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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Treatment at IRM Hospital

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of neurodevelopmental disorders predominantly characterized by impaired social functioning and communication disturbances. Symptoms can include intense focus on one item, unresponsiveness, lack of understanding social cues (like tone of voice or body language), repetitive movements, or self-abusive behavior like head-banging.

The severity of the symptoms varies widely among affected individuals. Other possible symptoms include learning to speak relatively late, not playing interactively with other children, avoidance of eye contact, lack of empathy, and social withdrawal. Children with ASD who have not developed sufficient language skills may act out, including screaming or crying, to express their needs. It is important to note that people with ASD may vary widely in their level of functioning, and not all people with ASD will experience all of the symptoms listed.

Early Intervention and Diagnostic Services

Recognizing the importance of early intervention, IRM Hospital provides comprehensive diagnostic services to identify ASD in young children. Early diagnosis is crucial for starting intervention strategies that can significantly impact a child’s development and quality of life.

Family Support and Education

Understanding that autism affects the entire family, IRM Hospital offers extensive support and educational resources for parents and siblings. These programs are designed to educate families about ASD, providing them with the tools to support their loved one effectively.

Engaging in Innovative Research

IRM Hospital is not only a treatment center but also a research facility actively engaged in studying ASD to uncover new treatment modalities. Participation in global research initiatives ensures that the hospital remains at the forefront of autism care, offering the most advanced therapies available.

Successes By
combining stem cell and routine therapies

By combining stem cell and routine therapies, the following successes can be achieved

• Cognitive development.
• Development of increase in learning capacity
• Development of being more adequate and diligent
• Development of remembering information in a shorter time and keeping it in memory for longer
• Environmental and adaptation development
• Gastrointestinal (digestive system) function development
• Immune system development

Precision & Advancement in Modern Treatments

medical emergency services at IRM
Hospital, Islamabad, reflect a deep-seated commitment to saving lives and providing the highest level of care in moments of crisis.

Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Strategies

In addition to ABA, IRM Hospital offers a suite of therapeutic services tailored to the needs of ASD patients:

  • Speech Therapy: Enhances communication skills, facilitating better interaction with others.
  • Occupational Therapy: Focuses on improving daily living and motor skills, encouraging independence.
  • Sensory Integration Therapy: Aims to help children better process and respond to sensory information.
  • Social Skills Training: Designed to improve interpersonal abilities, essential for building relationships.

HOW AUTISM IS TREATED TRADITIONALLY

The most effective treatments available today are

  • ●  Applied behavioral analysis (ABA)

  • ●  Occupational therapy

  • ●  Speech therapy

  • ●  Physical therapy

  • ●  Pharmacological therapy
    Treatment works to minimize the impact of the core features and associated deficits of

    ASD and to maximize functional independence and quality of life.

ASD Treatment

IRM is the institute of regenerative medicine that works and focuses on the management of patients with autism spectrum disorder and other neuro degenerative diseases by using stem cell treatment.

How is IRM treatment different from others?

Stem Cell Therapy (SCT) at IRMs is a holistic approach to treating autism spectrum disorder. we will be administrating 1-3 million cell per kg body weight intra venously and intrathecally and 75 to 100 million exosomes .

In addition to this we will be providing I/V nutrition and cold laser therapy during the procedure.

 

What is intrathecal therapy?

In the application of cells through a lumbar puncture, the cells are applied to the spine and travel directly to the neurological system, the liquid will always be 1ml regardless of the agreed amount of cells, we DO NOT extract any liquid from the patient , is performed by an anesthesiologist expert in children under the effect of anesthesia, therefore the child will not feel any discomfort, during the same anesthesia IV application will be made.

This procedure is completely optional and is 100% safe, the objective is to infiltrate cells in the spine, to have a rapid absorption and arrival in the neural system.

How are donors selected?

IRM has agreements with private practice gynecologists, who refer their patients who meet the selection criteria to us. Then they are contacted by the laboratory to ask for their donation.

What tests do donors undergo?

What age group or criteria must donors meet?

The criterion is that she is a first-time mother, between 18 and 25 years old, in good health.

What type of anesthesia is used during intrathecal treatment?

sevoflurane is the gas used are the gases we use. The anesthesia we use is sedation, and breathing is never blocked, we don’t intubate, the patient is always breathing on their own. Preparation: 5 hours of fasting, in the morning. After the procedure, the patient will have food in the hospital.

What does cryopreservation

mean?

The cells are preserved at a temperature that slows

down the metabolic index and vital functions.

What does fresh not frozen cells

mean?

Why are the cells put in a glass

vial? Is it the best form of

transportation?

Special glass vials are used since one of the properties of

Stem Cells is that they are highly adherent to any other type

of material.

ABOUT THE THERAPY & CELLS…

Fresh Stem Cells are those that are harvested daily.

IRM have daily cell production, that’s why we apply

cells harvested the same day

Who is our ONLY Supplier of

Mesenchymal Stem Cells?

IRM has its own laboratory that cultures and provides the

stem cells.About The TreatmentHow can I get proposals for

treatment?

If you wish to obtain a proposal for treatment, you

must share the following information with us so that

our medical team can evaluate it and offer you

various options. After being evaluated, we will send

you the various proposals so that you can schedule

once you have approved the treatment. your choice.

ABOUT THE TREATMENT.

What are the general

characteristics of the treatment?

The treatment offered at IRM is a one month plan that includes

Blood work for initial assessment

Name of parent or tutor

Child’s name and age

Country

Weight

Allergies

Medication

Diagnosis (functionality)

3 sessions of stem cells , each after a week for

3 consecutive weeks

18 sessions of behaviour therapy

18 sessisons of speecg therapy

10 sessions of cold laser

1 month diet plan.

How many treatments does your child need ?

Follow ups are advised after 6 months of the initial first month treatment. Then depending on the patient and its progress the number of treatments can vary from 2 to 6.

What side effects may your child have after treatment?

In some cases, children may present the following symptoms, however, it is important to mention that the doctors are pending throughout the treatment to provide the necessary care, as well as the necessary diet and hydration after treatment.

Fever, Dizziness, Threw up, Headache
Before any treatment in the operating room, any disease, especially in the respiratory tract, should be reported to the doctor, to carry out the necessary evaluation. If there is an illness before leaving your city, we recommend re-scheduling your trip.

ABOUT PROCEDURE AND RESULTS

Once they are registered with us we will provide a treatment plan according to the patients availability and duration of stay in the city.

On day 1, The patient and the family will have consultations with the Stem cell Consultant and his team ( behavior therapist , speech therapist and nutrition therapist) and samples for blood tests are taken.

ABOUT PROCEDURE

From 2nd day

first session of the treatment Patient is sedated and stem cells are injected through IV route. Cold laser session is done while the patient is still in the OT/ procedure room.

The rest of the days of the week are allocated for allied therapies ( same goes for the second and third week)

Second week

second session of stem cells is carried out . Intra thecal route

is suggested but it is optional.

Third week

Third session of stem cells done through IV route

Final consultation and a home plan is issued on the last

day of this treatment plan

Do not forget to attend the recommendations of the

doctors after the treatment.What are the expected results in patients?

Autism is a complex disorder with a combination of different symptoms that make the patient

vulnerable to different problems. With the invention of stem cell replacement therapy, parents

have had more confidence and hope for the good prognosis of their children. Stem cell therapy

has the potential to be more effective than previous methods and carries less risk.

ABOUT THE RESULTS.

Expected result 2:

More independence, mobility, coordination and walking after six months of the application.

Doctors comment that the maximum benefit in children between 2-5 years is after the initial six months.

How is IRM treatment different from others?

Stem Cell Therapy (SCT) at IRMs is a holistic approach to treating autism spectrum disorder. we will be administrating 1-3 million cell per kg body weight intra venously and intrathecally and 75 to 100 million exosomes .

In addition to this we will be providing I/V nutrition and cold laser therapy during the procedure.

About The Therapy & Cells

What is intrathecal therapy?

In the application of cells through a lumbar puncture, the cells are applied to the spine and travel directly to the neurological system, the liquid will always be 1ml regardless of the agreed amount of cells, we DO NOT extract any liquid from the patient , is performed by an anesthesiologist expert in children under the effect of anesthesia, therefore the child will not feel any discomfort, during the same anesthesia IV application will be made.

This procedure is completely optional and is 100% safe, the objective is to infiltrate cells in the spine, to have a rapid absorption and arrival in the neural system.

How are donors selected?

IRM has agreements with private practice gynecologists, who refer their patients who meet the selection criteria to us. Then they are contacted by the laboratory to ask for their donation.

What tests do donors undergo?

What age group or criteria must donors meet?

The criterion is that she is a first-time mother, between 18 and 25 years old, in good health.

Collaboration with Ambulance Services

IRM Hospital's emergency services are complemented by a robust collaboration with ambulance services, ensuring swift medical attention from the moment of crisis. The hospital's ambulance fleet is equipped with advanced life-saving equipment and staffed by experienced paramedics, providing essential pre-hospital care and ensuring patients are transported to the hospital.

Training and Preparedness

The excellence of emergency services at IRM Hospital is underpinned by the ongoing training and preparedness of its healthcare professionals. Regular drills and training sessions ensure that the emergency department staff is always ready to respond to a wide array of medical emergencies, from natural disasters to mass casualty incidents.

FAQs

1. Can autism be cured at IRM Hospital?

While there is no cure for autism, IRM Hospital offers comprehensive treatment strategies to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism.

2. Is early intervention crucial in ASD treatment?

Yes, early intervention is crucial as it can lead to better outcomes. IRM Hospital emphasizes early diagnosis and intervention.

3. What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

Applied Behavior Analysis is a behavioral therapy technique used at IRM Hospital to teach new skills and reduce problem behaviors in individuals with autism.

4. How can parents get involved in the treatment process?

IRM Hospital promotes family-centered care, involving parents and caregivers in the treatment process and providing them with guidance and support.

5. Are medications always necessary in ASD treatment?

Medication is considered on a case-by-case basis. IRM Hospital’s medical team evaluates each patient’s needs before prescribing medication as part of the treatment plan.

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