A Look at Alternative Interventions

Thursday, June 27, 2019


Parents of children with autism often seek so-called treatments with the hope of "normality". Often these interventions are ineffective and dangerous, but others have emerging research and evidence that in the near future could become standards of care. We explore the most popular complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to helping those with autism and the scientific evidence behind them or the lack thereof.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the perspective of physicians when it comes to CAM and why safety is our priority.

  2. Be familiar with the most popular CAM interventions

  3. Become comfortable in discerning if an intervention is safe and effective.


Gabriel Anzueto, MD, Fellow in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital