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 efficacy. There is little in the scientific literature to indicate which oils are suitable and what effects can be achieved. To evaluate the effects of essential oils on anxiety scores for children with autism spectrum disorders, the Franklin Institute of Wellness’ research team is conducting a clinical trial.
“The Effects of Aromatherapy and Scent Memory on Anxiety Scores Among Children With an Autism Spectrum Disorder“
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.
Disclosures: Clinical trials conducted by the Franklin Institute of Wellness are conducted by qualified scientific researchers who have no conflicts of interest with any essential oil companies or related parties. Every researcher on the FIW team is fully certified in human participant research. All research at the Franklin Institute of Wellness is funded by the Institute and we do not accept funding from essential oil brands.
This study has been approved by an independent IRB, which is an ethical review board. Approval ID#17-1800.
This study is also registered at ClinicalTrials.Gov , ID# NCT03489811.