In the hope unconventional approaches can be utilized to help understand autism, a recent study finds that sitting in a hot bath for at least a half hour temporarily made children less prone to repeating the same action over and over again and more sociable.
A recent British study shows a ten-fold increase to that of 30 years ago of more than 1 in 100 British children having autism or a related condition such as Asperger’s Syndrome. In the United States 1 in 88 children are affected with an autism spectrum disorder.
With symptoms of autism varying from each individual, there is no cure, but a combination of speech, behavioral, and other therapies are used to manage the disorder.
The hot bath water study showed a temporarily improvement making children less prone to repeating the same action over and over again and also made them more sociable.
Eager to find out more, U.S. researchers had ten autistic children sit in baths of two different temperatures and then asked their parents and a doctor to assess their behavior.
The U.S. study showed that sitting in water 102F for a half hour produced a noticeable improvement in the ability to communicate and reduced repetitive behaviors. However there was no effect on the children when the bath was just two or three degrees cooler.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York is researching and conducting studies on the affect of a hot bath and how a higher temperature helps to improve communication and lessen repetitive behaviors. Researcher Eric Hollander said that more research is needed, including work on people with more severe forms of autism.
Caroline Hattersley, of the National Autistic Society, said “Autism is a very complex condition and so while research that might enhance our understanding of the condition is helpful, the most important thing is that we work to ensure people with autism receive the support they need to reach their full potential. This is a very small study so its findings should be treated with caution, and no hard and fast conclusions should be drawn.”
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