Therapies and Treatments

The South Carolina Autism Society does not endorse nor promote any particular treatment or therapy. Some of the therapies and treatments listed are not viewed as credible approaches by some medical and professional associations.

Anti-Yeast Therapy

Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook: Everything You need to Know about Prevention, Treatment, and Diet. Jeanne Marie Martin, With Zoltan P. Rona/Paperback/Prima Communications, Inc.

Candida Albicans: Could Yeast Be Your Problem? Leon Chaitow/ Paperback/ Inner Traditions International, Limited/ September 1998.

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Applied Behavior Analysis

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals, By Catherine Maurice (Editor), et. al., Paperback

A Work In Progress: Behavior Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism. Ron Leaf & John McEachin, Editors. DRL Books.

Also refer to: Discrete Trial Therapy and Lovaas

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Flower Power: Flower Remedies for Healing Body and Soul Through Herbalism, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, and Flower Essences. Anne McIntyre, Foreword by David Hoffman/paperback/Henry Holt & company, incorporated/ September 1996.

Aromatherapy: A Lifetime Guide To Healing with Essential Oils. Valerie Cooksley/Paperback/ Prentice Hall

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Auditory Integration

Assessment and Management of Central Auditory Processing Disorders in the Educational Setting: From Science to Practice. Teri James Bellis, John R. Burke/Paperback/Singular Publishing Group, Inc.

The Sound of a Miracle, by Annabel Stehli. Distributed by the Georgiana Foundation.

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Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy, Vol. 1 John E. Upledger, Jon Vredevoodg/ hardcover/Eastland Press/February 1993

An Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy: Anatomy, Function, and Treatment Don Cohen, Amie Forest (Illustrator), Jules Rodriguez (Illustrator), Foreword by John E. Upledger/ Paperback/ North Atlantic Books.

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Dance Therapy

Stepping to the Dance: the Training of a Family Therapist, Carolyn Cressy Wells/ paperback/ international Thomson Publishing/ July 1997

Dance as a Healing Art: Returning to Health through Movement and Imagery, Anna Halprin/ Paperback/ LifeRhytm/ March 2000

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Dietary Intervention

The Yeast Connection Handbook: How Yeasts Can Make You Feel Sick All Over and the Steps You Need to Take to Regain Your Health, William G. Crook/ Paperback/ Professional books.

The Yeast connection Cookbook: A Guide to Good Nutrition and Better Health, William G Crook, Marjorie Hurt Jones/paperback.

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Discrete Trial Training

Let me hear Your voice: A Family’s triumph Over Autism, by Catherine Maurice, Random House, Inc.

A Work In Progress: Behavior Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism. Ron Leaf & John McEachin, Editors. DRL Books.

Also refer to: Applied Behavior Analysis and Lovaas Therapy

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Dolphin Therapy

Swimming with Dolphins: A Healing Experience. Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, Foreword by Robert Barnes/ Paperback/ Trans-Atlantic Publications, Inc.

Dolphins and Their Power to Heal, Amanda Cochrane, Karena Callen/Paperback/ Inner Traditions International, Limited/ September 1992

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Doman/Delacato Method

No Time for Jello: One Family’s Experience with the Doman-Delacato Patterning Program, Berneen Bratt/Paperback/ Brookline Books Inc./ August 1991

The Neurologically-Impaired Child: Doman-Delacato Techniques Reappraised, Robert A. Cummins/ Library Binding/ Routledge, Chapman & Hall, incorporated/ January 1988.

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Facilitated Communication

A Passion to Believe: Autism and the Facilitated Communication Phenomenon, Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Diane C. Twachtman/ hardcover/Westview Press

Communication Unbound: How Facilitated Communication Is Challenging Traditional Views of Autism and Ability-Disability., Douglas P. Bilken, Peter Knoblock (Editor)/Paperback/Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University. September 1995.

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Inclusion: A Guide for Educators. Susan Bray Stainback/ Paperback/ Paul H. Brookes/ January 1996.

The Exceptional Child: Inclusion in Early Childhood Education, K. Eileen Allen, Ilene S. Schwartz/ Paperback/ Delmar Publishers/ January 1996

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Immune System Therapy

Immune Globulin: Proceedings of the Immune Globulin Workshop, Bethesda, MD., October 1982., S. //Karger#AG (Editor)/ Paperback/ S. Karger AG/ October 1985

Singh, V. K. “Plasma increase of interlukin-12 and interferon-gamma: Pathological significance in autism.“ Journal of Neuroimmunology vol. 66, 1996, PP 143-145.

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Lovaas Therapy

Teaching Developmental Disabled Children: The ME book. Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas, pro-Ed 1981.

Also refer to: Applied Behavior Analysis and Discrete Trial Therapy

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Psychiatric Drugs: Hazards to the Brain, Peter Roger Breggin/ Hardcover/ Springer Publishing Company, Inc./January 1983

Practical Drug Enforcement: Procedures and Administration, Michael D. Lyman/ hardcover/ CRC Press, LLC/ January 1989

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Melatonin Therapy

Biological Rhythms, Mood Disorders, Light Therapy and the Pineal Gland, Mohammad Shafii (Editor), Sharon Lee Shafii (Editor)/ Hardcover/ American Psychiatric Press, Incorporated/ April 2000

Melatonin in Psychiatric and Neoplastic Disorders, Vol. 55, Sharon Lee Shafii, Mohammad Shafii (Editor)/ Hardcover/American Psychiatric Press, Incorporated/ January 1998

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Music Therapy

Music therapy for the Autistic Child, Juliette Alvin, Auriel Warwick/ Paperback/ Oxford University Press, Incorporated/ April 1992

Music Lessons for Children with Special Needs, T. M. Perry/ Paperback/ Taylor & Francis, Inc./ July 1995

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Introduction to Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback, James R. Evans (Editor), Andrew Abarbanel (Editor)/ Hardcover/Academic Press, Incorporated/ June 1999

Mindfitness Training: Neurofeedback and the Process, Consciousness, Self-Renewal, and the Technology of Self-Knowledge, Adam Crane/ Paperback/, Inc./ June 2000

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Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

PECS – the Picture Exchange Communication System, Andrew S. Bondy, Lori Frost/ Hardcover/ Pyramid Educational Consultants, Incorporated/January 1996

Communication for the speechless (3rd. Ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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Secretin Therapy

Unlocking the Potential of Secretin, by Victoria Beck. What parents and physicians need to know about using Secretin in Autism, PDD, and related disorders.

Secretin Treatments for Autism New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Adrian Sandler and Fred Volkmar. April 20, 2000. Vol. 346, No. 16

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Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory Integration and the Child, Jean Ayres, Jeff Robbins/ Paperback/ Western Psychological Ser./January 1991

Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice, Anne G. Fisher (Editor), Anita C. Bundy (Editor), Elizabeth A> Murray (Editor), Foreword by Florence Clark/ hardcover/

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Social Stories

The New Social Story Book, Carol Gray/Paperback/ Future Horizons, Incorporated/ June 1994

The Original Social Story Book, Erica Broek (Editor), Leslie Moore (Editor), Joanna Gray (Editor), Christopher Fleck (Editor), Carol Gray (Editor), Sarah Lynn Cain (Editor), Maureen Dutkiewicz (Editor), Barret Gray (Editor), Sue Jonker (Ed/Paperback/Future Horizons, Incorporated/ May 1993.

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Squeeze Machine

Emergence: Labeled Autistic, by Temple Grandin Arena Press, 1986 0446671827 Imamura KN, Wiess T, Parham D: The effects of hug machine usage on behavioral organization of children with autism and autistic-like characteristics. Sensory Integra Quarterly 27: 1-5, 1990.

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Tomatis Method

The Conscious Ear, by Alfred Tomatis, Station Hill Press.

The Ear and Language, By Alfred A. Tomatis

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Vision Therapy

The Power behind Your Eyes: Improving Your Eyesight with Integrated Vision Therapy, Robert Michael Kaplan/ Paperback/ Inner Traditions International, Limited/ June 1995

Optometric Management of Reading Dysfunction, John R. Griffin, John R. Griffin, Garth N. Christenson, Michael D. Wesson, Graham B. Erickson/ Paperback/Butterworth-Heinemann/November 1996

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Vitamin Therapy

Vitamin B6 (and Magnesium) in the treatment of autism, By Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. (Article available through the ARI)

Vitamin B6 in Autism: the safety issue, By Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. (article available through ARI)

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