Evidence-Based Autism Program

What are some of the key elements of setting up an evidence-based program?

  • Intervention choices are guided by published research in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Task force findings related to evidence-basedprocedures are also considered.

  • Providers have the proper credentials and experience, as well as a respect for the scientific literature.

  • Those who carry out the actual intervention are well trained and supervised to ensure treatment integrity.

  • Carefully implemented instruction promotes initial success, ongoing gains, and ultimate mastery, as well as maximizes carryover across settings.

  • Objective data are collected and used to guide clinical decision-making.

  • Services are well coordinated, particularly when multiple disciplines are involved.  All providers useevidence-based practice and collect data to measure   progress.

  • Ongoing interventions efforts are adapted as new findings are published in peer-reviewed journals.


Some other recommendations

  • Interventions are individualized and comprehensive targeting the full array of skills needed to be successful at home, school and in the future.

  • Behavior management strategies take into account the underlying function of the behavior and build skills to help an individual better meet his or her needs.

  • Inclusion is considered carefully and occurs with the appropriate supports, preparation, and monitoring.

  • Parents and other caregivers are truly members of the team and are involved in all stages of planning, goal selection, and implementation.



For those interested in providing a behavioral treatment program, the following articles describe the expertise required in a behavioral service provider:

Qualifications of Behavior Service Providers

ABAI Autism Special Interest Group Consumer Guidelines


The following are two publications which detail treatment protocols for intensive behavioral treatment:

Lovaas, O.I. 2003. Teaching Individuals with Developmental Delays.  Basic Intervention Techniques. Austin, TX:  Pro-Ed.

Maurice, C. (Ed.), Green, G., & Luce, S.C. (Co-eds.) 1996.  Behavioral intervention for young children with autism; a manual for parents and professionals. Austin, TX:  PRO-ED.


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