Healing Thresholds, founded in 2006 by CEO Lara Pullen after her son was diagnosed at risk for autism, has recently seen a major redesign to make it easier for parents of autistic children to access the substantial amounts of information on over 1000 therapies in use for the developmental disorder now held on the website.
The site is unique in its scope, covering every concievable form of therapy including behavioural, speech and sensory therapies, dietary interventions and nutritional supplements, alternative medicines like homeopathy, and biomedical interventions such as chelation and secretin.
Co-founder Pullen holds a PhD herself and much of the information on the website is reviewed by medical reviewer Dr. Alan Rosenblatt, MD, FAAP. Another integral aspect of the site that makes it so valuable is that parents can comment on and review treatments they have used with their kids so that other parents at least have some idea of what to expect in terms of results and of course, safety.
The redesign allows for all of the relevant content for each therapy topic to be displayed on a single page. The content includes fully-referenced fact sheets, research summaries, news summaries, and user comments. The result is that, as Healing Thresholds enters its fourth year, its users have improved discovery and access to the carefully researched and written content available on the site.
One of the biggest challenges for Healing Thresholds has been revealing all of its novel content to the user. Specifically, Healing Thresholds medical writers have authored over 2,000 research and news summaries which are augmented by hundreds of user-generated articles. In particular, the site provides layperson-accessible summaries of essentially all child-focused peer-reviewed research from the last 3 years, in addition to earlier seminal papers.
Healing Thresholds has also created comprehensive therapy fact sheets about twelve of the most popular autism therapies. The fact sheets are fully referenced and links are provided to published scientific research. That publication process requires peer review, which means that every statement in the scientific literature was made by an expert in the field of autism research and reviewed by other experts. Medical writers who are trained scientists and who hold an advanced degree in the life sciences prepare the fact sheets. The fact sheets are then reviewed and approved by a developmental pediatrician with expertise in the field of autism.
"I started Healing Thresholds after my son was diagnosed at risk for autism," said Pullen, "but the site today provides a more comprehensive resource than I had originally expected would be possible. Everyday, we work to make Healing Thresholds the most comprehensive source for autism therapy information available."
The redesign of Healing Thresholds makes it easier for parents to find reliable information on the autism therapy topic of their choice. This is important because parents are normally the de facto leaders of their childs autism therapy team. Parents can be more successful in their role as team leader if they are informed about the many different autism therapies that are available. Healing Thresholds remains free to all users and includes both an extensive Web site as well as a weekly email newsletter.
Healing Thresholds provides comprehensive therapy fact sheets daily updates of autism therapy research and news, and a weekly email newsletter. It was co-founded in 2006 by Lara Pullen, PhD and Dan Kohn. Medical review is provided by Alan Rosenblatt, MD, FAAP. Healing Thresholds is dedicated to healing the lives of families touched by autism. To find out more, please visit http://autism.healingthresholds.com/therapies