What is autism

What is autism?

Uno de los tratamientos principales que tenemos en el Centro Hiperbárico de Estepona es la oxigenoterapia hiperbárica neurológica. Más concretamente, nos hemos especializado en el tratamiento de personas con autismo, sobretodo en la aplicación en niños.

Because of this, we wanted to talk about this disorder so that we can better understand what it encompasses and what it means for a person to have it in their day-to-day life.

Definición de Autismo

ASD, or autism spectrum disorder, can often result in incomprehension for people who have it.

If we ask ourselves what autism is, in the Spanish Autism Confederation, they define it in the following way:

ASD is a disorder of neurobiological origin that affects the configuration of the nervous system and brain functioning, giving rise to difficulties in two main areas: communication and social interaction and flexibility of thought and behavior.

About ASD. Autismo España

It must be understood that when we speak of autism we do so from the perspective of a set of alterations, which affect each patient to different degrees and in different ways. In a generic way it can be established that this disorder affects brain functioning and neurodevelopment, which results in difficulties in social integration, behavior and communication, among other conditions.

When did autism arise?

The term autism was first coined in 1988 by Lorna Wing, defining it as the alteration it causes:

1- Disorder in the capacities of social recognition. 2- Disorder in the capacities of social communication. 3- Repetitive patterns of activity, tendency to routine and difficulties in social imagination.

Autism in Spain

Although there are no exact figures, it is estimated that around 450,000 people live with this disorder in Spain, including men, women and, above all, children. Moreover, according to data from the Spanish Association of Autism Professionals (AETAPI), 1 out of every 100 children is born with ASD.

Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder with Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric medicine achieves greater sociability and an increase in its connection with the family and its environment, in people who suffer this neurological alternation. The first consultation is free of charge with our doctor, who will evaluate your case and recommend the best treatment for each patient.

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