What are Discredited Autism Treatments?

Discredited autism treatments may stand out more than others as blatantly dangerous such as drinking bleach! A few discredited or questionable treatments are:
  • Gluten-free Diet
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Lupron
  • Secretin
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Vision Therapy
None of these therapies or treatments have been proven scientifically to work. Beware of falling under their spell.
To become recognized as evidence-based, any therapy or treatment has to be investigated thoroughly in a number of well-designed scientific studies and demonstrate measurable and sustained improvements in certain areas. Some characteristics of well-designed studies include:
  • Use of well-matched comparison groups with participants receiving the new treatment that is compared to another group of participants receiving only a standard treatment, or a group receiving no treatment. These comparison groups ought to match the new treatment group in level of functioning, average age, diagnosis, gender distribution,, etc.
  • Random assignment of participants to comparison/treatment groups.
  • Pre- and post-test design: performance on a test is gauged prior to and after the treatment to measure change.
  • Blinding of participants so no one knows the groups’ assignments to prevent biases as data is collected.
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