Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both common terms used for a group of complex neuro-developmental disorders Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. Individuals with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests.. Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system and affects the overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical health of the affected individual. This section explains some of signs and symptoms of autism, deficits in their social, communication skills, the behavioural issues, associated problems with autism, related causes and the team involved in treating and diagnosing autism.

Standard Treatment

Treatments available for autism individuals are bifurcated by ACA under three broad canopies:

Conventional Treatments: Includes medical management like Antipsychotics, Anti-depressants, Alpha2 antagonists to reduce hyperactivity, anxiety, impulsivity and inattention, mood stabilizers to reduce aggression, repetitive behavior.

Occupational therapy in autism, psychological interventions, ABA, sensory integration for children with autism and speech therapy. Alternative Treatments include aquatic therapy, art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, play therapy, yoga therapy, diet & nutrition and animal therapy.

In recent years, caregivers are seeking alternative or complementary treatments for autism and have a wide array of options available. One such treatment is arts-based therapy. It is a natural fit for autism. It helps assuage the deficits associated with autism by channeling autistic behaviors into an expressive, creative outlet. 

Arts-based therapy is an umbrella term comprising of various art forms namely, visual art, dance/movement therapy, music therapy, play therapy and drama therapy. Contingent on the interests and preference of the child, any one or more art forms can be employed to reach the desired goal.

One of the major characteristics of autism spectrum disorders is difficulty with verbal and social communication. However, many individuals with autism have an extraordinary ability to think visually i.e. “in pictures.” Art, in general, is a form of expression that could open doors of communication for a child with autism. It also promotes self-exploration, emotional growth, and sensory integration while also encouraging social interaction in a fun setting.

Arts-based therapy differs from traditional art-making or performance in that the emphasis is on the process of creating and making rather than on the end product.

For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible. Assistive technologies are "any item, device, or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of persons with disabilities".

This section tries to educate people and modify their understanding about Autism/ASD with the help of audio podcast and videos.

With one in every 68 children suffering from one of the autism spectrum disorders, its not only the individual but families are sure to be affected by it. Those who are affected are struggling every day to help children get a happy fulfilled life. AutismConnect believes that, Autism affected people & families, have so much to share and express. Writing is the best way of expression when it comes to Autism. We have a whole set of professionals , parents and of course the people affected by autism, to say about their journeying of it. There is nothing as nice as making another feel good & loving yourself for the same. The best way to help your child is to simply BEGIN! via our blogs................

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Whether it's a meltdown/fixation over a toy or a tag for your child who won’t stop screaming while on a wonderful holiday. This section displays the troubles parents face while raising their children with autism but a very positive impression to gear such situations. Get a glimpse into the challenges, parents, siblings and grandparents face while raising little ones with autism. 

This segment targets to help parents feel light and smile at the so-called ' troubles '...

 

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