Self-control
  • Decision making
  • Muscle control

At Jeevaniyam, ADHD is best treated with a combination of behaviour therapy and Ayurvedic medication. For preschool-aged children (4-5 years of age) with ADHD, behaviour therapy, particularly training for parents, is recommended as the first line of treatment before medication is tried. What works best can depend on the child and family. Good treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups, and making changes, if needed, along the way.


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