Many families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have questions about other types of treatments for symptoms of ASD. They may read about these online or hear about them from other parents.

Complementary medicine refers to practices that are used in addition to the educational, behavioral, and medical interventions recommended by your child’s pediatrician and schools.

Alternative medicine refers to treatments that are used in place of the recommendations of your child’s pediatrician.

When traditional and complementary practices are used together, it is often called integrative medicine.

CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) is another way of saying complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) treatments.

Pediatricians are trained to recommend evidence-based treatments. This means scientific studies have been done to see if the treatments work well and are safe. Studies are being done on CIM therapies to see if any of them work well and are safe. At this time,...

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