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Acupressure and acupuncture as an intervention with children with autism  

Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupressure and acupuncture, may provide a new approach to treating behavioral problems in children with autism. Traditional Chinese medicine approaches autism, like all other disorders, as an energy imbalance that can be addressed by stimulating specific energy points and pathways. The present study aims to develop a methodology for introducing acupressure and acupuncture to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their parents. In a small randomized trial, researchers will assess whether intervention with acupressure/acupuncture improves attention, sleep, and behavioral problems. They will also examine the effect of parent-administered acupressure on parent-child relationships. Acupressure and acupuncture could be a useful complement to conventional medicines and therapies in treating the symptoms of autism. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $90,826.00
Project Number 2949
Principal Investigator Warren, Lana
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Kennedy Krieger Institute
State/Country Maryland
Web Link 1 Acupressure and acupuncture as an intervention with children with autism (External web link)
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