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Treatment for autism  

Enriched sensorimotor experiences greatly enhance the ability of animals to withstand a wide range of neurological challenges, and investigators in this study hypothesize that humans challenged by autism would have similar gains in functionality following exposure to increased olfactory and tactile stimulation. Indeed, preliminary studies have shown that after being exposed to daily sensory enhancement, autistic individuals experienced measurable, significant improvement over a wide range of their symptoms. The aim of this project is to test the efficacy of this autism treatment with a randomized controlled trial. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $21,228.00
Current Award Period 2009-2010
Project Number 5M01RR000827-35
Principal Investigator Leon, Michael
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Occupational, Physical, and Sensory-Based
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? Federal
Institution University of California, San Diego
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Treatment for autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
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