Why doctors need to walk a 'fine line' when talking to parents about alternative therapies for autism

Given that many parents of children with autism seek out complementary and alternative therapies, the Canadian Paediatric Society says it's important that doctors get informed and talk about them — especially since those therapies are often expensive, unproven and even potentially harmful.
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Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
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The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print.
Source: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex heterogeneous neurological disorder that has led to a spectrum of diagnosis techniques. The screening instruments, medical and technological tools initiate the diagnosis process. Clinicians and psychologists propose therapies depending on the examination done by these methodologies. The literature has accounted dozens of diagnostic methods and alternative and complementary therapies but still lack in highlighting the proper biomarker for early detection and intervention. The emerging multi-modal neuro-imaging techniques have correlated the brain's functional and structural measur...
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CONCLUSIONS: Research has shown of high rates of use of complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) for children with autism including gluten and/or casein exclusion diets. Current evidence for efficacy of these diets is poor. Large scale, good quality randomised controlled trials are needed. PMID: 30938835 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is widely used both in the general population and for the treatment of somatic and psychiatric disorders. Studies on CAM use among patients with autism spectrum dis...
Source: BMC Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Despite the need for further, more standardized research, the results of the studies included in this review allow us to conclude that EAAT may be a useful form of therapy in children with ASD. PMID: 30670226 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
In conclusion, the efficacy of OHM is promising for some pediatric neurological disorders such as epilepsy and cerebral palsy. However, more high-quality evidence is needed to make clinical recommendations on OHM use. PMID: 30518236 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The American Journal of Chinese Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Am J Chin Med Source Type: research
AbstractIdentification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been occurring at earlier ages, leading to a need for interventions that suit this age range. Because young children ’s development is highly dependent on adults and positive adult relationships, fields that traditionally have success in treating ASD, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), must explicitly consider relationships. At the same time, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health (I/ECMH) specialists that h ave traditionally focused on the parent and child relationship must recognize the importance of addressing atypical or difficult child behavior as ...
Source: Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Child Development Source Type: research
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