The world of complementary and alternative medicine may seem a little mystical and vague. Search suggestions from Google emphasize what many parents want to know: “Does it actually work?” But, more specifically, is acupuncture effective in treating a complex condition like autism spectrum disorder? What is acupuncture? Acupuncture has been around for a long time;

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Some of us enjoy the occasional trip to the spa; not only is it a form of self-care but it also offers us the opportunity to relieve tension. Treatments offered can range from hot stones, to trigger point massages including vibration massages. It’s therefore hardly surprising that vibration therapy for autism is believed to soothe

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Discoveries about the biological treatment of autism symptoms are growing and are hot topics for parents seeking solutions to assist their children. One area scientists have been looking into for some years with limited success is secretin as a treatment for symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The first study into the use of secretin

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Intense tantrums, aggression, and self-injury are some of the most worrying symptoms associated with autism. These behaviors are usually addressed with therapy, but doctors may decide that medication is needed.  Risperidone is an antipsychotic sometimes prescribed to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Let’s explore what this drug does and whether it’s effective for kids

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Claire Delano, BA

Ever since my autism diagnosis 25 years ago, doctors and therapists have been a regular part of my life. I’ve run the gamut of antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs; I’ve seen countless therapists in my journey recovering from PTSD, social anxiety, and addiction. Despite keeping an open mind, when I was offered a course of hypnotherapy

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Lucinda Herbert, BA (Hons)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex condition with symptoms varying from difficulties in communication and interaction, to special interests and repetitive behaviors, to sensory sensitivities. For this reason, new autism treatment methods are regularly unveiled and often focus on different elements of the spectrum. It is important to note that, while scientists drive research

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

For some families at-home therapy, led by parents as primary therapists, became a necessity during lockdown. Relationship Development Intervention is a home-based, potentially effective treatment that may help parents promote dynamic intelligence, social skills and flexibility in their autistic children. Banana bread, zooming (that’s a verb now) in pajama bottoms, and doing everything from home

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

How do we think about movement? Are the differences between healthy movement patterns and deficits easy to spot? How much do individual movement skills vary? Families of children with autism spectrum disorder are often confronted with technical terms and diagnoses related to physical abilities; “low tone”,“motor planning delays”,and “trunk stability deficits”. Physical therapy can provide

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Eric Chessen, MS

The wonders of modern medicine have led to a greater understanding of how our bodies function from the cellular level and how these manifest in the physical. In turn, this has lead to the evolution of suramin for autism as well as other drugs for neurological conditions. Several drugs have been developed over recent years and,

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Parents seeking advice about herbs for children with autism may be entering a battlefield; with conventional, western medicine on one side and complementary and alternative medicine on the other… Many proponents of herbal, Chinese, complementary and alternative treatments view these remedies with an almost religious fervour. Sceptics, including many in the medical profession, roll their

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

To be completely honest I had my doubts when we introduced online services at AIMS Global.  We, just like the rest of the world, had to adapt to a “new normal” and thus created training workshops to help our current therapists transfer their amazing “in-home” support to a virtual platform. With any change, anxiety increases

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Karla Pretorius, M. Psych and Nanette Botha, BEd

“Imagine your son was dropped in the middle of China, without a phone, a map or a grasp of the language and he was expected to find his way home by himself.  Picture that and then you have an inkling of what life is like for him every day.”. (Tsachi Manor, Clinical Psychologist) If we

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Deborah French

The treatment of lice is one of the primary reasons the insects are such an irritating pest. On their own, the creatures are itchy and annoying, and treating them is an extensive and time-consuming process. Treating them on your children is even more difficult, and if your child is sensory sensitive, it can be agonizing

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Maggie Marshall, MFA

Your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy has been recommended. The gold standard for treating children with autism, ABA is a behavioral learning program that requires intense treatment, with up to 40 hours per week prescribed. The intensity of treatment is a proven factor that directly

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Jeffrey William Skibitsky, MA, BCBA, LBA