Holding Therapy and Autism Ranking: Mildly Hazardous Insufficient/Mixed evidence

Future Research

Summary of Existing Research

There is no high quality research evidence to suggest that holding therapy is effective as a treatment for people on the autism spectrum.

There have been numerous accounts of the damage caused to people on the autism spectrum or with other conditions.

Recommendations for Future Research

Although holding therapy was first introduced as an intervention in the 1980‘s there is still little evidence to support its value for people on the autism spectrum.

Many anecdotal reports from individuals subjected to this intervention suggest that that there is a significant risk of physical and emotional harm.

Consequently we believe that further research into this intervention would pose serious ethical issues and should not be undertaken.

31 Oct 2017
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01 Oct 2016
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01 Oct 2019