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16/Feb/2023

Global Developmental Delay (GDD) is a term used to describe a child who is significantly behind in their overall development compared to typically developing children of the same age. This can include delays in physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional development.

The causes of GDD can vary and can be due to a combination of genetic, environmental, and medical factors. Some common causes of GDD include genetic conditions such as Down syndrome, brain damage, exposure to toxins, and severe malnutrition.

Speech delay is a common symptom in Global Developmental Delay (GDD), a condition in which an individual experiences a significant lag in multiple areas of development, including speech and language, motor skills, and cognitive abilities. Speech and language development are critical components of overall development in children and are especially important for those with GDD. Here are some reasons why speech and language development is crucial for children with GDD:

  • Communication: Speech and language are key forms of communication and are essential for children to express their needs, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Cognitive Development: Speech and language development are closely linked to cognitive development and can support children in developing their thinking, problem-solving, and memory skills.
  • Social Interaction: Speech and language development play a critical role in enabling children to form social relationships and engage in social activities, helping them to build relationships and connect with others.
  • Academic Success: Effective speech and language skills are important for academic success, as they are essential for reading, writing, and understanding classroom instructions.
  • Improved Self-Esteem: Children who can effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings have improved self-esteem and confidence, which can positively impact their overall well-being.

At Jeevaniyam, we provide early intervention and support which are crucial for children with GDD to help them develop their speech and language skills. With the right support and our resources, children with GDD can develop the skills they need to communicate effectively, participate in social activities, and reach their full potential.


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06/Feb/2023

Autism and Creativity

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social interaction, communication, and behaviour. Children on the autism spectrum may have difficulty understanding social cues, may be less interested in social interactions and may have repetitive behaviours and narrow interests. Creativity is the ability to come up with original and valuable ideas. There is a belief that children with autism may have a different way of thinking and processing information, which might enhance their creative abilities. Research on autism and creativity in children is limited, but some studies suggest that children with autism may have unique strengths that contribute to their creativity.

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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02/Feb/2023

Global developmental delay (GDD) is a term used to describe a child who is significantly behind in their overall development compared to their peers. Children with GDD may have delays in multiple areas of development, such as cognitive, motor, and language skills. GDD is generally diagnosed when a child has not reached certain developmental milestones by a certain age. The exact cause of GDD can vary and may be due to genetic or environmental factors. Additionally, it can be caused by a combination of different factors, such as prematurity, birth defects, or exposure to toxins.

Children with GDD may also have difficulty with self-care tasks such as dressing, eating, and toileting. They may be delayed in reaching developmental milestones, such as sitting up, crawling, or walking. They may also have difficulty with social interactions, such as making eye contact, responding to their name, or understanding simple instructions. Children may also experience delays in multiple areas of development, such as cognitive, motor, and language skills. This can affect their ability to learn, communicate, and participate in everyday activities.

GDD can also have a significant impact on a child’s family and caregivers. Parents may face additional challenges in caring for a child with GDD, such as arranging for therapy and other interventions and may experience increased stress and emotional strain.

At Jeevaniyam, we handle this with a multi phased plan. Our doctors and therapist will give parents and caregivers adequate training for effectively handling the child. We also use a 3 step process guide along with interventions and support to monitor the improvement of the child.

  1. Identification: The first step in addressing global developmental delay in children is to accurately identify the condition. This typically involves a thorough evaluation by a paediatrician or other specialist, including cognitive, motor, and language development assessments.
  2. Interventions: Once a child has been diagnosed with global developmental delay, the next step is to implement interventions to help them progress. This may include therapy sessions with a speech therapist, occupational therapist, or physical therapist. Additionally, educational interventions such as special education classes may be recommended.
  3. Monitoring and Review: The final step in addressing global developmental delay is to monitor a child’s progress over time and adjust interventions as needed. Regular assessments should be conducted to track progress and identify any areas where additional support may be required. Families should work closely with their child’s healthcare providers and therapists to ensure that the child is receiving the best possible care.

It’s important to note that every child is different and the effects of GDD can vary depending on the specific needs of the child, and the support and interventions they receive. With appropriate interventions and support, children with GDD can make progress and improve their overall functioning.

For more detailed information:

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+91 996 151 8687, +91 996 129 8312
www.jeevaniyam.in


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16/Jan/2023

ORAL PLACEMENT THERAPY –  FOR SPEECH AND FEEDING

Oral–motor is a term that is still widely used in our speech systems. The use of oral motor exercises in a feeding program has never been debated in our field. For example, the feeding activities.

Children with different special need categories cannot imitate targeted speech sounds using auditory and visual stimuli (i.e., “Look, listen, and say what I say”). They also cannot follow specific instructions to produce targeted speech sounds (e.g., “Put your lips together and say m”).

Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) is a tactile teaching technique used for children and adults with Oral Placement Disorders, who cannot learn standard speech sound production using auditory and visual teaching methods alone.

It is based on a common sequence

  1. Facilitate speech movement with the assistance of a therapy tool (ex. Talk Tools® Bite Block, horn, tongue depressor) or a tactile-kinesthetic facilitation technique (ex. PROMPT facial cue);
  2. Facilitate speech movement without the therapy tool and/or tactile-kinesthetic technique (cue fading);
  3. Immediately transition movement into speech with and without therapy tools and/or tactile-kinesthetic techniques.

Oral Placement Therapy works only on movements needed for speech clarity.  OPT facilitates the pre-requisite skills in muscle control to develop dissociation and grading in the muscles of the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips and tongue for clients who cannot approximate the standard speech sounds using the instructions. If the client can produce standard speech using adequate placement and duration using only auditory and visual cueing, OPT would not be included in that client’s program plan.

At Jeevaniyam, the Speech Language Pathologist, focus on OPT along with conventional Speech Therapy. The therapy program for each child is tailor-made based on the child’s speech and language requirements.

For more detailed information:

𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗘 𝗗𝗘𝗧𝗔𝗜𝗟𝗦:
+91 996 151 8687, +91 996 129 8312
www.jeevaniyam.in

 


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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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07/Jan/2023

Anxiety In Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Anxiety disorders and symptoms are common co-occurring conditions in youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Research on the prevalence and clinical characteristics of this condition has soared during the past decade. Autistic children feel many of the same worries and fears as other children. Autistic children might also worry or feel stressed about things that are less worrying for typically developing children. Often parents would misinterpret certain behaviours as the child’s tantrums and try to rectify these.

Children with ASD develop anxiety mostly due to the following reasons:

  • Small disruptions to their routines or new sensations they feel in their bodies.
  • Unfamiliar or unpredictable social situations.
  • Situations where it’s hard to know what other people are thinking or feeling.
  • Their own thoughts and feelings, especially unfamiliar or unpleasant physical symptoms that are related to worried thoughts and feelings.

Autism is neuro developmental, whereas anxiety is a mental-emotional. Still, the area of the brain involved in the expression of fear, called the amygdala, may play a role in comorbid anxiety and ASD.

Does your child have the following behavioural pattern?

  • Always feeling on edge
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble with concentration and memory
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Uncontrollable worries
  • Reduced amount or quality of sleep

Social and emotional factors may also contribute to anxiety. Autistic people may need support to learn how to read body language and other social cues. Sometimes these situations can make them feel overwhelmed and anxious.

You can help your child learn ways to calm down when they start feeling anxious or stressed.

At Jeevaniyam, we help children who has ASD and suffer anxiety with the help of ayurvedic protocols integrated with:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – This helps children develop skills to change their thinking in situations that make them anxious

Therapies And Supports – that use gradual exposure to help children face their fears

Social Stories – these can help prepare children for unfamiliar or stressful situations that generally make them anxious

Relaxation Training – to help your child learn to relax.

 

A few things that parents and care takers can teach the child to control anxiety are:

  • Counting slowly to 10
  • Taking 5 deep breaths
  • Running around the yard 5 times
  • Doing 50 jumps on the trampoline
  • Looking at a collection of favourite or special things
  • Reading a favourite book
  • Closing eyes for a few moments
  • Going to a quiet part of the house.

 


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29/Nov/2022

Obsessive Interest In Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many autistic people have intense and highly focused interests, often from a fairly young age. These can change over time or be lifelong. It can be art, music, gardening, animals, or numbers. For many younger children it might be a particular cartoon character or some characters that might interest them. Autistic children and teenagers can be very intense and focused about favourite toys, activities and topics of conversation. Some children move from one interest or obsession to another, and the interests last for weeks or months before they change. Others develop an interest – for example, in trains – in early childhood and continue this interest through adolescence and into adulthood.

Some autistic children and teenagers have rituals. For example, some children might keep favourite objects in specific places, like the bottom corner of a drawer in the bedroom. They might have to get their objects out and touch them before bed. Or they might drink only from cups or ask the same questions and always need specific answers. Routines are often important to autistic children and teenagers. They can find change and transitions difficult to cope with. They might like to eat, sleep, or leave the house in the same way every time. For example, children might go to bed happily if you follow their regular bedtime routines but won’t settle if the routines are broken. They might get very upset if their route to preschool is changed, or they might insist on putting their clothes on in the same order each morning. We don’t know what causes obsessive behaviour or the need for routines and rituals. The cause might not be the same for everyone.

Also, obsessions, routines and rituals help some autistic children manage stress and anxiety. When they feel stressed because they don’t understand what’s going on around them, obsessions and rituals let them take some control of their surroundings. Sensory sensitivities can lead to some autistic children developing obsessions and rituals. For example, children might stroke people’s hair whenever they can because they enjoy the sensation, or it helps them feel calm. And some autistic children have trouble with planning, so having a rigid routine or ritual helps comfort them and relieves feelings of stress and anxiety.

At Jeevaniyam we handle autistic children’s obsessions, routines, and rituals. Jeevaniam offers the best autism treatment in Kerala, India. We give trainings to both parents and children so that the child and the families can live with daily obsessive behaviour, routines, and rituals without much of difficulty. Our trained doctors and therapist help the child and the family to identify and answer the following questions:

  • Is your child’s behaviour affecting their ability to learn?
  • Is your child’s behaviour affecting their social life?
  • Is your child’s behaviour affecting your family’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities, or to go on holidays or trips?
  • How would you feel if this behaviour is the same in a few years?
  • Is your child’s behaviour causing harm to themselves or others?

These questions might help you decide whether it’s worth trying to change things. And if you decide you want to work on your child’s obsessions and routines, your answers might help you work out what to focus on. It will be easy to develop a plan to manage your child’s obsessions, rituals and routines, it’s a good idea to think about your child’s developmental level and communication skills.

For example,

Does your child have the communication skills to understand your instructions?
Working out what’s causing your child’s behaviour might also guide your next steps. Is it sensory?

Or

Does your child feel anxious when faced with the unknown?

We might be able to manage the sensory issues or the anxiety, which could lead to a decrease in the behaviour. If your child’s behaviour isn’t affecting their life or other people in a negative way, but you still want to decrease it, you could consider setting some limits on the behaviour.


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18/Oct/2022

Understanding The Effects of Autism on Brain

Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that has been widely studied for over 30 years. Despite its high prevalence rate, the causes of autism remain elusive. What’s more, the treatment effect of autism varies considerably from person to person and often depends on the severity of symptoms present at birth. The causes for these differences in prevalence are not fully known at this time, although it is thought that genetic factors may play a role in some people’s risk for developing autism from birth onward. The term itself derives from the Greek word “autos” meaning ‘self’, and “-poiein”, or “to make or do”. Symptoms appear before age 3 and may be accompanied by some degree of delay in development. This disorder is characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and nonverbal communication and restrictive, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities.

No two people with autism are the same, in terms of their symptoms. For some people on the spectrum, it’s difficult to make eye contact or read other people’s facial expressions. Persons with autism experience information processing in their brains that is different from people without autism. The brain shows less coordinated activity in autism. Uncertainty exists on whether autism affects how specific brain regions function on their own. The brain’s grey matter, which controls the majority of its functions, is far more developed in children with ASD. Children with ASD have brains that are larger overall than those of typical children but underdeveloped in certain areas. This phenomenon might help explain why some kids with ASD excel at math and other subjects that require keen visual-spatial abilities and learning by role, while other kids struggle in these areas.

The human brain contains extensive structural and functional networks. Early brain imaging shows that a brain region can have different activity and roles with both brain network activities and functions. Functional connections and anatomical connections in the brain can be distinguished from one another. The physical connections that exist between the two hemispheres of the brain contain these connections.

At Jeevaniyam, our doctors have an integrative ayurvedic approach in identifying the symptoms of autism and treating it. There is no cure for autism, but there is evidence to suggest that the earlier a child with autism is diagnosed and treated, the better their life will be and our protocols play a major role in improving the quality of life for these children.

 


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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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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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