There is an alarming increase in the incidence of Asthma, Allergies, AD(H)D and Autism in children
Autism is a behaviour-defined psychiatric diagnosis and presents as a developmental disorder. It affects individuals quite differently, so the term Autism Spectrum Disorder is used as an umbrella for a wide variety of presentations, from speech/language disorder to social and behavioural diagnoses and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
The biomedical model suggests that autism is expressed due to an interaction of a genetic predisposed child, his/her environment and inflammation or infection, leading to:
- gastro-intestinal inflammation;
- brain inflammation;
- immune dysregulation;
- toxicity; and
- oxidative stress in due time.
ADHD is a psychiatric diagnosis, categorised in 3 subtypes:
- the inattentive type;
- the impulsive type; and
- the hyperactive group.
According to the DSM 5, there are different criteria for the diagnosis to be made. ADHD presents with challenges on different levels, including:
- sensory regulation;
- working memory;
We explore in this talk:
- Executive functioning;
- gross and fine motor skills;
- How to get the correct diagnosis;
- Criteria for ADHD and Autism;
- A multi-system approach