What is Autism
Autism is a complex developmental disorder that generally appears within the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. It is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals in different ways and degrees. Individuals who are at the lower end of the spectrum may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or Asperger’s Syndrome and might communicate normally and could also be intellectually gifted, but may exhibit “autistic” social and behavioral problems. A majority of children with Autism do not appear very different from other children, but may engage in behavior that is not generally observed in normal children. The disorder was earlier thought to be rare and occurring in only 5 out of 10,000 children, but such cases have risen sharply around the world since the early 1990s and now affect tens of millions worldwide. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1 in 88 children in the country are on the Autism spectrum. Research has also discovered that the disorder is 4-5 times more common in boys than girls.
What Causes Autism
There is no known single cause for the disorder and researchers are looking into various theories, such as heredity, genetics and medical problems. However, all researchers agree that the disorder is caused by abnormalities in the brain structure or function. Brain scans of Autistic individuals clearly show differences in the shape and structure of their brain in comparison to normal people. What is most notable in the brains of children with the disorder is the poor development of their pre-frontal cortex, the part of the frontal lobes lying just behind the forehead and often referred to as the “CEO of the brain.” The pre-frontal cortex is the brain’s key region involved in Executive Functions, which refer to a set of brain-based cognitive skills that help people regulate their thinking, emotions, and behavior. Frontal-lobe dysfunction can result in many anomalies in behavior and actions. Research findings in the field of mental health attribute executive dysfunctions as core criteria for disorders like Autism, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive disorder, learning disorders, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Cerebra’s Treatment for Autism
Cerebra’s cutting-edge brain training program, Cerebra TurboBrain (CTB), is an effective, non-intrusive and drugless way of assessing and treating disordered cerebral functions by increasing cerebral blood flow. People with neuropsychological conditions involving the self-regulation of cortical activity, like Autism, can benefit hugely from the use of CTB technology, since most of their issues are centered around a poorly functioning pre-frontal cortex, and that is what Cerebra targets. CTB enhances cognitive abilities by providing Cerebral Blood Flow-based training to the brain’s pre-frontal cortex. By increasing cerebral blood flow, CTB increases the rate of capillary formation – Angiogenesis – and improves extensive synaptic connections among neurons through the process of Synaptogenesis – thereby drastically improving thinking, memory, focus and attention. CTB accelerates the production of stem-cells (master cells with the ability to grow into any one of the body’s more than 200 cell types) in the brain, which allows for the renewal and repair of any body tissue, including the brain. When regular blood flow to the brain increases, the brain grows larger and its abilities greater. A positive change in the child’s overt behavior, complimented with a reduction in hyperactivity and restlessness and increased attention span evolving with interest in studies, focused activities, and social behaviors, can be attained with fundamental changes in structure of the brain through CTB. Completely safe, drug-free, and used by thousands of adults and children in the US for over a decade now, CTB is now also being used in India, including Mumbai and New Delhi.
Cerebra’s suite of brain enhancement and regeneration technologies also includes Cerebra PhotoBioStim (CPBS) that uses coherent light to directly stimulate affected areas in the brain all over the scalp and is transforming the lives of Autistic, hyperactive and mentally retarded children across Asia, including Mumbai and New Delhi.
Please visit the Scientific Research section in the website to read about the vast amount of studies that is being done on CPBS and CTB technologies.
Why Early Intervention Is Important In Treatment for Autism
Research has proved that early and aggressive intervention in cases of Autism can result in significantly improved outcomes. Generally, the earlier the treatment for Autism is started, the better the prognosis will be. There is also growing evidence that suggests some individuals with the disorder can progress to a point where they can no longer considered to be in the spectrum. Many autistic children can go on to live independent and fulfilling lives, work productively, develop meaningful and fulfilling relationships and enjoy life. Remember, early intervention is important to help a child’s brain mature & develop at the right age. Proper development of the pre-frontal cortex, which is important for the control of action, attention, memory and emotion, must be ensured in children with Autism through early intervention by parents with the timely and appropriate use of CTB and CPBS.
Please visit the Success Stories section in the website to read heart-warming testimonials from parents and teachers/therapists of the remarkable benefits being experienced by autistic children who are undergoing CTB and CPBS training.