Dr. Volkmar shares if there are good alternative treatments available for people with autism.
There actually are many, many and literally thousands of treatments that have been proposed. The problem is that most of these and most of these are used in a complementary way, so they are used in addition to treatments that have a stronger empirical scientific basis. The problem with all these treatments is there’s no scientific basis; that’s why they are still alternative. So it’s hard to tell people how to make informed decisions.
Most of the time they are not dangerous. There are some that potentially have some risk for the person, and so I think talking to other parents, but also talking to healthcare providers can be a good source of information.
About Dr. Volkmar, M.D.:
Fred Volkmar, M.D. is the director of the Yale University Child Study Center and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at Yale University, where he heads the university's autism research and autism clinic. He is also Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental nature of autism and developing better guidelines to diagnose autism and related conditions.