ERIC Number: EJ836932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 56
Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Search for Effective Methods
Simpson, Richard L.
Focus on Exceptional Children, v40 n7 p1 Mar 2008
The impact of speculative, capricious, and unreliable information on the current state of autism knowledge is difficult to judge. Notwithstanding this concession, variable and often incorrect information illustrates a significant lack of understanding about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) issues and challenges, as well as significant disagreement about which treatments and interventions bode best for persons identified with autism-related disabilities. Undeniably, parents and families, professionals, policy makers, and the general public are being stymied by a lack of reliable information regarding the utility and suitability of purported treatments and interventions for learners with ASD. Moreover, the lack of practical information and well-designed guidelines that professionals and families can use to identify the most suitable, effective, and utilitarian methods from among the countless available interventions and treatments that portend the best outcomes for learners with ASD only serves to intensify and further polarize variable opinions and perspectives concerning autism. Within the context of these circumstances, this article explores themes and concerns that are linked to identifying and adopting the most effective, practical, and cost-efficient practices and strategies for children and youth with ASD. Basic elements that form the foundation of an effective program for learners identified with ASD are suggested for facilitating widescale program improvements.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Adolescents, Behavior Modification, Counseling Techniques, Access to Information, Intervention, Guidelines, Outcomes of Treatment, Counseling Effectiveness, Etiology, Therapy, Social Development, Interpersonal Relationship
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