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Archive for the 'Autism' Category

Review: Chiropractic care for autism

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

In addition to impacting the child and family’s quality of life, recent estimates place the lifetime cost for an individual with autism spectrum disorder at $3.2 million.

Researchers at Life Chiropractic College West, in Hayward, California, reviewed the evidence for chiropractic treatment. (more…)

Review: Acupuncture for autism spectrum disorders

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Autism spectrum disorders are characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and lack of flexibility of thought and behavior.

In this Cochrane review, researchers at The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, in China, report on the effectiveness of acupuncture to improve autistic features. (more…)

Sumarizing the mental health implications of music therapy

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Researchers at Kaohsiung Medical University, in Taiwan reviewed the evidence related to music’s effect on people with different mental illnesses. (more…)

Lovass and behavioral intervention for autism

Friday, April 8th, 2011

It’s believed that early intensive behavioral and developmental interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) may enhance developmental outcomes.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee reviewed the evidence in children aged 12 and younger with ASDs. (more…)

Is there a relationship between omega-3 and childrens’ behavior?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

It’s suggested that omega-3 fatty acids might have an effect on disorders such as ADHD, autism, and dyslexia.

Researchers from the University of Wales, in Newport, UK looked for an association between omega-3 tissue levels and learning and behavior in school-aged children. (more…)

First report: St. John’s Wort for autism

Monday, April 4th, 2011

It’s just a report on 3 patients, but it’s important because some people with autism are already taking St. John’s wort. (more…)

Review: Omega-3 fatty acids to treat autistic spectrum disorder

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco tell us the evidence is minimal. (more…)

Massage therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Prof. Ernst and colleagues have reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Review: Melatonin to treat autism spectrum disorders

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Sleep disturbance is common in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and melatonin is widely prescribed despite a lack of guidelines.

Researchers in France reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Consumer Alert: FDA warns about OTC chelation products

Friday, October 15th, 2010

8 companies of over-the-counter (OTC) chelation products were told that they are selling unapproved drugs and devices and are violating federal law with respect to unproven claims about these products.

These products purport to treat a range of diseases by removing toxic metals from the body. Some also claim to treat autism spectrum disorder, cardiovascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and other serious conditions. (more…)

Melatonin to treat insomnia in autistic children

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

During the Sleep 2009 meeting, researchers from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee reported that in children with autism spectrum disorders, low-dose melatonin may be an effective treatment for insomnia. (more…)

Omega-3 supplementation in autistic adults

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Researchers from the University of Pavia in Italy report the results from a small study. (more…)

Chelation study for autism cancelled

Friday, September 19th, 2008

 “The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has decided that resources are better directed at this time to testing other potential therapies for autism spectrum disorders, and is not pursuing the additional review required to begin the study.” (more…)

The Tomatis Method in autism

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Dr Alfred Tomatis developed a technique using modified music to stimulate connections between the ear and the nervous system in order to affect aspects of human development and behavior.

His research suggested that the hearing of many people with autism is severely sensitized to the point that even normal classroom noises are painful and disorienting.

But, is it worth the effort? (more…)

Music therapy and autistic children

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Researchers at Aalborg University in Denmark studied the effects of improvisational music therapy on attention behaviors in autistic pre-school children. (more…)

Snoezelen for dementia

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Snoezelen (or multi-sensory stimulation) is used to promote positive mood in older people with dementia, as well as manage maladaptive behaviors (eg, autism and other behaviors that interfere with everyday activities).

The Snoezelen (pronounced SNOOzelen) environment provides gentle stimulation of the primary senses. The objective is to overcome inhibitions, enhance self-esteem, and reduce tension.

A Cochrane review found no scientific support, but others disagree. (more…)

Use of CAM by children with autism

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Dr. Susan Levy reviewed charts for 284 patients at the Regional Autism Center, which is associated with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She found that 32% of the children were using CAM.

Here’s why her work is important.


Studying the effects of omega-3 on children with autism

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna think “omega-3 fatty acids may be an effective treatment for children with autism.” (more…)

Chiropractic and autism: What’s the evidence?

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

“Many chiropractors and other manipulative therapists purport to treat autism and related disorders with good improvements,” according to a review in Clinical Chiropractic.

Aside from case reports, support for the role of chiropractic is limited to one study in 26 autistic children who were followed for 9 months.

Here are the results.


Might aromatherapy massage improve sleep in children with autism?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

In an earlier post it was concluded that lavender oil treatments might be helpful for treating insomnia in adults. Children with autism often have sleep difficulties. But this latest study suggests it does not appear that their sleep patterns are altered by this treatment.

Here are the details of the study. Do you agree with the conclusions?