Assist in the Behavior
Modification of Autistic Children
by the Health Experts at Healthy Living Magazine
In the first study to take a broad-population look
at the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders—
types of autism ranging from severe symptoms to
the milder Asperger syndrome—researchers found
a rate of 2.64 percent among South Korean children.
That’s 1 in 38 children, a rate far higher than the
estimate of 1 in 110 children for the United States
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study suggests that rigorous examination may
reveal that many more children in the United States
may be affected than previously suspected.
There have been numerous case studies that
have shown the effectiveness and health benefits
of coral minerals. And now there is good evidence
that coral minerals can offer significant benefits for
children with autism—and also help their parents.
For example, the psychological group Best
Practices and the University of Montevallo conducted
a study to determine if using coral minerals is
better than behavior modification without a supplement.
Coral Complex, an eco-safe, above-sea coral
formula from the company Coral LLC was used in
this study. (The University of Montevallo received no
payment for its participation to ensure the validity of
The participants in this study were 60 children
diagnosed with autism (ages 5 to 10). The results
showed that the children who took Coral Complex
in conjunction with behavioral modification therapy
improved better than those who received behavioral
modification therapy alone. Additionally, the
parents who took Coral Complex also reported an
improvement in mood, compassion, patience and
One area that remains unexplored in psychology
is the effect of nutritional supplements and nutrition
on autistic children in a behavioral modification setting.
Research has shown that nutritional assistance
can greatly help autistic children to increase on-task
behavior and decrease dysfunctional tendencies for
children ages five and older, notes the late Bernard
Rimland of the Autism Research Institute.
According to the American Medical Association,
most Americans are malnourished especially when it
comes to minerals. In a study presented at the 2002
Defeat Autism Now! Conference in San Diego, it was
found that autistic children have a difficult time digesting
certain foods, including gluten and casein.
Furthermore, autistic children greatly benefit
from nutritional advice and proper supplements.
HOW THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED
All 60 of the children were pretested in on-task
behaviors before instruction began. Children were
then randomly assigned to either a behavior medication
group or a nutrition group. Both groups received
behavior modification instruction by certified
instructors. The instruction took place in the homes.
Parents also received instruction from the therapists
on how to teach their autistic child. Every parent
had only one autistic child; the number of mainstream
children varied according to the family. For
the purposes of the study, two areas were empirically
reviewed with the children and a questionnaire
was given to the parents. Parents and children in
the behavior modification group received behavior
modification training only. Parents and children in
the nutrition group received behavior modification
plus a nutritional supplement called Coral Complex
from the company Coral LLC.
Thirty children received instruction from behavioral
therapists in their homes from Best Practices in the Southern California area over a two-month period. The additional 30 children received similar
treatment plus a daily recommended dose of Coral
Complex. Parents from both groups received parental
training on how to best teach their children on
a daily basis using behavior modification. Parents in
the nutrition group also agreed to take a daily dose
of Coral Complex and listen to nutritional advice.
HOW THE STUDY WAS CONDUCTED
Sign language was the main behavior taught and
measured for the autistic children. The reason for this
is that all children had no knowledge of this skill before
training began. Starting from ground zero, this
allowed the behaviorists to measure how much the
children would improve in both groups. Furthermore,
sign language has been shown to be quite beneficial
for all children, especially those with special needs.
Back in 1982, Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan
Goodwyn conducted a longitudinal study with
the National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development that received educators’ attention
throughout the world. The results showed that signing
children understood more words, had larger vocabularies
and engaged in more sophisticated play
than non-signing children. Autistic children struggle
with self-stimulation and a lack of ability to communicate
outwardly. Adding another communication
skill benefits this population greatly.
In the Montevallo study, children were randomly
assigned to a behavioral group or nutrition group.
The average age for the kids in the behavioral group
was 7.9 years, and the average age for the nutritional
group was 7.8 years. Children in both groups
were pretested on sign-language knowledge before
instruction began by a certified instructor to
show the children had no knowledge of signs at the
beginning of the experiment. Both groups received
16 hours of behavioral instruction, and parents received
parent training over a two-month period.
The children were then rated on the following
- 0 if child did not attempt a sign
- 1 if child attempted a sign but was not partially
- 2 if child got the sign partially correct
- 3 if child got the sign fully correct
Instructors and parents were asked to rate the
children’s scores (reliability measures were taken).
Also, parents filled out a questionnaire about their
experiences between the two groups.
THE RESULTS: NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS HELP
The results indicate that there was a significant difference
in favor of the nutrition group.
Behavior Group|| Nutritional Group|
Highly satisfied parents - 76% || Highly satisfied parents - 87%|
Saw improvement in child - 78% || Saw improvement in child - 89%|
Child got better sleep - 24% || Child got better sleep - 52%|
Child was more focused - 67% || Child was more focused - 82%|
Child had fewer self-stims - 48% || Child had fewer self-stims - 64%|
This study strongly indicates that Coral Complex
can benefit both autistic children and their
parents. The nutrition group had significantly higher
correct responses than the group with no supplements.
Also, parents reported better rest and satisfaction
in the nutritional group. It is important to
note that the parents also took Coral Complex.
More research is needed on how these ingredients
directly affect the brain. This product contains 73
trace minerals from the sea as well as vitamins. For
instance, Coral Complex contains calcium, which
has been shown to aid in sleep. Also, this supplement
contains lithium, which has greatly helped
bipolar individuals. People who suffer from bipolar
disorder have strong mood swings similar to autistic
children’s tantrums. Perhaps this mineral helps
balance the brain of this population as well. Other
studies have shown that calcium plus vitamin D can
help the general population in a variety of ways and
even prevent cancer, notes Jean Tang in the June
27, 2011, issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
While autism remains a poorly understood and
complex condition for which there is no cure, parents
are left to pick up the pieces and do what is
possible to improve their children’s health. Coral
Complex with 73 trace minerals addresses one of
the key issues among such children, which is mineral
depletion. It can obviously make a difference.
Our best advice for parents of such children is
to use this information to benefit your child while
continuing to explore the issue to find more ways
We’re happy that this study was made available,
and we hope that it helps many children and
Editor’s Note: The incidence of autism may be much higher than previously thought in the United States and elsewhere in the world, according to a rigorous, comprehensive study of the condition conducted in South Korea, researchers reported in the May 9, 2011 American Journal of Psychiatry.
Coral Complex, the supplement used
in this study, is available at health
food stores nationwide and also
online at www.coralllc.com or
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and the Risk of Nonmelanoma and
Melanoma Skin Cancer: Post Hoc Analyses
of the Women's Health Initiative Randomized
Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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