Sensory Therapy & Autism

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Sensory Therapy & Autism
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 2:37pm

A small study of using sensory-motor therapy in children with autism has show some promise: 

Twenty-eight boys aged 3 to 12 and their parents participated in the six-month-long study, published online May 20 in Behavioral Neuroscience. The boys were split into two groups. Both groups of children participated in daily behavioral therapy, but 13 of the boys also received environmental enrichment, another term for sensory-motor therapy.

The environmental enrichment therapy had a significant positive effect on these children with autism, the study authors said.

"What we've done here for the first time is give humans a sensory-enriched environment and found out that a neurological disorder -- autism -- responds favorably. We saw a 600 percent greater likelihood of having a positive clinical outcome in individuals that had enriched environments compared to those receiving the standard care that children have been receiving for autism up to this point,"

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There was caution in the article though, that other studies haven't been able to get similar results.  I can see where this type of therapy would help though, since sensory issues tend to go hand in hand with autism.

What do you think of the study?