Complementary and alternative medicine treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders.

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TitleComplementary and alternative medicine treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLevy, SE, Hyman, SL
JournalChild Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am
Volume17
Issue4
Pagination803-20, ix
Date Published2008 Oct
ISSN1056-4993
KeywordsAdolescent, Autistic Disorder, Child, Combined Modality Therapy, Complementary Therapies, Dietary Supplements, Evidence-Based Medicine, Humans, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Abstract

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments are commonly used for children with autism spectrum disorders. This review discusses the evidence supporting the most frequently used treatments, including categories of mind-body medicine, energy medicine, and biologically based, manipulative, and body-based practices, with the latter two treatments the most commonly selected by families. Clinical providers need to understand the evidence for efficacy (or lack thereof) and potential side effects. Some CAM practices have evidence to reject their use, such as secretin, whereas others have emerging evidence to support their use, such as melatonin. Most treatments have not been adequately studied and do not have evidence to support their use.

DOI10.1016/j.chc.2008.06.004
Alternate JournalChild Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am
PubMed ID18775371
PubMed Central IDPMC2597185
Grant ListM01 RR000044-430774 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States
P01 HD035466-05 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
UL1 RR024160-02S17770 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States
UL1 RR024160 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States
P01 HD035466 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
UL1RR024160 / RR / NCRR NIH HHS / United States
P01HD35466 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
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