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Worth Repeating: Hi-Fi Pseudo-Sci, Occupational Therapy, and Making Some Lemonade - featured April 7, 2011

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Editor's Note: I posted this article on our in our Pediatric Therapy LinkedIn Group, and it encouraged a lot of interesting discussion. Several posters feel that the product discussed is a good one, while others sided with the author of this article. Sharon Gretz of Apraxia-Kids said it best.

"Congratulations to this parent for knowing that it is ok to be a skeptic first. In fact, most parents should keep a critical eye on such therapies and feel perfectly fine about asking the challenging questions and asking for the actual research evidence. There are so many products peddled these days on the internet by savvy marketers and also by well intentioned individuals who lose sight of the science. I would feel better if practitioners and sellers just admitted the truth... "we really don't know if this works, but some people report that they think it helps. We have no way of knowing if their report really reflects our product..." oh, how refreshing that would be!"

Hi-Fi Pseudo-Sci, Occupational Therapy, and Making Some Lemonade

By: Adam J. Slagel

Source: Thinking Person's Guide to Autism

We thank Liz Ditz of the 'I Speak of Dreams' Blog for directing us to this article.

Being involved parents of an autistic child, my wife and I go to many different groups and meet lots of other parents of children with PDD (Persistent Developmental Delay) or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). I am used to the barrage of pseudoscience and misinformation from well-meaning parents (e.g, anti-vaccination, chelation, gluten-free diets, etc), but I have always expected that professional Occupational Therapists (OTs) would steer us towards evidence-based treatments. They have certainly been critical of many of the common autism myths, like the vaccines and autism non-connection. Unfortunately, my expectations were overly ambitious, and I let my skeptical guard down.

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Tags: Article Autism Newsletter 8 April 2011