Evidenced-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Often individuals and parents seeking services for autism ask, “What treatment will help me or my child with autism?” There are many treatments and interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
How do we know which treatments work?
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) with the support and assistance of the University of North Carolina (UNC) published “Evidenced-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. The NPDC identified 27 evidenced-based practices (EBPs) that are the most effective for individuals on the autism spectrum.
What are Evidence-Based Practices?
To be considered an evidence-based practice, a treatment must be thoroughly investigated in multiple well-designed scientific studies and show measurable, sustained improvements in targeted areas.
The NPDC also identifies 24 other practices with some empirical support, but they do not meet the full criteria to be an evidenced-based practice. These treatments, along with other treatments not identified in the NPDC publication, should be used with caution when treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
I encourage parents and individuals looking for autism treatments “that work” to review the following resources to guide you as you make a decision on what is the best course of treatment for yourself or your loved ones.
Kyle Bringhurst, MSW
Address: 3048 East Baseline Road Suite 107
Mesa, AZ 85204