Mendability & TACA are working to help children with autism benefit from an exciting innovative therapy.
The goal is to gather data about the impact of Sensory Enrichment therapy on inflammation markers in children and adults on the autism spectrum. With enough samples we will be able to apply for research grants with the National Institute of Health.
This project allows us to thank TACA coordinators and key volunteers for their volunteer service and give them access to this therapy: Mendability. It will be available at no cost for TACA coordinators and key volunteers.
Therapy Summary Description
Mendability is a new, low-cost, clinically validated therapy for autism. Mendability uses Sensory Enrichment therapy to activate brain plasticity in kids with autism and help them overcome the symptoms of autism. The therapy involves parents or therapists administering non-pharmaceutical, carefully constructed sensory exercises.
Mendability’s specific protocols of Sensory Enrichment maximize neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. In a recent clinical trial conducted by UCI, nearly half the kids participating were no longer diagnosed as fully autistic after 6 months of Mendability therapy.
Why: The New Study
Mendability for Autism was the basis for a research program and clinical trial at University of California, Irvine (UCI). Mendability for Autism uses a treatment known as Sensory Enrichment Therapy. Researchers at UCI documented marked improvement in children with autism ages 3 to 12 who engaged in Sensory Enrichment therapy. Study results are published online in Behavioral Neuroscience.
TACA will provide dedicated, innovative parents interested in furthering research in the development of effective therapies for autism. Mendability will provide the tools the volunteers need to do Sensory Enrichment therapy in their homes.
This new project may enable us to prepare a research grant application to submit to the National Institute of Health. The data gathered will be evaluated by doctors and professionals as part of the preparation of the grant application.
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