Therapies for autism questioned



Cathy O'Leary

Parents of autistic children could be wasting their time and money on alternative therapies that do not work and could be unsafe, according to Perth researchers.

A review of international studies by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has cast doubt on the effectiveness of some complementary and alternative therapies aimed at autistic children. Researcher Andrew Whitehouse and his team found little scientific evidence they worked.

They included modified diets, immune therapy, vitamin and fatty acid supplements and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The only therapy showing evidence that it worked was melatonin, a natural human hormone that can be synthetically created as medicine. The review found it helped some autistic children improve their sleep patterns.

The institute is working to find better ways of detecting, diagnosing, managing and helping children with autism.

 

Source: yahoo

 



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