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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

'Sensory' Therapies for Autism - No Evidence They Work?

Doubt Cast on Usefulness of 'Sensory' Therapies for Autism - Yahoo! News


MONDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Sensory therapies using brushes, swings and other play equipment are increasingly used by occupational therapists to treat children with developmental issues such as autism, but a large pediatricians organization says there isn't much evidence that such therapies actually work
Still, the group isn't completely discounting the potential of sensory therapies -- it's a ripe area for research, it noted. 
But before parents spend the time and money on taking children to sensory therapy, they should know that, as of now, the techniques are largely unproven
"It's OK for parents to try these types of therapies, but there is little research backing up the effectiveness of these therapies and whether or not they improve long-term outcomes for kids with developmental disabilities," said Dr. Michelle Zimmer, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.




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