NOTE: ASD treatments span many disciplines. See our list of available information Resource Guides under Modalities, and go to the sections on professional member organizations within each to find practitioners in craniosacral therapies (manual therapies guide), homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, herbal medicine, etc. CAM therapies used in the treatment of ASD include dietary inverventions with customized supplements and enzymes to aid digestion for food intolerances; chelation of toxic metals; cranio-sacral therapy; music therapy; auditory therapies to address central auditory processing and sound sensitivity problems; hippotherapy; and sensory integration therapy to address low muscle tone and disordered sensory processing.
The organizations listed below cover general integrative medical professionals and additional therapeutic modalities not covered in any of the other currently available guides.
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
4435 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Ste. 403
Washington, DC 20016
Toll-free: (866) 538-2267
Tel: (202) 237-8150
Fax: (202) 237-8152
This organization represents the naturopathic physicians from the four recognized schools of naturopathy – see Herbal Medicine Resource Guide. The web site contains a physician referral listing, searchable databases of information and resources on natural healing by licensed Naturopathic Doctors.
American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA)
P.O. Box 2016
Edmonds, WA 98020
Tel: (425) 967-0737
Fax: (425) 771-9588
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (staff office)
This organization unites allopathic and osteopathic physicians who practice medicine that acknowledges the interrelationship of body, mind, and spirit. These professionals embrace all modalities that are safe and effective, including conventional allopathic medicine. Site includes online doctor-finder.
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: (301) 589-3300
Fax: (301) 589-5175
For practitioners: findMT@musictherapy.org or contact per details above.
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)
10200 West 44th Avenue, Suite 304
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Toll-free: (800) 477-8892
Tel: (303) 422-8436
Fax: (303) 422-8894
Professionals trained in neurofeedback and biofeedback, more often applied to AD(H)D but of interest to some for ASD.
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP)
P.O. Box 126
Redmond, WA 98073
A specialty society within the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (above).
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA)
P.O. Box 33150
Denver, Colorado 80233
Toll-Free: (800) 369-RIDE (7433)
Tel: (303) 452-1212
Fax: (303) 252-4610
Find therapeutic horse riding centers at this web site.
RESEARCH, SELF-HELP & REFERRAL ORGANIZATIONS
A few major organizations that deal primarily with conventional medical research and therapies are included due to their importance in funding and promoting cutting-edge research.
Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapy (ACN)
P.O. Box 2198
Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Explores advanced and alternative treatments for autism, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome and tics, and learning disabilities. Offers e-newsletter and publishes Latitudes magazine.
Autism Network for Dietary Intervention (ANDI)
Tel: (609) 737-8985
Fax: (609) 737-8453
Devoted to helping parents understand, implement and maintain a gluten-and-casein-free diet for their autistic children. Many links to dietary intervention studies and other resources; published a quarterly newsletter, The ANDI News, through 2005. Back issues are still relevant and available to order at discounted prices.
Autism Research Institute (ARI)
http://www.autismresearchinstitute.com/ or http://www.autism.com
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Fax: (619) 563-6840
A non-profit devoted to conducting research and disseminating results of research on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ASD. Supports CAM/non-drug biomedical treatments, convenes the Defeat Autism Now! Conferences. Publishes the Autism Research Review International newsletter, summarizing articles from the world medical/scientific literature. Visitors may join an email-news list and order information packets and books, including the DAN! Clinical Manual from an extensive list on the site.
Autism Society of America (ASA) and ASA Foundation
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3067
Toll-free: (800)-3AUTISM (328-8476)
Tel: (301) 657-0881
Email: from “contact us” page on web site, choose a department
Provides information, referral, advocacy, and fundraising for the autism community, with local chapters nation-wide. Info available on biomedical, dietary, and complementary treatments. Publishes quarterly newsletter, The Advocate, and free e-newsletter, ASA-Net. The ASA Foundation serves as the research-sponsoring arm of the organization.
2 Park Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 252-8584
Fax: (212) 252-8676
Founded in 2005, Autism Speaks merged with the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) in 2006 and with Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN) in 2007. The site has two main divisions: advocacy and information. Viewers can access a NAAR news archive.
There is a limited ‘alternative treatments‘ section with information on a few of the earlier ‘non-standard’ treatments that might be unfamiliar to newer generations of autism caregivers: http://www.autismspeaks.com/whattodo/treatments_non_standard.php
Cure Autism Now (CAN) Foundation
Founded in the mid-1990’s, CAN has now combined forces with Autism Speaks (listed above).
Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)
5801 Beacon St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Toll-free: (800) 497-0944
Fax: (412) 422-1374
Disseminates information about causes and whole-child interventions for developmental delays, through the quarterly newsletter New Developments, workshops, conferences, library and website, as well as selling books and tapes.
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
NAAR has merged with Autism Speaks (above). You will be automatically redirected to the site from this url.
Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
2000 North 14th St., Ste. 480
A rlington, VA 22201
Tel: (703) 243-9710
Funds applied research on ASDs and offers a Parents’ Guide to Research via the web site.
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC):
300 N. 18th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Tel: (602) 340-8717
Fax: (602) 340-8720
Nonprofit, community-based organization sets forth, promotes and facilitates best practices for early intervention and the long-term care of individuals with ASDs through integrative research, educational outreach, model programs and collaborative initiatives.
US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA)
P.O. Box 532
Draper, UT 84020-0532
Toll-free: (888) 9AUTISM (928-8476)
Tel: (801) 649-5752
Email: message form on web site
The primary function of USAAA is to conduct an annual conference where parents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders can learn about effective interventions – both biomedical and educational. Offers a weekly e-newsletter often featuring highlighted research and speakers/experts from the conferences.
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