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Jan 13, 2014 6:32 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Many children with autism receive alternative forms of therapy

A new study finds a lot of children with autism receive alternative forms of therapy.

There's no FDA approved treatment for autism, so a lot of parents turn to alternative therapies for their child, including special diets, meditation, or invasive treatments like B-12 injections.

Researchers at UC Davis studied 600 children with autism and developmental delay.

Researchers found 40 percent were given alternative therapy, as well as 30 percent of those with delays.

Most parents used low-risk treatments, but about four percent tried potentially unsafe procedures.

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