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Internet Survey of Treatments Used by Parents of Children with Autism


Green, VA and Pituch, KA and Itchon, J and Choi, A and O'Reilly, M and Sigafoos, J, Internet Survey of Treatments Used by Parents of Children with Autism, Research in Developmental Disabilities, 27, (1) pp. 70-84. ISSN 0891-4222 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2004.12.002


We developed an Internet survey to identify treatments used by parents of children with autism. The survey listed 111 treatments and was distributed via colleagues and through chapters of the Autism Society of America and Autism Organizations Worldwide. A total of 552 parents submitted usable returns during the 3-month survey period. On average the parents reported using seven different treatments. The number of treatments used varied as a function of the child's age and type/severity of disability within the autism spectrum. Speech therapy was the most commonly reported intervention, followed by visual schedules, sensory integration, and applied behavior analysis. In addition, 52% of parents were currently using at least one medication to treat their child, 27% were implementing special diets, and 43% were using vitamin supplements. Because parents were using a large number of treatments, many of which lack empirical support, future research should focus on understanding the decision-making processes that underlie treatment selection by parents of children with autism. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Special education and disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Green, VA (Dr Vanessa Green)
ID Code:39146
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:361
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2007-10-11
Last Modified:2007-10-11

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