Washington: In a study by UC Irvine neurobiologists, children with autism showed significant improvement after six months of simple sensory exercises at home using everyday items such as scents, spoons and sponges.They found that a treatment known as environmental enrichment led to notable gains in male subjects between the ages of 3 and 12.Study co-authors Cynthia Woo and Michael Leon randomly assigned 28 boys to one of two groups, balanced for age and autism severity. For half a year, all subjects participated in standard autism therapies, but those in one group also had daily sensory enrichment exercises.Parents of these children were given a kit containing household products to increase environmental stimulation, including essential-oil fragrances such as apple, lavender, lemon and vanilla. The boys smelled four of these scents a day and listened to classical music each evening.
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