A GUIDE TO COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

Reviewed by Rose Hayden C.N.M., St. Paul’s Services

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Lisa Kurtz is a paediatric occupational therapist and is also the author of Visual Perception problems in children with AD/HD, Autism and other learning disabilities. She also wrote Understanding Motor Skills in children with Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and other learning disabilities & Understanding controversial Therapies for Children with Autism, Attention Disorder & other learning difficulties.

The author has 33 years of experience in this area and has complied a very informative and useful book of therapies. The book is intended to offer parents and professionals a brief overview of certain non-conventional and controversial interventions that may be considered for children with developmental disabilities including Autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder and specific learning disabilities.

The Author explains the difference between conventional medicine (which is licensed through various professional licensing and credentialing boards that assure the public of the competency of members) and the variety of complementary and alternative therapies some of which are well tested and credible and used in units at present.

Its purpose is to help readers to understand the basic theory behind each intervention, the typical procedures involved and where to go for more information about the intervention or about the qualification of professionals using the interventions. The book is divided into 5 domains:

1. Alternative Medical Systems

2. Mind Body Interventions.

3. Biologically based Therapies

4. Manipulatative and body based methods

5. Energy Therapies Some of these therapies are widely used in services at present e.g. sign language, sensory integration therapy, picture exchange communication system and DIR / floor time model. There are some therapies listed that might be difficult to put into practice e.g. Dolphin assisted therapy and animal assisted therapy.

Overall I think this book would be a very useful book for any service to have in its library as a reference for staff and parents alike.

A GUIDE TO COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES by Lisa A. Kurtz
Understanding controversial Therapies for Children with Autism, Attention Disorder & other learning difficulties.

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