On the occasion of World Autism Day, Buddhi Clinic

The Buddhi Clinic has researched and pioneered the utility of integrated  care that combines modern medicine like drugs and brain stimulation (used  mainly in adolescents and adults) with ancient wisdom. Ayurveda  treatments, Acupressure and Reflexology, Natural treatments using river  mud and water, which are delivered by them to children with ASD, as part  of a holistic care program. These are combined of course with conventional  physical, psychological and language interventions. They also use multiple  intelligences to assess and manage our children. They we have, in a  pioneering step, introduced “neuromodulation” – both Transcranial  Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) & today through CSR of Rane  HoardingsTranscranial Direct Current Stimulation (RTDCS) for adolescents  and older adults with the condition. Their research has shown powerful  effects of these treatments in improving behaviour, sleep, metabolism and  health related quality of life for those affected. 

The Buddhi Book in English, Tamil & now Hindi!

Their journey has enabled great learnings, about the utility of such  “integrated care”; learnings that have been described in our “Autism – The  Buddhi Book” now available in English, Tamil & now Hindi. We are  releasing the Hindi translation of the Buddhi Book today. Through this  integrated care approach we believe they have successfully touched new,  hitherto unexplored, vistas, not just in caring for people with Autism, but  for a range of brain and mind conditions, across the lifespan: ADHD,  cerebral palsy, dementia, depression, epilepsy, parkinsonism, spinal  disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injury etc. For more information about  the Buddhi Clinic and its pioneering work contact 9500010067 &  9500010056 or email care@buddhiclinic.com 

Integrated Care for Autism and a call to “Think Different” on the  occasion of World Autism Day 

Why we must Think Different?

  1. Think brain (not mind):Neuroimaging and neurogenetic studies have  clearly demonstrated that Autism Spectrum Disorders are  conditions of brain development. 
  2. Think interesting (not problematic): In the words of Prof. Oliver  Sacks “It has to do with qualities of the mind which are preserved,  even enhanced, so that, though “mentally defective” in some ways,  they may be “mentally interesting”, even “mentally complete” in  others! 
  3. Think enhanced (not diminished):“Enhanced powers of concrete  imagery & memory and an obsessive preoccupation with particulars,  the development of an eidetic imagery & memory, and the mentality of  a performer, or whiz kid” have all been described by Prof. Oliver  Sacks. Indeed higher order artistic, musical, lexical and mathematical  abilities have been described in some people with autism, those with  supreme abilities being termed as savants. 
  4. Think square pegs (in a world full of round holes): The problem for  the person with autism is that in focussing on the particulars and  being incapable of generalisation, they are square pegs that cannot be  accommodated easily in a world full of round holes. It falls upon us as  a society to create a “autism multiverse” in which they can thrive.  
  5. Think intelligence (not impairment): The theory of Multiple  Intelligences propounded by Prof. Howard Gardner states that people  are not more or less intelligent; rather different people are intelligent  differently, in unique and multiple ways. Its not therefore just how  smart you are, but how you are smart! Especially applicable to  conditions like autism, MI proposes that each one of us has a range of  intelligences that we could put to good use. 

While it would be fallacious to assume that every person within the autism  spectrum is talented, it is important we explore the many possibilities. It is  also important that we understand the problem as not being their own,  alone; also, that of a society that is unwilling or incapable in parts of  accommodating “their difference”. Its time therefore for us to “think  different”!  

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