Know-how Behind Stem Cell Treatment for Autism

Autism is a neurological disorder characterized with slower responses to the stimuli, repetitive behaviour and lack of cognitive thinking to get things done. The human brain works precisely through a network of internal cells known as neurons. It is these neurons or nerve cells that carry signals or transmit emotions to the human brain.

The brain relates to the signals received via the nerve cells and transmits those very same signals on what requires to be done. You are able to walk, talk, run, eat food, take important decisions, write, study and perform all functions depending on these signals received from the brain. When certain mutational changes and environmental disorders impact logical functioning of the brain, it fails to act coherently to situations impacting your day to day life. Hence autism is a disorder that can be genetic in nature caused due to improper development of the brain. Signs of Autism usually develop within the first three years of life.

While there are many parents who get quite worried when they get to know that their kids are diagnosed with Autism, they also need to understand that there are many medical practises in place that can be used to treat Autism.

Modes of treatment for effective treatment of Autism

These include occupational therapy, music therapy, stem cell treatment, counselling sessions for effective improvements in social and physical behaviour, physiotherapy for proper co-ordination of muscles with parts of the body and so on.

Stem cells can be effectively used to improve the overall wellbeing on the child. Stem cells can be procured by two ways. These are

  • Via umbilical cords of new-born babies. The stem cells are rich in several brain functioning proteins. New-born mothers donate umbilical cords of their respective new-born babies.

There are two main methods which can be used to obtain stem cells. They are:

  • Bone marrow derived stem cells: Adult autologous stem cell. These cells can then injected back into the patient. This is known to be one of the safest methods of carrying out stem cell therapy, as the cells are obtained from the child’s own body. This negates the chance of any immune reaction.
  • Umbilical Cord Stem Cells: Stem cells can also be procured from the umbilical cord of new-born babies. In this method, the cells are usually obtained from a donor which carries the risk of immune reaction once injected into the patient.

 

The know-how behind what is stem cell therapy has therefore been elaborated in this medical module. Stem-cell treatment for autism has been instrumental in treating several kids impacted with this particular neuro developmental disorder, thereby helping them lead normal lives.

Author: autismconnectassociation

Autism Connect is a voluntary group based in Mumbai, India formed by parents and professional care-takers of children on the autism spectrum. Parenting and caring for a child with autism is a special responsibility in itself. There are doubts, questions and uncertainties in our minds. At Autism Connect, we endeavor to collect literature on evidence based practices (with special emphasis on newer emerging therapies) in the management of autism and share it with autism associations and organizations across the world with the hope that these associations disseminate and distribute this to their members and parents of children with autism.

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