Boai Hospital Partners with Neural Galaxy to Care for Children with Autism
Children with autism are also referred to as "children of the stars" because they live in their own world like the stars in the sky. According to the "Report on the Development of China's Autism Education and Rehabilitation Industry III", the number of autism cases is increasing year by year. The report, quoting the latest statistics from the United States, points out that the incidence rate has risen from 1/88 in 2009 to 1/45 of 2019. At present, the global incidence rate is 1%. In China, there are about 2 million children under 12 with autism.
With the mission of "breaking through the bottleneck of neural research and winning the battle against brain disease", Neural Galaxy currently is able to identify the autistic children’s neural abnormalities in functional activities with the unique "Precision Brain Function Atlas" technology and helps doctors understand autism from the perspective of circuit architecture of brain functions.
At the same time, Neural Galaxy has also joined many medical institutions to participate in charity activities that support children with autism. Recently, a Neural Galaxy R&D team composed of a dozen of experts visited Beijing Boai Hospital, China Rehabilitation Research Centre, to support "children of the stars" with companionship and care, hoping to make them shine in the world.
Providing companion and caring for these "children of the stars" proves to be a moving experience for these R&D team members, who usually spend their time in the laboratory on weekdays:
”Ms. Ping: "When caring for these children, we need to be more patient and understanding. After a while, you will gradually know that they can actually feel and will respond to your care and love. There is one child whom I have spent time with on my several visits. He remembers me, and my heart melted when he rubbed his head against my shoulder."
”Betty: "Children with autism like to be in their own world, and it is difficult for us to attract their attention. However, in the interactive music therapy sessions, when the teacher played gentle music, a little boy who was throwing a tantrum immediately calmed down. He is very sensitive to music."
”Student Wan: "I was with a child who was receiving behavioural intervention therapy. When he made a little progress, I saw that his grandmother's expression was full of excitement and joy."
Although the word autism is drawing growing attention in recent years, people still have some misunderstandings about the disease and are not paying enough attention to this group of patients. At the same time, according to China’s first "Report on the Domestic Development of Education and Rehabilitation on Autism", about 90% of the educational institutions are organized by the parents of autistic children, and there is a serious shortage of teachers and funds for special education in this area.
”A parent of a child with autism once stated, "Instead of sympathy, we need more tolerance and understanding from society. They are a promising group. If society can understand and care more about children with autism, it will help them to live a normal life."
”As Shen Keshang, director of the Chinese documentary "Children on Faraway Planets," said, "We look at a beautiful and distant planet, and see the children from distant planets landing on the earth one by one. Maybe they just need a good tour guide who can understand where they are from and they have a different culture from ours, and who can also help them realize that the earth has different rules of life. Each of us can try to be that tour guide."
The Neural Galaxy is more than just a responsible "tour guide", providing loving care to counter loneliness. More importantly, Neural Galaxy has gained more insights of the brain from the perspective of systems neuroscience. The intervention of the neural connectivity with corresponding areas realizes the functional reconstruction. At present, its collaborative clinical trials with top medical institutions have seen exciting progress.
On the promising road to advance the treatment of autism, Neural Galaxy gives an assurance to autistic children and their families that they are not alone.