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Does any one have good information on autism treatments?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ridiculous

To say that testimonies, stories and anecdotes are a source of proof, despite not holding up to scientific journal standards is ridiculous.
These standards exist in order to ascertain the truth as best we are able. Look for help from these proven sources of therapy, not unproven potentially dangerous therapies, such as chelation.

In brief: Ridiculous

To say that testimonies, stories and anecdotes are a source of proof, despite not holding up to scientific journal standards is ridiculous.
These standards exist in order to ascertain the truth as best we are able. Look for help from these proven sources of therapy, not unproven potentially dangerous therapies, such as chelation.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple treatments

Early idenification.
Applied behavioral analysis, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medications for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. Group therapy. Support groups. And dont forget a multivitamin!

In brief: Multiple treatments

Early idenification.
Applied behavioral analysis, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medications for severe aggression, hyperactivity, or even with repetitive behaviors. Risperdal is actually an fda approved medication to treat autism. Group therapy. Support groups. And dont forget a multivitamin!
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Alternative View

www.autism.
com (for info you will not find at the nimh) one study showing hyperbaric treatment did show effectiveness: http://www.Springerlink.Com/content/675g44042634407w/ some studies are small and therefore not considered strong proof. Anecdotes and testimonies and success stories are a form of proof, but not up to academic journal standards.

In brief: Alternative View

www.autism.
com (for info you will not find at the nimh) one study showing hyperbaric treatment did show effectiveness: http://www.Springerlink.Com/content/675g44042634407w/ some studies are small and therefore not considered strong proof. Anecdotes and testimonies and success stories are a form of proof, but not up to academic journal standards.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Some therapy options

All of dr. J's recs.
Are great. Evidence-based therapies include applied behavioral analysis, the developmental-individual difference-relationship based model (dir), & the early start denver model. Early entry, daily participation, & intensive/repetitive therapy at the child's developmental are keys to success. Later, pragmatics of language & social skills group therapy. See autism-society.Org.

In brief: Some therapy options

All of dr. J's recs.
Are great. Evidence-based therapies include applied behavioral analysis, the developmental-individual difference-relationship based model (dir), & the early start denver model. Early entry, daily participation, & intensive/repetitive therapy at the child's developmental are keys to success. Later, pragmatics of language & social skills group therapy. See autism-society.Org.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: NIMH

National institutes of mental health have the best information that is supported by experts in the field of autism research & treatment.
Be wary of diet, vitamin, hyperbaric chamber or other unorthodox treatments, as they have not been proven to be effective. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.shtml.

In brief: NIMH

National institutes of mental health have the best information that is supported by experts in the field of autism research & treatment.
Be wary of diet, vitamin, hyperbaric chamber or other unorthodox treatments, as they have not been proven to be effective. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders/index.shtml.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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