Best Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Best Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Happy New Year!   As you welcome in 2013 I want you to be aware of what the National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders considers their top 24 Evidence Based Practices for students with autism.  They are as follows:

Antecedent-Based Intervention (ABI)
Computer-Aided Instruction (CAI)
Differential Reinforcement
Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA)
Functional Communication Training (FCT)
Naturalistic Intervention

Parent Implemented Intervention
Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII)
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
Response Interruption/Redirection
Social Narratives
Social Skills Groups
Speech Generating Devices
Structured Work Systems
Task Analysis
Time Delay
Video Modeling
Visual Supports

Take a look on our Resource Page and click on the National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders link to read more about these. As teachers and parents or family members of a student with autism we must all be aware of these practices so that we know if we are on the right track with the things we should be doing for our kids both in the classroom and at home.  With all of the information out there it is tough trying to understand what we all should be doing.  You can see that the list focuses on things like social skills, communication, structured visual supports and strategies for behavior issues.

What does Evidence Based Practices mean?  My favorite defination comes from  the American Speech and Hearing Association.  It is “the integration of (a) clinical expertise/expert opinion, (b) external scientific evidence, and (c) client/patient/caregiver perspectives to provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs and choices of the individuals we serve.”   I have personally used every strategy on the NPDC list and I would not work with a student with autism without these options available to me.  So here is my new year gift to you.  Look at this list of 24 Evidence Based Practices and see how you can either feel good about what you are already doing or make some valuable changes for 2013!



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