New hope may be available for children with autism. A study published in the reputable journal Behavioral Neuroscience found that autistic behavior in children ages 3-12 years old who received environmental sensory experiences found marked improvement in their behavior.
The researchers from the University of California at Irvine won the D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award for their work using the Mendability Sensory Enrichment program. The program uses sensory experiences such as having children place their hands on bowls of varying degrees of warm water or walking on surfaces with different textures. The program used no medication.