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Parental experience with treatments for Autism


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Green, VA 2007 , 'Parental experience with treatments for Autism' , Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, vol. 19, no. 2 , pp. 91-101 , doi: 10.1007/s10882-007-9035-y.

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Nineteen parents of children with autismwere interviewed about their experiences
with autism treatments. These parents had originally participated in an Internet survey of
treatments for autism and were randomly selected to participate in the follow-up telephone
interview. The questions focused on three current treatments that have varying empirical
support in the research literature, namely Applied Behavior Analysis, Sensory Integration
therapy, and a combination of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. Most parents received information
about these treatments from the Internet, other parents, and occupational therapists.
In addition to recommendations from professionals and other parents to use a particular
treatment, the study showed that ease of implementation, time commitment, and perceived
effectiveness may also contribute to the continued use of treatments that lack empirical support.
The findings highlight the need for parents to have access to unbiased, scientifically
validated information about treatments for autism.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Green, VA
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Publisher: Springer Science
ISSN: 1056-263X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10882-007-9035-y
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