KUALA LUMPUR — Oct. 17, 2017: The sooner parents realise and accept the fact that their children have autism, the better the chances of their children receiving appropriate treatment and leading a better life.
In this case, an infant needs needs to be brought for specialist treatment as early as 18 months old should the baby have any abnormality in development.
“From there we can start observing what kind of abnormalities there are in their behaviour. If we notice something like a delay in talking (the child should start talking and communicating at that age), we need to bring them to a higher level of screening,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Traditional Complementary Medicine at Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Asst. Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Usman Mhaisker in an interview on Bernama News Channel’s NINE11 programme yesterday.
Although there’s no permanent cure for autism, the earlier the parents bring their children for treatment they could help in boosting the confidence level of the children and help them do well in life.
“It has to be a combination of a few therapies or approaches such as speech, occupational, behavioural or learning therapies plus some help from medicines like homeopathy, Ayurveda and we have seen these children do really well in life with the help of all these kinds of approaches. We can improve up to 90 per cent for a change in their life,” he said.
According to Mhaisker, the awareness in Asian countries regarding autism has improved much compared to previously but the stigma still exists, which impedes parents in coming forward to say that their children are autistic.
“In the United States, one in every 68 children is autistic. It’s all about awareness. They are unlike us as they are more open to accept reality,” he said.
Ibrahim said there were many signs and symptoms that could help parents to identify whether their children were autistic or otherwise such as there was no social interaction, inability to communicate, no eye to eye contact, and not interacting with others including family and friends.
When we are talking to them there will be no eye to eye contact, they will just be lost in their own world, they will always be in isolation and cannot communicate. It is a cognitive problem and it is hard for them to understand what exactly we are trying to say.
In promoting parents’ awareness, his faculty will hold a two-day 1st Malaysian International Integrative Healthcare Conference from October 28.