Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 36, Issue 7, pp 901–909

Patterns of Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapy Use in Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0131-0

Cite this article as:
Wong, H.H.L. & Smith, R.G. J Autism Dev Disord (2006) 36: 901. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0131-0


Previous studies suggest that complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy use in children with chronic illnesses is higher than in children in the general population. In this study, we investigated patterns of CAM therapy use in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD, n = 50) as compared to a control population of children with no ASD (n = 50). Over half of the parents in the ASD group reported using, or had used at least one CAM therapy for their child (52%) as compared to 28% of the control group (P = 0.024). Seventy percent of therapies used in the ASD group were biologically based therapies comprised of special diets or supplements, and parents felt that 75% of the therapies used were beneficial.





Autism spectrum disorder


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Child Development Centre, Hotel Dieu HospitalKingstonCanada