Monday, November 19, 2012

Popular autism treatment might not be effective, study finds

A popular treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders might not be effective, according to new findings from a group of 12 researchers, including professors from the University of Texas and Texas State University. The review examined 25 studies of sensory integration therapy, which involve activities that stimulate the senses and are believed to improve defects of the nervous system. Just three studies suggested the popular therapy was effective, eight found mixed results, and 14 reported no related benefits. Many of the studies, including the three that reported positive results, had serious methodological flaws, according to the review, which was published in the July-September issue of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. “We’re not saying (sensory integration therapy) doesn’t work,” said Mark O’Reilly, a co-author and professor at UT. “It lacks scientific evidence.”

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