Ayurveda and Yoga for Special Children
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characteristics include “markedly abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communication, and restricted activity and interest repertoires”.
Since no single intervention has proved effective in alleviating ASD’s core symptoms, many parents of children with ASD use Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) or Mind-body therapies. However, there has been little examination into which types of mind-body therapies have been investigated for people with ASD and for what purposes. A systematic review was conducted to evaluate the existing evidence for mind-body therapies for people with ASD, particularly to determine the types of mind-body therapies used and the outcomes that are targeted.
Ayurveda says that autism takes place due to the overall imbalances that occur in the vata dosha. This becomes all the more prominent in the sub category of vata dosha known as prana vata which is wedged in the mind.
The prana vata helps in governing the entire cerebral activities like learning, concentration, neurological responses, memory etc. This disequilibrium occurs at the level of the brain that includes intellect and mind.
Ayurveda provides both internal as well as external treatments for children with autism which really helps in improving eye-to-eye contact and communication level. Ayurveda also helps to enhance other linked problems like metabolism, immunity while decreasing hyperactivity etc.
Article By :
Dr. Vasudha M Sharma