Autism presents as a neuro-developmental disorder and is affecting a growing number of children in different ways.

Autism is known as a spectrum disorder, involving:

  • speech-language delays;
  • impaired social interaction;
  • sensory integration dysregulation;
  • self-stimulatory and ritualistic behaviour, as well as
  • other behavioural or mental challenges.

People presenting on the Autism Spectrum can have:

  • difficulty interacting with others;
  • inappropriate responses to social conversations;
  • cannot interpret nonverbal communication; and also
  • have difficulty initiating and maintaining friendships appropriate for their age group.

Other challenges include:

  • becoming set in and dependent on routines;
  • sensitivity to external stimuli;
  • difficulty dealing with change;
  • oppositional and defiant behaviour when being guided, and
  • becoming overly interested or fixated on certain topics or objects.

Each level on the Autism Spectrum comes with a variable range of presentation.


Dr Louise Lindenberg runs an integrative medical practice in Durbanville, Cape Town. She incorporates dietary intervention, supplementation, nutrition, phytotherapy/herbal medicine, and allopathic medicine in a holistic health care environment. Her passion is working with children on the Autistic Spectrum, including Autism, PDD, ADD, ADHD and behavioural problems.

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