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Date:10/31/2012

he Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park, was concerned that the researchers had not performed baseline EEGs on the children before starting the therapy. He also noted that valid EEGs were obtained from only a little more than half of those who received the treatment.

Despite such issues, Adesman did say the results of the study were encouraging. "It suggests that clinical improvement is associated with neurophysiological improvement, in terms of EEG," he noted.

Rogers said that it was critical that parents of children with autism understand the importance of playing with their children. "Some children with autism don't know how to communicate 'Come play with me' to their parents or they don't respond to the parents as enthusiastically as other children would," she explained.

"Parents have to take the initiative that most other children would take on their own," said Rogers.

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Learn more about autism at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Sally J. Rogers, Ph.D., professor of psychiatric and behavioral sciences, MIND Institute, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, Calif.; Andrew Adesman, M.D., chief, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Oct. 26, 2012, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, online


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