Autism Spectrum Disorder and Complementary Health Approaches

Parents whose children have autism spectrum disorder may choose complementary health approaches for their affected children. Melatonin may help with ASD-associated sleep disorders and music therapy may have other positive effects, but the efficacy of other complementary health approaches is uncertain.
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AbstractMucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are a group of lysosomal multisystemic, chronic, and progressive diseases characterized by the storage of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) that may affect the central nervous system. Neuronopathic MPS such as MPS IH, MPS II, MPS IIIA –D, and MPS VII are characterized by neurocognitive regression. In severe MPS I (MPS IH, or Hurler syndrome) initial developmental trajectory is usually unremarkable but cognitive development shows a plateau by 2 to 4 years of age and then progressively regresses with aging. Patients with neuronop athic MPS II have a plateau of cognitive and adaptive developm...
Source: Italian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
Beloved Hollywood celebrities, famous politicians or members of the British royal family: no better advertisement for fitness tracker producers and health tech companies. As models, actors and actresses are highly influential people, their early adoption of digital solutions could also push the masses towards living more healthily with technologies. On the other hand, celebrities are inclined to follow questionable health trends, too, which go against decades of medical evidence. Those examples, everyone should rather reject. Wearables conquered Hollywood, the White House, and the British royal family Celebrities are all a...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Social media in Healthcare celebrities digital health digital technologies digital technology famous fitness future health influencer health influencers Hollywood trackers trends wearables wellness Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsThese results suggest that too much screen time may be related to sleep problems for young children with and without ASD. Parents also may need advice about maintaining appropriate thermal comfort for their sleeping child. Although these findings provide preliminary relationships and require replication and specific intervention recommendations, these results are particularly important for children with ASD who are at high risk for poor sleep.
Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Abstract Sleep problems were studied in both typically developing (TD) children and those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children. Factors associated with these problems were also studied in children with ASD. Seventy-three children with ASD and their age and sex matched TD controls in age group of 3-12 years were enrolled in the study. Higher sleep problems were found in children with ASD than TD children. Most common sleep problem reported in children with ASD was Sleep Wake Transition Disorders, followed by Disorder of Initiation and Maintenance; while in TD contr...
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
Prescriptions for short periods are considered safe, but there is little research into the long-term effectsIn daylight hours there is so little melatonin in the bloodstream that it is barely detectable. But when the sun goes down, the eyes sense the failing light, and part of the hippocampus signals the pineal gland, a pea-sized lump of tissue near the centre of the brain, to ramp up production of the sleep-promoting hormone. Levels of melatonin rise sharply from 9pm, inducing feelings of sleepiness, and remain high until the following morning.Much of the research on prescribing melatonin for children with sleep problems ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Science Sleep Child protection Health & wellbeing Children Social care Society UK news Source Type: news
Abstract Anecdotal evidence of successful cannabis treatment in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are accumulating but clinical studies are lacking. This retrospective study assessed tolerability and efficacy of cannabidiol-rich cannabis, in 60 children with ASD and severe behavioral problems (age = 11.8 ± 3.5, range 5.0-17.5; 77% low functioning; 83% boys). Efficacy was assessed using the Caregiver Global Impression of Change scale. Adverse events included sleep disturbances (14%) irritability (9%) and loss of appetite (9%). One girl who used higher tetrahydrocannabinol had a trans...
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
Conclusions and implicationsAmong children with ASD aggressive behavior independently predicts sleep problems. The model's high sensitivity for identifying children at risk and its accurate prediction of low risk can help with treatment and prevention of sleep problems. Further data collection may provide better prediction through methods requiring larger samples.
Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
This study explored whether adolescents with elevated levels of subclinical autistic traits are at heightened risk for sleep problems.
Source: Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
Fall is the empty nest time of year; even the trees must deal with the fact of their seeds dropping off to start new lives. And I am an old mother, dealing with my children’s departure for years. My son Nat has lived away from us for eleven years. But this particular autumn I find myself unable to shake my sadness, the feeling that there has been a permanent shift, and that I’m not ready for it. Like many families, Nat, who is my oldest moved into a residential school at 17. Unlike many families, this was a school for students with severe autism.  The move out of the home is so dreaded by most autism famil...
Source: Susan's Blog - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs
Journal of Sleep Research, EarlyView.
Source: Journal of Sleep Research - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
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