With all the different treatment services available for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), how does one decide which have been demonstrated to have a high likelihood of positive results based on quality measurement, called Evidence Based Practice (EBP)?
Until recently, the best sources of this information were the National Standards Project (National Autism Center, 2009) and the National Professional Development Center on ASD (Odom, Collet-Klingenberg, et al., 2010). Both of these reports evaluated approximately 10 years of research completed by 2007. But research has continued since that time, and new treatment possibilities are being developed.
This week, the National Professional Development Center of ASD, part of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with the assistance of federal funding, released a new review, Evidence Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder . This new project incorporated a rigorous review of treatment research from 1990 through 2011. They found that twenty-seven practices met criteria for being considered evidence based practices. The report also lists a number of practices that do not meet the criteria due to insufficient evidence of positive outcome, or insufficient groups or participants.
Written primarily for clinicians and treatment specialists, the report can be found at http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/ebp-update
Russell J. Bonanno, M.Ed., TAP Program Manager