Review: Autism: Simple And Inexpensive Natural Autism Therapies To Help Your Autistic Child Live A Calm And Healthy Life – Nancy Perez
This is a very short book, coming at around 30 pages including the front page and copyright information. I think it’s meant to be an introductory guide to the different types of therapies – which are simple, inexpensive, and natural – to help autistic children.
I think it’s quite apparent from the length that this book is not going to be of significant substance. What it provides is your standard ‘What is Autism?’ section before moving straight into short overviews of different types of natural therapies.
It has been found that almost all autistic children have some form of nutritional deficiency and intolerance to certain foods. This can cause some gastric discomfort to the child as well if not take care of.
My biggest issue with this book is that it makes statements like the above with absolutely no sources or evidence to back up their claims. There are no references at all in the entire book, and it makes some pretty significant claims about the efficacy of the therapies it mentions. The descriptions of the therapies make them sound much more effective than my experience of them has ever been.
They’re also not all inexpensive, because under many of the therapies the author mentions specifically getting guidance or sessions from trained therapists of some kind whether it’s music therapists or art therapists. That’s no inexpensive. At all. It’s very expensive for something that doesn’t have a strong research base. The same with the section on Animal-Assisted Therapy – very expensive for whichever route you go down, and by the time we got to the Hippotherapy (which is not therapy with hippos it’s therapy with horses), I figured that the “inexpensive” part of the title was clearly not considered very strongly.
There’s also some lack of consideration about sensory issues, most noticeable within the aromatherapy section:
An advantage of using aromatherapy is that since there are no pills involved and it’s easy to just breathe in the aromas it’s not much work for your child who will not be opposing the therapy.
Unless they are hyper-sensitive to smells. In which case, they will be opposing it. Very strongly I should imagine. There’s no mention of this in the text, though.
There’s a final section which has paragraphs on other Natural Therapies that parents may want to try such as Yoga, Massage, Reiki, and Passionflower Extract. Then the book ends and that’s it.
I’m not quite sure what to say about this book really. There’s very little in this book that would hurt if a parent were to try it – although obvious risks depend on things like sensory issues, elopement risk, and limitations of diet. That said, they’re not inexpensive therapies and not many have much in the way of a solid research base so I’d hope readers would do a lot more reading before even thinking of doing any therapies.
Not really – it’s a very basic introduction to some of the therapies that you can find online. I would think there are far more comprehensive introductions which include more therapies than this.
Value for money?
£5.50 for the paperback version absolutely not. That is too much for a book that probably has about 25 pages of content. Even the £0.99 for the Kindle version is pushing it a bit.