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China not impervious to dubious autism treatments

Posted Jul 08 2010 4:18pm

Dolphins to help treat autistic children in China according to a recent story.

Complete with anecdotes:

A five-year-old boy from Anshan city who used to speak only a few words was able to go to kindergarten and even sing along with songs on television after a one-and-a-half-month treatment, Chen said.

And an odd explanation of why it works

Chen said dolphins emit high-frequency ultrasonic waves which stimulate dormant brain cells in autistic children. However, such treatment is only an assisted therapy and is not effective for all autistic children.

and claims of efficacy.

“Although the effectiveness reaches 90 per cent, some families still said the treatment was not effective for their children,” Chen said.

Now that they have the reputation, they are no longer free. They plan to charge 2000 yuan per month. That’s as much or more that the monthly salary for many in China .

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