David Celiberti, PhD, BCBA-D, Vincent Winterling, EdD, Brizida Vinjau, MS, BCBA, Marcia Questel, MSEd, BCBA
Association for Science in Autism Treatment
As providers and family members, you have undoubtedly witnessed consumers enticed and distracted by an endless stream of purported autism treatments. Often, these treatments run counter to effective approaches, may deplete precious resources (e.g., time and money), and raise false hopes. We believe that Science in Autism Treatment (SIAT), our Association’s free, monthly e-publication, is crucial for helping families and professionals avoid the seemingly endless pursuit of “try this” and “try that.”
Newsletter recipients stay informed of up-to-date science-based treatments, read about ASAT’s response to inaccuracies about autism treatments in the media, and learn how science can be used to inform and guide treatment decisions.
In addition to ASAT’s team of writers, we showcase articles by leading advocates of science-based treatment throughout the world. SIAT is packed with high-quality, timely, and accurate information (typically 5 articles per issue) such as:
- Research Synopses of published studies to translate knowledge and increase access to science. Recent published research synopses include ones related to teaching conversation skills, behavior skills training, using escape extinction to treat self-injury, cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety in adolescents with ASD, and implementing a manualized classroom transition intervention. More previously published Research Synopses can be found here.
- Treatment Summaries of specific treatments for autism. Recent published treatment summaries include social stories, Facilitated Communication, and Rapid Prompting Method. In addition, we offer a compendium of biomedical interventions and recent additions include a critical review of essential oils, cannabis and marijuana, and bleach therapy. More treatment summaries can be found here.
- Is There Science Behind That? Articles in this area of the newsletter are more detailed reviews of the state of the science behind particular treatments. Recent published articles include discussions related to Stem Cell Therapy, Sensory Diets, Early Start Denver Model, and DIR/Floortime. Find other previously published “Is There Science Behind That?” articles here.
- Clinical Corner provides responses to frequently asked questions about autism treatment. This is a particularly content-rich area of the ASAT website which spans many critical issues, such as early and timely diagnosis, effective interventions, and issues impacting families. Some recent Clinical Corner articles include topics such as teaching social skills, mask wearing, answering WH questions, and essential skills to teach during COVID-19. Find more Clinical Corner installments here.
- Consumer Corner showcases available resources and services that inform and guide treatment decisions. We offer tips for advocacy, resources for parents including how to evaluate information sources, how to evaluate credentials of behavior service providers, and a non-exhaustive list of learning apps. Find more Consumer Corner articles here.
- Science Corner offers user-friendly knowledge about science for a savvier consumer. Recent published installments include topics such as making sense of the evidence, retraction of published research, the pitfalls of circular reasoning, and conducting a comprehensive literature search.
- Book Reviews are published that reflect the field of autism, treatment, and education. Recent published book reviews include Autism 24-7 and Life as an Autism Sibling. We have also featured article reviews on topics such countering evidence denial and the identification, evaluation, and management of ASD. Read our prior book, article, and online resource reviews here.
- From the Archives highlights some of our previously published content that is still relevant. Readers can peruse our vast library of archived issues of Science in Autism Treatment here.
- Interviews with those advancing science-based treatment and confronting pseudoscience both in the United States and abroad are featured. Some recent interviews include Dr. Michelle Kelly, Dr. Francesca degli Espinosa, and Erika Gleeson. Find more Interviews here.
- Media Watch responses address misleading information in public media as well as acknowledge accurate portrayals of autism and autism treatment. Some of the responses include topics such as bleach therapy, music therapy, autism awareness in law-enforcement, and children with autism and the pandemic.
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Citation for this article:
Celiberti, D., Winterling, V., Vinjau, B., & Questel, M. (2021). A spotlight on Science in Autism Treatment. Science in Autism Treatment, 18(4).