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Behavioural therapy effective in treating pica in children with autism

Medical News Today reports on research carried out by the Marcus Autism Center which suggests that behavioural therapy is effective in treating pica in children with autism. The therapy uses a combination of blocking the child from eating an inappropriate object, redirecting toward a preferred activity and rewarding the child for disposing of inappropriate objects. The findings, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, show that the average reduction in pica from baseline to final treatment was 96 percent.