Please remember that ‘A child with Autism is not a compilation of symptoms’
‘Bodily symptoms could be the manifestations of signalling and metabolic derangements that may have widespread effects integrally related to what we now call autism’.
Although autism is only considered to manifest around 18 months of age, recent developments in research have indicated that it can be identified much earlier.
In the absence of reliable BIOLOGICAL MARKERS, to spot and identify early high risk children the following PHYSICAL BIOMARKERS are considered useful in our clinical practice at DOAST.
• Poor/Absence of eye contact
• Looks through people; not aware of others,
• The absence of eye contact is observed in particular even during the breast fed phase of life.
• Does not show typical interest in peers, or play near peers purposefully
• Arching their back away from their caregiver to avoid physical contact,
• Failing to anticipate being picked up,
• Lack/ absence of index finger pointing,
• Unusual or repetitive hand and finger mannerisms,
• Unusual reactions, or lack of reaction, to sensory stimuli.
• Lack of gaze monitoring;
• As infants, they are either passive or over agitated babies. A passive baby refers to one who is quiet most of the time making little, if any, demands on his/her parents. An over agitated baby refers to an infant who cries a great deal, sometimes non-stop, during his/her waking hours.
• Some autistic toddlers reach/rush through developmental milestones, such as crawling, and walking, much ahead of time; whereas others are considerably delayed.
Importance of these markers…
For us at DOAST – as a group focused on Bio Medical therapy for more than a decade – these Physical biomarkers are very important.
Based on these markers, we invariably advise effective dietary control along with life style modifications early in this phase of life.
It has resulted in significant positive changes replicated consistently in the individuals in whom they were initiated and adhered.