Summary of autism treatments

Thanks Paul

Infectious Behavior

Our collaborator at Arizona State University, James Adams, has put together a useful summary and analysis (with references) of the incredibly diverse array of autism treatments out there – including many pharmaceuticals, diets, dietary supplements, chelation, hyperbaric oxygen, etc. This is intended for the lay public.

Another fascinating feature of this PDF is a table showing the results of ratings of all of these treatments obtained from surveys of >27,000 parents of autistic kids. Such results must be taken with a grain of salt because these are not double blind clinical trials but rather the opinions of parents on the benefits and drawbacks of treatments they have tried. Thus, there is the risk of a placebo effect. Nonetheless, there are so many negative ratings on this list that the placebo effect may not be such a big problem – altho it could still be relevant to particular treatments. I reprint…

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