Aromatherapy and Autism
Using essential oils to reduce the symptoms of autism
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ADHD, Asperger’s and Autism
Autism is a complex, pervasive developmental disorder, a label it shares with ADHD and Asperger’s. ADHD and autism share some similar features and affects children in three central areas: communication, social dysfunction and behavior. Asperger’s syndrome, a milder form of autism, is more closely related to ADHD, and some of those diagnosed with Asperger’s make significant progress and can even overcome their disabilities.
A Cure for Autism
Despite much research and fervent hope on the part of parents, the plain fact is that there is no known cure for autism at this time. According to Autism Treatment Services of Canada, “Research indicates that the most successful method for treating and educating autistic individuals involves structured and intensive behavioural interventions. Through effective intervention autistic individuals can be assisted to fulfill their unique potential and lead happier and more productive lives.”
It is important to understand that many teenagers and adults with the autism diagnosis do not want to be “cured” of their autism. Many do not object to having some of the more bothersome symptoms alleviated but they are of the belief that autism is not something they have, it is part of who they are.
Reducing the Symptoms of Autism
In addition to behavioral interventions, there are other ways to reduce the more distressing symptoms of autism. Keeping the body healthy provides the energy needed to work and deal with the symptoms and encourages the development of the nervous system. Ensure that a healthy diet, drinking water, enough sleep and regular exercise is part of the daily routine. Detoxify the body if feelings of sluggishness are present. It is believed that if the build up of toxins gets into the brain, the results could be nerve damage.
Essential Oils and Autism
Essential oils can be effective in reducing some of the emotional and behavioral aspects of autism. Make essential oils a part of the daily routine to help keep everything balanced, calm and happy. Here are some examples:
Using essential oils can be an effective and valuable part of the daily routine for people with autism, Asperger’s or ADD/ADHD. For more information about using essential oils with people with ADD/ADHD, please refer to this additional article by the same author.
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