AHRQ RESEARCH REVEALS MASSAGE, SENSORY INTERVENTIONS IMPROVE AUTISM BEHAVIORS

Sensory-focused interventions – such as massage, swinging and trampoline exercises, and exposure to different textures – reduced sensory and motor impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to an analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), highlighted in the journal Pediatrics. Meanwhile, a separate article in Pediatrics concluded that little evidence currently exists to support the use of nutritional supplements or gluten-free/casein-free diets to improve autistic behaviors in children. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, in particular, have not been shown to improve challenging behaviors and are associated with minor harms, such as infections and fever, skin changes, and gastrointestinal symptoms, researchers concluded.
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