“You cannot raise an Autistic child on your own. You need the guidance of from a neurologist and support from numerous medical experts to make you believe that you are not alone and what you are doing is possible,” shares Mrs Shardha Gupta, mother of 2 yr old Vinnie diagnosed with Autism.
Mrs Shardha Gupta got her to the doctor post she started to notice regressive behavior in her. Her daughter stopped playing with her friends and had stopped eating on her own. Despite stressing on toilet training and all attempts to teach her, all the efforts failed. She insisted to carry a weird tattered doll with her and would like to be alone all the time. She had observed that her daughter liked to play with her own shadow and flap her hands rigrously. She had started reeling up 2-3 times at night. We thought that these might be just developmental blues, but the last straw was her episodes of convulsions with loss of consciousness. She immediately consulted a pediatrician, who counseled her daughter and recommended to take her child to neurologist at the earliest,” shares Mrs Shardha Gupta.
Mrs Shardha Gupta consulted Dr Meena Gupta, Sr Consultant Neurology at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon – an eminent neurologist specializing in pediatric and adult neurology. She has immense experience in treating pediatric patients with epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder and headache. Dr Meena Gupta highlighted the signs and symptoms of autism and categorically stressed on the episodes of seizures.
Dr Meena Gupta recommended some tests to rule out Inborn errors of metabolism and amino acidurial etc along with MRI of the brain & EEG to see any epileptiform discharges. She explained that the child was suffering from Autistic Spectrum Disorder called RETT Syndrome.
According to Dr Meena Gupta, “Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder that affects the way the brain develops, causing a drastic change in behavior, complete regression of communication skills & language social inactivity & peculiar hand movements. Over time, children with Rett syndrome, there is worsening of the symptoms along with gait & coordination. Rett syndrome can also cause seizures and intellectual disability. Although there’s no cure for Rett syndrome, potential treatments are being studied. Current treatment focuses on improving movement and communication and providing care and support for children and adults with Rett syndrome and their families.”
Today Vinnie follows a strict prescription of Anti Epileptic Drugs and follows the guidance of speech and occupational therapist. Support from a psychologist helps her connect with the outside world. Her progress is slow but the confidence in the family is growing as they support their child.
Mrs Shardha Gupta shares emotionally, “My child may not be able to express how much she loves me, but I can. We know what our child has and with therapy and guidance I am hopeful that my daughter will improve.”