viernes, 8 de abril de 2016

In This Issue -- Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches

In This Issue -- Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches

An autistic child with parent

Estimates of the prevalence of autism in the United States vary, but the most recent U.S. Government statistics estimate that about 1 in 68 children (or 1.5 percent of 8-year-old children) have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is no cure for ASD, but research shows that early diagnosis and interventions, such as during preschool or before, are more likely to have major positive effects on symptoms and later skills. Many parents choose complementary health approaches for their children with ASD to help manage symptoms; however, despite this use there is a paucity of high-quality research focused on complementary approaches for ASD. Of the ASD research that has been conducted, most has been in the pediatric population; very few trials of complementary health approaches have been conducted in adults with ASD.
The existing evidence base indicates that melatonin may be beneficial for sleep disorders associated with ASD. Music therapy may have a positive effect on social interaction, and communication and behavioral skills in those affected by ASDs. However, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether other complementary health approaches such as modified diets, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids or vitamin B6, or chelation are efficacious for ASD symptoms.
This issue of the digest provides information on the evidence base of several commonly used complementary health approaches for ASD.

What the Science Says:
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches

Learn what current research has to say about:

Additional Resources

Visit NCCIH’s website to read the full issue of this month’s Clinical Digest

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