How can a family decide what kind of intervention is best for their child?
There is a diverse range of :
- Established treatments (have had several published peer-reviewed studies). There are currently 11 identified established treatments recognized by the The National Standards Project
- Emerging treatments (have few published, peer-reviewed studies).
- Unestablished treatments( may or may not be based on research).
Guidance can be found at :
- Evidence-Based Practice Autism in the Schools: A Guide to Providing Appropriate Interventions to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Evidence Based Practices for Children, Youth and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum 2014 (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Evidence-Based Practice Review Group)
- Evidence Based Practices for School: A Guide for Parents
- Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders/A Review of the Research for Parents and Caregivers Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/ This guide describes research about the possible benefits and negative side effects of therapies for children who are between 2 and 12 years old and have an ASD.
A Video Glossary (Autism Speaks) is available with a focus on treatments that include some of the more commonly used interventions for children on the autism spectrum: behavioral interventions, developmental interventions, structured teaching and supports, clinical therapies, and toddler treatment models.There are evidence based practices, interventions, therapies, supports and services for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder:
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- APPS for Autism
- Augmentative Communication
- Dietary InterventionsLovaas and Discrete Trial
- Evidence based Interventions
- Facilitated Communication
- Hippotherapy/Therapeutic Riding
- ILaugh Program
- LEAP Program
- Music Therapy
- Peer Mediated Intervention Strategy
- Pivotal Response Therapy
- Relationship Development Intervention or RDI
- Sensory Integration Therapy
- Social Communication/ Emotional Regulation/ Transactional Support (SCERTS)Social Stories
- Social Thinking
- The Son-Rise Program
- Verbal Therapy
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