Parents with autistic children warned over autism cure con artists

Australia – Parents with children with autism are being warned as the number of con-artists offering miracle cures for autism increases.

Sydney’s Jason Hameister and Adelaide mother Bec Payne, have both spent in the region of 26,000 ASD in trying to find a cure for their children’s autism. Mr Hameister told ABC news:

“The first one we really got into was craniosacral therapy. This is one where they place their fingers on the skull and around the skull in such a way that they believe they can manipulate the bones of the skull … believing that that then would cure a range of other illnesses and diseases. We saw this woman for, it must have been, six months or so, paying like $60 a half-hour just for her just to sit there and place her fingers on Maia’s head.”

Australia is currently rolling out its National Disability Insurance Scheme to ensure that families have a bank of accredited therapists they can use who have been pre-vetted but won’t offer these so-called miracle cures.

Professor Andrew Whitehouse said:

“It’s the mystery of autism that leaves families with who have a child with autism vulnerable to charlatans and well meaning people who don’t have the evidence for their therapies”