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.



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  (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 CP may include developmental delays such as:

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

According to Ayurveda covering a special care for CP is a critical aspect of holistic medicine. This disease is caused by genetic mutation and it’s not an acute disease (incurable). CP 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.


Cerebral Palsy – Role of Ayurveda In Its Management


Cerebral palsy (CP) is a sickness that impacts frame motion, posture and balance. It is also referred to as mind paralysis. It is resulting from abnormal improvement or damage because of elements of the mind which manipulate muscle tone and motor motion. The impairments first seem early in existence, usually in infancy or early formative years. Infants are commonly sluggish to reach growth developmental milestones like rolling over, crawling, sitting, and on foot. Cerebral palsy causes difficulty even in standing still due to lack of muscle control and coordination. In more severe cases, the condition also affects the muscles that take part in vital body functions like breathing, bladder and bowel control. The severity of the condition depends on the extent of the damage to the brain.


With the help of Ayurvedic therapies, we can help you identify, assess, treat, manage, counsel, mentor and rehabilitate children. Ayurveda considers developmental disorders under Sahaja Vyadhis which are difficult to treat. CP comes under the group of diseases which are impossible to cure completely yet manageable. We need proper alignment of all the therapies and medicines needed with regular follow up. Mainstream procedures are keeping the body clean with proper digestion, absorption and nourishment along with strengthening of muscles. Innervation to regulate the functions of nerves is also an important part of treatment. Ayurvedic treatments include a special Panchakarma therapy program along with Abhyanga Swedam, Nasyam, Pichu, Shirodhara, Pizhichil, Njavara or Mamsakizhi, Vasti and herbal decoctions. The duration of therapy depends on the severity of the condition and requires repetitions to yield great benefit and long-term support for the affected child. 


At Jeevaneeyam, 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 protocol includes alternate administration of Snehana and Rukhsana for two or three weeks.
  • Admitted treatment will be needed once every 6 months or one year.
  • In CP, many treatment modalities are used from time to time according to the clinical manifestation and conditions.
  • They include:
    • Rukshana(drying up therapies)
    • Snehana (Oleation therapies)
    • Swedana (Sudation therapies)
    • Sodhana (Purificatory procedures to clear metabolic wastes from the body)
    • Brmhana(strengthening therapies)
    • Rasayana(nourishing therapies)
    • Medhya (therapies to enhance brain functions) and symptomatic treatment.

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