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Dr. Nageena Akhtar at work

What are the symptoms of autism?

  • By Nageena

How can you see if your child has autism

Autism is defined as a brain development disorder that causes impaired social interaction, decreased communication ability, restrictive repetitive or stereotypical behaviors, and decreased cognitive and learning abilities.

Since the primary problem in autistic children is neurological, it is prudent to research the efficacy of chiropractic care in these children. Functional MRI in patients with autism showed significant differences from normal people in the activity of cerebellar mesolimbic and temporal lobe cortical regions of the brain when processing facial expressions. These differences are most likely neurodevelopmental in origin. There are several different approaches for treatment of autistic children.

Children with autism are presented with multiple categories of clinical pictures that affect their social, sensory, speech, and physical development. In addition to chiropractic care, parents of autistic children seek all possible therapies available. Some of these include: applied behavior analysis, speech/language therapy, auditory integration training, music therapy, sensory integration, vision therapy, nutrition, medication for possible mineral intoxication, and secondary gut infections, and physical therapy. Anecdotal success of chiropractic care in children with special needs through Kentuckiana Children’s Center (KCC), in Louisville, Kentucky, encouraged parents and chiropractors to research the efficacy of chiropractic care in autistic children.


Autistic children usually show an admixture of bizarre behaviors, developmental delay, and developmental deviance.3 The disorder used to manifest before thirty months of age and was occasionally referred to as infantile autism. Now, there is an increase of autism with increasing incidence in all children of all ages and throughout the world. The deviance of developmental and social behavior in these children are shown in features such as the following

  • Failure to make eye contact, use facial expressions and body postures and gestures to regulate social interaction
  • Rarely seeking others for comfort and affection
  • Rarely initiating interactive play with others
  • Rarely offering comfort to others or responding to others’ distress or happiness
  • Rarely greeting others
  • Not building peer friendships in terms of mutual sharing of interests, activities, and emotions despite ample opportunities
  • Abnormalities in communication and lack of social usage of language
  • Restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior