Why Are There So Many Unsubstantiated Treatments in Autism?

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
December 27, 2012

An estimated 32-92% of parents use complementary/alternative treatments for their children with ASD despite the lack of scientific evidence for the efficacy of these methods. In this article, researchers issue a call for a standardized way to select and evaluate treatments. Barriers to successful treatment, including high costs, limited availability, parental compliance and poor recommendations from professionals are discussed.