Welcome to the world of therapy!

From behavior interventions to nutritional supplements - we’ve broken them down for you. When possible, we’ll also share a video to show the different therapies in action.

We will not be offering names or information about any service providers here. While they are obviously an important piece to treating children with autism spectrum disorders, selecting the right provider that meets your child’s needs is very personal. We recommend that once you have a sense of the therapies you’d like to pursue that you seek out recommendations or referrals from your health insurance customer service department, from support groups, or the local Autism Society Chapter website (they often have a service provider directory available online).

Our role is to inform you of the differences so you can form your own opinions and make your own choices.

CHELATION

Chelation is based on the theory that heavy metal poisoning may trigger autism.

Chelation first came into view in the 1980’s with the idea that autism might be caused by mercury poisoning. The theory is that as chelation removes mercury from the body, the negative symptoms of ASD should also decrease. Some families reported observing improvements in speech, behavior, attention and listening.

The process involves using a ‘chelator’, a chemical that binds to the heavy metals in the body so they can be eliminated through urination. Chelators can be given intravenously, orally or transdermal (through the skin). The process of complete chelation can take months or even years – until all traces of metals are no longer present in the urine.

While chelation is FDA approved for the treatment of metal poisoning, it is not approved for the treatment of autism.

Chelation therapy, either intravenous or by taking over the counter oral pills, should be only undertaken with a licensed medical professional. There is significant controversy regarding the safety and effectiveness of chelation, and not everyone benefits from it. In some cases, there has been injury or death. Despite this, some families credit chelation for their child making significant progress.

Discuss any therapy of this type with a physician.

Please note: This information was compiled by a parent volunteer from public sources, and is not intended to be medical or legal advice.