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, 17 (4), 803-20, ix

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Susan E Levy et al. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.

Abstract

Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments are commonly used for children with autism spectrum disorders. This review discusses the evidence supporting the most frequently used treatments, including categories of mind-body medicine, energy medicine, and biologically based, manipulative, and body-based practices, with the latter two treatments the most commonly selected by families. Clinical providers need to understand the evidence for efficacy (or lack thereof) and potential side effects. Some CAM practices have evidence to reject their use, such as secretin, whereas others have emerging evidence to support their use, such as melatonin. Most treatments have not been adequately studied and do not have evidence to support their use.

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