The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) said it has found ways to cut down on sensory and motor problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The AHRQ said in a release that its study found using massages, swinging and trampoline exercises and exposure to different textures helped reduce sensory and motor problems children with ASD.
AHRQ also said it stood behind an article in Pediatrics that said there was not much proof to show that nutrition supplements and eating foods not containing gluten or casein protein helped cut down on those behavioral problems in children with autism, the release said.
AHRQ said its study about the massages and keying on the senses of children with autism found that using a massage and music therapy resulted in a number of the problems being reduced, while changing the level of the sounds and music did not result in language getting better. The organization could not determine whether those improvements went beyond a six-month timeframe.