Essential oils are frequently used to address symptoms associated with an autism spectrum disorder but essential oils for autism have yet to be fully evaluated for suitability. Because autistic children are hypersensitive to sensory experiences, aromatherapy protocols developed for the general population may not be suitable for use with autistic children. To evaluate the effects of essential oils on anxiety scores for autistic children, the Franklin Institute of Wellness’ Aromatherapy Research Foundation is conducting a clinical trial.
“The Effects of Aromatherapy and Scent Memory on Anxiety Scores Among Children With Autism,“
Participants: Now Recruiting
We are now recruiting participants for an aromatherapy based research study on the overall impact of scent on anxiety among children with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. This study is a 5-week study and will require 15-20 minutes of your time each day during most weeks, and up to 30-45 minutes of your time each day during the final two weeks of the study. It will also require an additional 20-30 minutes of time at the end of each week of the study.
You may qualify to participate if your child meets the following criteria:
- Is between the ages of 6 and 11
- Has an autism spectrum disorder based on DSM IV or DSM V criteria (which includes Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and all other ASD diagnoses)
If selected to participate in the study, you will be sent a participation kit which includes all of the supplies and materials you need to experience the aroma exposure and provide your responses to the intervention.