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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Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
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Source: Headlines - Category: Radiology Source Type: news
We report four children with narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - Asperger syndrome (AS). To the best of our knowledge co-occurrence of NT1 and AS has not been described in the literature.
Source: Sleep Medicine - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Brief Communication Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewMelatonin is used to treat sleep difficulties associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are growing evidence that melatonin could have an effect on other symptoms than sleep, such as anxiety, depression, pain, and gastrointestinal dysfunctions. Interestingly, these symptoms frequently are found as comorbid conditions in individuals with ASD. We aimed to highlight the potential effect of melatonin on these symptoms.Recent FindingsAnimal and human studies show that melatonin reduces anxiety. Regarding the effect of melatonin on pain, animal studies are promising, but results remain hetero...
Source: Current Developmental Disorders Reports - Category: Child Development Source Type: research
Abstract This brief report examines the implementation of dietary intervention utilizing the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) for the management of gastrointestinal issues in a 4 year old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). Data relating to anthropometrics, dietary intake, blood markers, gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, sleep issues, and behavioral concerns were gathered at baseline and after 4 months of dietary intervention. The dietary intervention was well tolerated. Improvements in nutrient status, GI symptoms, and behavioral domains were reported. The use o...
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
In an online chat, SLP Donna Murray discusses how to address co-occurring conditions to create an effective learning environment for children with autism spectrum disorder. Participant: If a participant was to remember or put into practice only one idea from your session, what would that one key takeaway be? Donna Murray: I think the most important takeaway is to consider co-occurring conditions when making accommodations for successful intervention. For example, anxiety is very common in children with ASD and providing use of visual supports to predict upcoming activities as well as ending of activities can be very helpfu...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology anxiety autism Autism Spectrum Disorder social communication disorder Source Type: blogs
Source: Developmental Neurorehabilitation - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
Discussion “Literacy is traditionally meant as the ability to read and write. The modern term’s meaning has been expanded to include the ability to use language, numbers, images, computers, and other basic means to understand, communicate, gain useful knowledge, solve mathematical problems and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture.” The earliest written communication was in 3500-3000 BCE, with the earliest alphabet being from 1200-750 BCE. Although the percentage of the world’s adult literacy rate is increasing each decade by ~5%, “…from 55.7 per cent in 1950 to 86.2 per cent in...
Source: - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 24 July 2018Source: Academic PediatricsAuthor(s): Ann M Neumeyer, Julia Anixt, James Chan, James Perrin, Donna Murray, Daniel L Coury, Amanda Bennett, Justin Farmer, Robert A ParkerAbstractBackgroundChildren with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have high prevalence of co-occurring medical conditions including speech, sleep, and gastrointestinal disorders (constipation and feeding difficulties), developmental delay, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, hypotonia, epilepsy, anxiety, disruptive behavior, pica, and eczema. Less is known about whether these commonly co-exist in the same c...
Source: Academic Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
I don’t play. I don’t do games. When one of my colleagues in the industry asked me what educational games I would recommend for the summer I found myself thinking: What do I know about games? What do I know about playing? I reached out to a few friends and did some cursory research but generally felt uninspired. As I dug a little deeper, I realized I was battling a familiar pang: mother guilt layered upon the recognition that I don’t play enough with my daughter. I do laundry, I pack the bags, I obsess about whether or not we’ll make it out of the door on time for school, sports, playdate, doctor ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: ADHD and ADD Autism Children and Teens Communication Parenting Self-Help Source Type: blogs
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