• Autism

    A Multisystem Approach

    Every 45 minutes a child with Autism is born in SA

    Do you know the early signs?

  • A Biomedical approach

    We explore:

    • Autism associated with gastro-intestinal disorder
    • Autism associated with neuro-endocrine disorder
    • Autism associated with metabolic disorder
    • Autism associated with an immune disorder
    • Disturbed biochemical pathways
    • What are the markers?

     

  • Sensory Integration Disorder

    The Six Senses

    How autism affects:

    • Hearing
    • Vision
    • Tactile and proprioception
    • Pain perception
    • Taste and smell?

  • Diets

    Do you know about the dirty dozen?

    • • Gluten, Casein, Phenols....
      • Learn about the specialised diets for children with ASD
  • Allergies

    A predisposed infant

    Learn about the available tests

  • ADHD

    A Multi-system approach

    Getting the Diagnosis


    • Criteria
    • A multi-system approach

Autism: The Facts

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Autism presents as a neuro-developmental disorder and is affecting a growing number of children in different ways.    Autism is known as a spectrum disorder, involving:

• speech-language delays;
• impaired social interaction;
• sensory integration dysregulation;
• self-stimulatory and ritualistic behaviour; as well as
• other behavioural or mental challenges.

People presenting on the Autism Spectrum can have:

• difficulty interacting with others;
• inappropriate responses to social conversations;
• cannot interpret nonverbal communication; and also
• have difficulty initiating and maintaining friendships appropriate for their age group.

Other challenges include:

• becoming set in and dependent on routines;
• sensitivity to external stimuli;
• difficulty dealing with change;
• oppositional and defiant behaviour when being guided;
• becoming overly interested or fixated on certain topics or objects.

Each level on the Autism Spectrum comes with a variable range of presentation.

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Integrative Medicine

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Integrative medicine is based on a partnership between the patient and the practitioner, within which conventional and alternative modalities may be used to stimulate the body’s healing response. It shifts the orientation of medicine from one of disease to one of healing.

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Bio-medical Therapy

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Biomedical therapy is based on biochemical and biomedical research done all over the world. Biomedical treatment includes dietary intervention, nutrition, supplementation, herbal medicine, the use of homeopathic remedies and allopathic/ conventional medicine.


The Medical Academy for Paediatric Special Needs Fellowship programme includes a range of highly trained medical practitioners – paediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, general (family) practitioners, and other medically trained professionals who present a systematic paediatric CME program designed to prepare a medical professional to deliver the best possible care to children in distress.

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What is Autism?

Autism presents as a neuro-developmental disorder. It affects a growing number of children in different ways and is also known as a spectrum disorder involving:

  • speech-language delays;
  • impaired social interaction;
  • sensory integration dysregulation;
  • self-stimulatory and ritualistic behaviour; as well as
  • other behavioural or mental challenges.

People presenting on the Autism Spectrum can have:

  • difficulty interacting with others;
  • inappropriate responses to social conversations;
  • cannot interpret non-verbal communication; and also
  • have difficulty initiating and maintaining friendships appropriate for their age group.

Other challenges include:

  • becoming set in and dependent on routines;
  • sensitivity to external stimuli;
  • difficulty dealing with change;
  • oppositional and defiant behaviour when being guided;
  • becoming overly interested or fixated on certain topics or objects.

Each level on the Autism Spectrum comes with a variable range of presentation on each level.

According to the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder is based upon social-communication criteria; restrictive and repetitive behaviour and sensory dysregulation. The diagnosis is further qualified by stating the age of onset, the level of impairment and adding further associated diagnoses, such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Epilepsy, Anxiety Disorder or others.

Statistics are variable, but right now, statistics in South Africa elude to a 1:88 incidence. The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder seems to be increasing rapidly. Although the new DSM diagnosis does not indicate treatment for autism, it does provide diagnostic guidelines that enables the identification of the disorder early on, in order for a prompt optimisation plan to be devised. Where developmental delays are concerned, early intervention is crucial.

DSM-V Diagnostic Criteria