Here some suggested organisations that offer expert advice on SN.

Autism Clinic

(12 Posts)
Siobhan4 Sat 23-Aug-14 11:59:11

Is there anyone out there feeling frustrated with Jonathan Tommey from the Autism Clinic? He has stopped making contact all of a sudden. Does anyone know what has happened or is anyone still in contact with him?

PolterGoose Sat 23-Aug-14 12:13:19

I has never heard of it, but a look at the website would send me running. I hope you haven't lost too much money on it.

Siobhan4 Sat 23-Aug-14 12:20:52

Why do you say that? He has a good reputation actually.

PolterGoose Sat 23-Aug-14 12:35:58

I have several concerns:

- he calls himself an autism specialist when his qualifications are in sports science and nutrition at fairly basic levels for a 'specialist'. He doesn't even have a full degree in nutrition.

- he is charging a lot of money for 'treatments' that lack an evidence base.

- the range of 'treatments' he offers are the usual package of 'cure autism' offerings.

- he has no medical qualifications but recommends restrictive diets, supplements etc which is potentially harmful.

Siobhan4 Sat 23-Aug-14 13:01:59

Whom do you recommend then?

PolterGoose Sat 23-Aug-14 13:06:21

It's not the sort of therapies I would choose at all.

I'm aware other people have found these types of interventions helpful, they're just not for me.

Jasonandyawegunorts Sat 23-Aug-14 13:25:24

I’m pretty sure this is the guy who used to run the “"autism file" programme on information TV / showcase (Open access TV channels which you can pay to have any show you create aired). Which was "autism mums TV" now "autism Clinic"
I would be very wary of any information from this guy, the show was dodgey as hell. He's getting enough money from somewhere to have a show created and aired on TV, my guess is it from people looking for cures.

ouryve Sat 23-Aug-14 13:31:14

It depends on what you are hoping to achieve for your child. I would recommend someone who isn't a sports scientist and isn't merely going to charge you hundreds of pounds and then sell you some vitamins, also at inflated prices.
www.theguardian.com/society/2013/apr/06/what-happened-man-mmr-panic

ouryve Sat 23-Aug-14 13:32:49

It is, Jason. Proper tin foil hat stuff, that.

In fat, a tin foil hat might "work" as well as some of these so called therapies. It has as sound an evidence base.

Jasonandyawegunorts Sat 23-Aug-14 13:47:31

It is, Jason.

Thought it might be, he seems to have a bit of an empire built up around his autism cures, I believe his wife does the same kind of thing.

I didn't like the condescending tone of his show either, it had a real "we're better people than you" air to it.

Misspiggy28 Tue 02-Sep-14 18:06:40

I need help my son is being asset for autism and can be bad behaved and doesn understand disaplin he's four in oct anyone out there with any tips

PolterGoose Tue 02-Sep-14 18:33:51

Misspiggy If you start your own thread you should get some replies smile

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