Oxytocin Spray May Help Children with Autism

Further research has confirmed early promise that oxytocin spray may alleviate the symptoms of autistic children.   Research presented at an autism conference in Toronto, Candada, was the first study that looked specifically at the effects of oxytocin on children with autism.

 

Preliminary findings from a small, ongoing study of children ages 7 to 18 with autism indicate that a spray of oxytocin dramatically alters brain activity, particularly in the areas responsible for socialization.

“When we’re comparing days in which children come in and get an oxytocin spray versus days they come in and get a placebo spray, we’re seeing a huge difference in brain function,” said Ilanit Gordon of the Yale Child Study Center who presented the research Wednesday at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Toronto.

The differences are especially striking because they are apparent as kids perform a wide variety of tasks, Gordon said.

 

Sources include : http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/05/17/love-hormone-autism/15637/