Complementary approaches to autism

This journal examines and critiques selected complementary therapies that a used in cases of autism.

You should consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program that is potentially harmful.

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Vitamins & autism

Vitamins play a vital role in our health and wellbeing. They help us to make skin and teeth and bones and to repair and replenish. We need a regular intake of vitamins to stay healthy and we do this through the food we eat and sometimes with vitamin supplements.

People who suffer from autism can often have vitamin deficiencies. Often this is due to the delicate nature of their digestive system and their narrow eating habits. A lot of children will eat only certain ‘white’ foods like chips, bread or cheese and over time can mean that they can develop vitamin deficiencies which can lead to a number of health issues.

Parents often add vitamin supplements to the diet of their children, but this needs to be done with the supervision of a health professional so that the correct dosage is given. An excess of certain vitamins can be as damaging as a deficiency.