Pediatricians should counsel families about the information out there on sensory therapies, she added.
"You don't want to spend a lot of time money and energy on a treatment if it's not right for them. They have to be prudent," Hyman said. "In the absence of data, parents have to utilize the information that's available to them in making choices."
The U.S. National Institute on Mental Health has more on autism.
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