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What is it?
Autism is a rare mental illness that appears during the first three years of a childs life. It affects more boys than girls; autistic children often give the impression of being deaf or mute. However, they are not physically handicapped, though they are usually retarded.
Temper tantrums are often their only sign of emotion. The autistic child prefers simple, repetitive games, toys and mechanical objects. A few autistic children display exceptional ability at tasks such as computing numbers, working out dates or memorising piece of music at first hearing.
Retarded, give impression of deaf or mute.
Before the early 1940s autistic children were often thought of as backward or difficult. There need to be close co-operation between parents and doctor to achieve the best result.
Autistic children need specialist care and special schooling. There is no know cure, children may be treated with psychotherapy, or calming drugs. Doctors may also consider alternative therapies using music.
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info