Parents of children with autism or sensory issues in general (Sensory processing disorder or SPD) were asked to rate the various interventions they have tried to help their children. Overall, the most highly-rated therapies are Occupational/sensory therapy and specific types of clothing that help minimize tactile issues (things like seamless socks, tagless shirts, soft clothing, leggings).
Half or more of the parents surveyed rate a few other therapies as helpful:
- Medication taken for anxiety, ADHD, or other symptoms have been found to also help sensory issues in some cases (54% give this a 4 or 5 rating on a 5-point scale.) Some of the comments about medication mentioned anti-anxiety medications and stimulant and non-stimulant ADHD medications.
- 50% rate Neurofeedback and Online programs like Mendability as helpful, but note that the number of parents in the survey who have actually tried these interventions is very small. Also, sizeable percentages found these two therapies as not being helpful — showing that parents either love or hate these therapies, with only a few being neutral.
- Most of the other therapies show a mix of responses — positive, neutral, and negative – highlighting the frustrating reality that what works for some does not work for others and the need to try different things to see what works for your specific child.
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