Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Developmental Delays in Children with ASD

Understanding ASD

ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disorder of the brain that affects social communication with narrowed patterns of behavior and interests. This condition is described as a "spectrum” because no two people with ASD display similar signs and symptoms. Yet, social interactions,  body language, sensory input etc. are some of the common areas where an autistic child has problems.

Developmental Delays and ASD

A typical child’s development is monitored with developmental milestones like smiling, rolling over, and sitting up in the early months to learning language, physical, cognitive and emotional skills at later stages. Children with ASD struggle to reach all of their developmental milestones in the appropriate time. Parents should watch out for the following problems in their children at an early age:

  •     Inability to play with simple toys and puzzles
  •     Inability to speak complete sentences
  •     Does not make eye contact
  •     Do not comprehend simple instructions
  •     Does not play with other children and avoid social interactions

Early Intervention Programme at Jeevaniyam

The early intervention programme curated at Jeevaniyam provides support for children with ASD to deal with their developmental delays and other additional needs. It includes therapies like behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medicines, education and all other support required to help children develop the skills to perform their everyday activities. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to help kids communicate better, develop their social skills, bring down repetition and bad behavior, help them learn and understand better and also to be safe by  taking care of themselves. If you think your child has delayed developmental milestones, book an appointment with us, as the earlier the diagnosis the better it is for the child.

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Training Special Children to an Inclusive Education

While raising a child with special needs, one of the biggest dilemmas the parents face is about the kind of education that will suit the child. Educating them with a trained instructor who specializes in special needs education or giving them integrated/inclusive education along with other students can be a difficult decision to make. Although a special needs class will have teachers with strong professional backgrounds working with special needs students, some parents believe that this separate learning environment leads to segregation rather than equal education. This is the reason why inclusive learning environments are growing popular.

Inclusive education means to educate children with special needs in a mainstream school along with children who do not have disabilities, instead of a special needs school. This inclusive approach may have many benefits to the special child like:

  • It exposes the child to face the general atmosphere
  • The quality of education and classroom environment will remain same
  • Children without disabilities act as models to help them learn social skills and make them more independent
  • Removes the social stigma of being differently abled due to early sensitization

Being in a normal classroom itself can be a great learning experience for the special needs child. At Jeevaniyam, we provide training for your child to get adapted in a normal school environment by increasing their sitting tolerance and attention span, improving their writing and social skills, helping them follow the teacher's instructions and reduce behaviors that can harm others. With our support, you can go forward to get the best education for your child.

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Friday, 19 March 2021

What’s the Importance of sound sleep?

Needless to mention that a sound sleep is incredibly significant for one’s health. A sound sleep is as important as eating healthy & exercising. As far as children are concerned, lack of sleep may adversely affect their physical as well as mental growth. Sleep deprivation among children is not only detrimental to their wellbeing but also disrupts life of parents.

What is the difference between melatonin & serotonin?

 Melatonin facilitates relaxed and restful sleep while serotonin is a feel-good hormone that enhances positivity & relaxation. Both these hormones perform opposite tasks but they must work in harmony to keep the body balanced.

How lifestyle affects sleep?

Lifestyle is one of the major causes behind sleep deprivation. Parents must try to develop a regular sleep-wake schedule among children. Besides, they can also set a pre-bedtime routine like doing something every night before going to bed.

How food and sleep are interlinked?

Regular meals facilitate setting our biological clock & helps balance our sleep-wake rhythm. Children must take dinner several hours before bedtime. Also make sure that they are not eating snack in the middle of the night.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF SLEEP PROBLEMS IN AUTISTIC CHILDREN?

 The causes of sleep problems in autistic children may include anxiety, night terrors and nightmares, bedwetting, illnesses and health conditions, biological causes, snoring, social communication difficulties, restless sleep, etc.

 WHAT CAN BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SLEEP PROBLEMS?

 Lack of proper sleep may have serious adverse effects on a child's life & overall health. Studies suggest that the following problems are associated with children with autism:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Behavioral problems
  • Poor learning & cognitive performance
  • Hyperactivity

Studies also suggest that the parents of children with autism also sleep less and may have poor sleep quality. They also wake up earlier than parents of children without autism.

HOW AYURVEDA HELPS TO IMPROVE SLEEP IN CHILDREN WITH ASD?

 Ayurvedic interventions offer the use of detoxification and purification therapies to reduce the effect of triggering factors. Ayurvedic Treatment focuses to remove any stress (external and internal) that the child may be undergoing, promotes a healthy lifestyle & slowly leads to normal sleep patterns.

JEEVANIYAM, A RELIABLE NAME TO GET EFFECTIVE AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Jeevaniyam provides very effective and advanced Ayurvedic treatment to children with ASD to get rid of sleeping problems. Besides ayurveda treatment, Jeevaniyam provides music therapy, sensor integration therapy ,life style management and Humigation.

Sensory integration therapy helps children with sensory-processing problems like ASDs. The therapy is designed in a play-oriented manner and includes the use of equipment like slides, trampolines and swings. Sensory integration therapy clams an anxious child and improves child’s threshold for facing sensory-rich environments.

Music therapy enhances sleep because of its effects on the regulation of hormones. Music therapy reduces the level of stress hormone cortisol and triggers the release of good hormone dopamine. This therapy improves sleep by soothing autonomic nervous system. Physical & psychological responses to music are found to be effective in triggering sound sleep.

Fumigating is another therapy to facilitate sound sleep. Under this therapy, the room is fumigated with medicated powders and builds suitable environment.

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Saturday, 23 January 2021

Importance of Sensory Integration in ASD

Sensory disorders in ASD ( Autism Spectrum Disorder) refer to the dysfunctional sensory system of a child or an adult with autism. Along with developmental disabilities, sensory problems are being recognised to be a major cause of behavioural issues such as hand-flapping, spinning and rocking. Sensory dysfunctions are considered to be quite disabling as they greatly interfere with various everyday activities.

What is Sensory Integration?

A therapy-based intervention, sensory integration is used to help children and adults to use all their senses, such as taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight, together. Many therapists strongly feel that such an intervention can also be very helpful for those autistic children who have difficulties in emotional regulation.

What does Sensory Integration involve?

Sensory Integration is an occupational therapy that is offered by specially trained occupational therapists. It involves various sensory activities that further help a child to respond to light, sound, smell and other inputs appropriately. The result of such techniques is improved behaviour, lowered anxiety levels and also better focus. Many experts, therefore, believe that Sensory Integration makes a real difference as it helps children manage their cravings and sensitivities.

How does Sensory Integration work?

Let us take a look at the various aspects of sensory integration therapy:

  • Sensory and motor activities
  • Basic Adaptations in the Environment
  • Sensory Diet Programmes
  • Education to parents, family members, caregivers about the sensory functions and ways and means to diminish the negative impact on the child or adult with autism.

Over the past few years, there have been many kinds of researches and studies that have shown the effectiveness of sensory integration therapy for individuals with autism. Today, this therapy is considered to be one of the most utilised and requested interventions for autism.

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Friday, 6 November 2020

Behavioural Disorders in Children

When it comes to children almost all of them are often naughty, sometimes a little defiant and impulsive too. Though, this kind of behaviour is often considered to be normal, tantrums that occur a little too frequently can be worrisome for the parents.


What are Behavioural Disorders?

When a child shows a pattern of disruptive behaviour that leads to problems at home, school and in the peer group, it may be referred to as a behavioural disorder. It is rare that a child who is below 5 years of age would receive a diagnosis of a behavioural disorder, nevertheless, he/she may show symptoms of a disorder that may be diagnosed later in their childhood, for instance:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Learning Disorder

What Causes Behavioural Disorders in Children?

Though the exact causes of major behavioural disorders are not really known, there are certain risk factors that include:

    • Gestation

A difficult or risky pregnancy, premature birth, birth weight abnormalities can cause a behavioural disorder later in life.

    • Gender of the Child

Behavioural disorders are found more commonly in boys as compared to girls.

    • Temperament of the Child

A child who shows aggression early in life is more likely to develop a behavioural disorder in life.

    • Dysfunctional Families

Children who grow up in an abusive household, broken family, poor environment tend to develop behavioural disorders.

Can Behavioural Disorders be Treated?

If such disorders are left untreated, they can make a child grow up to become a dysfunctional adult. Early intervention can greatly help a child in the long run. The following can contribute too:

  • Parental Education
  • Family Therapy
  • Treatment of Associated Problems
  • Encouragement
  • Medication

Takeaway

Raising children is never easy, but if your child is showing behavioural disorders, the sooner you realise it, the better. Many of these disorders have symptoms that are displayed by many children but remember, the behaviours that last for over 6 months and disrupt a child’s personality and functioning are the ones that may be called a disorder and thus, may be diagnosed.


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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Children with special needs, their immunity and Ayurveda

In part one of this series, we had talked about Ayurveda, immunity and children with special needs in a general, introductory way. Here, in part two, we will go into immunity and Ayurveda in this context in greater detail.


Children with special needs are those who, because of emotional, learning or medical problems need extra care in their lives, and they are put in an “Immunodeficient” category, susceptible to many medical issues, and that is what Ayurveda tries to correct.

This branch of Ayurveda is called Kaumarbhritya, a part of Ashtanga Ayurveda, and is concerned with the prevention and cure of childhood diseases.

Immunity is the “condition of being able to resist a particular disease especially through preventing the development of a pathogenic organism or by counteracting the effects of its products.” 
Human immunity is provided by two cooperating defence mechanisms called, NonSpecific Innate Immunity and Specific Acquired Immunity. 

NonSpecific repels all microorganisms equally, while Specific creates its response specifically to one particular organism. Both, thus work together to prevent harmful organisms from entering and breeding inside the body.

It is here that Ayurveda with its concept of whole-body healing; treating mind, body and spirit as one; becomes an effective method. It modulates or tunes or enhances the body’s immune responses by nonspecifically activating immunity using what are called Immunomodulatory Agents, often of plant/herbal origin. Ayurveda enhances the body’s natural resistance as a whole, rather than against one particular condition.

While medication, based on Brahmi, Shankhpushpi and Jatamansi; and therapies like Shirodhara and Shirobasti, have been found beneficial, current research has found that a holistic programme, starting early, is most effective.

These include sensory integration techniques, music therapy, exercises for the brain and yoga. This integrated approach has been found effective in treating children with cerebral palsy, autism, learning disabilities and hyperactivity.


Combining Ayurveda with physiotherapy and speech therapy also helps in developing fine motor skills, cognitive skills and functional skills.

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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Ayurveda propels strong immunity for special children

A fundamentally preventive approach can be termed as the step of Ayurveda as it plays a major role in one’s well-being. Treating all the imbalances and neurological problems, Ayurveda would bring out optimal health in special children. This would help to function in all the life cycles and energies in a natural way to improve strength, resilience, and vibrant health.


Ayurveda describes immunity in their beej-bhumi theory. If the human body is filled with toxins or ama and lacking in ojas, the infection will spread faster. However, if digestion and Ojas are strong then ama will predominate in the body thus, the infection will not spread faster. Natural exposure, vaccination, nutrition, age, and physical stress would be considered certain factors that affect the immunity of an individual.

Normally, immunity falls into 3 types such as innate, adaptive, and passive. Everyone is born with an innate or natural immunity that helps general protection. As individuals, we develop adaptive immunity based on certain exposures. And passive immunity is what we borrow from other sources which lasts for a short period. 

Usually, the immune system takes a while to develop and would require certain vaccines. The child needs to receive the required vaccines mandatorily at the right age which helps to keep the child healthy and strong. 

The digestive system plays a major role in the immune system. As the seasons change from hot to cold, the Agni or digestive fire will start to fluctuate dramatically. The diet and routine need to be adjusted with the appropriate ayurvedic guidelines to build up the strength. Thus, it is understood that the principles of good digestion would include Agni, Ojas, and Ama. Good digestion would be the right measure to get cured or prevent a lot of health issues in the human body. 

Immunity would differ for children who have autism, cerebral palsy, or neurological disorders. Autism primarily affects the functioning of the brain as it is a neurodevelopmental disorder. These kids would show severe social and behavioral developmental problems. Kids with cerebral palsy would find it difficult to have a clear functioning of the neural ways. This could affect posture, walking, and related movements. All these neurological disorders can be treated with the help of physical therapy, medications, certain lifestyle changes, and the required ayurvedic measures. 

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Certain tips to keep a child healthy and strong

Dinacharya - habits of daily living will help support life with optimal wellness through routine, detoxification, and nourishment. This has to be practiced as the first thing in the morning as it would help maintain a connection to the sleep-wake cycle. Tongue cleaning, brushing, flossing, oil massage, and clearing the bowel would come under the daily routine. 

Prathimarsha Nasya - a procedure of administering medicines through the nasal route. Pratimarsha Nasya needs to be practiced daily after waking up, brushing, and after all the other regular activities as well. This procedure helps to keep the sensory organs healthy, prevents nasal respiratory issues, improves eye health, delays greying of hair, prevents deafness, strengthens the denture, neck, and temporomandibular joints, face muscles, relieves fatigue and alleviates Vatha dosha. 

Herbal gargling - gargling is a traditional method to heal a lot of throat related issues and to improve one’s oral health. It also helps to clean out the germs and bacteria in the nasal passage before it gets into the bloodstream to weaken immunity. It is recommended to use turmeric, ginger, and related herbal-based elements to gargle. 

Breathing exercises or pranayama - prana is considered to be the breath and ayam is to control. Prana must be required to fulfill one’s dharma and accomplish goals. By controlling the breath, ayam would direct one’s energy where it is required. If pranayama is practiced regularly then the mind awakens, energy will be cultivated and balance is well maintained. 

Sensory integration therapy - a therapy that involves specific sensory activities to help special children to respond to light, sound, touch, smells, and other required inputs. 

Balanced diet - normally, after checking the Prakrithi traits of the special children, certain immunity-boosting food will be suggested. This would include leafy vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. However, the ayurvedic diet would include cooking vegetables in digestive spices such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, and turmeric.


Better sleep pattern - Sleeping habits should be patterned well and an oil massage can help increase the natural immunity to sleep better. It is recommended to focus on positivity before sleeping to improve the sleep pattern. Positivity plays an essential role in boosting immunity. 

Lifestyle changes - physical activity is important for a child as it helps to improve blood circulation, balance the energy levels, and supports the flow of nutrients. Physical activities can help detox mechanisms in the body and reduce the early onset of any problematic issues that can cause stagnation. A proper routine can create a sense of safety, trust, and stability for the child’s nervous system which will help with good health.

Yoga or exercise - it is always good to remain fit mentally and physically as it helps to improve bodily functions better. Certain asanas and a little bit of meditation will help special children to improve their cognitive and behavioral skills. Meditation would help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. It also helps to build a connection with the inner self, improves memory, focus, mental discipline, and sleep pattern. 

Medications -  there would be certain medications given to special children while under treatment. This needs to be divinely consumed to complete the treatment right. 

At Jeevaniyam, the team provides accurate ayurvedic measures to improve the special children’s immunity within the stipulated time. Each kid will receive specialized and individualized products for the promised results. 



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