ERIC Number: EJ868581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Setting the Standard for Autism Treatments: National Autism Center Releases Groundbreaking Report
Wilczynski, Susan M.; Pollack, Eileen G.
Exceptional Parent, v39 n12 p50-51 Dec 2009
In the United States and throughout the world, one's understanding of autism and other related disorders continues to evolve. Parents, educators, and health professionals today benefit from significant advancements in both the diagnosis and treatment of autism. However, the need to evaluate and select from a list of treatment options can be daunting. The good news is that information is available to help individuals focus on the treatments or interventions that have evidence of effectiveness. However, the sheer volume of information available presents a formidable challenge. Along with the dramatic increase in diagnosed cases in recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of potential treatments. Parents are often inundated with conflicting and confusing information about treatments and do not know where to begin in selecting effective treatments. In 2005, the National Autism Center launched a project that it hoped would find ways to effectively treat individuals with ASD. If done well, the results would help guide families in their quest to find the best treatment for their son by providing information about which treatments have been shown to work. This article presents the results of the National Standards Project. The report is the most comprehensive analysis available to date about treatments for children and adolescents (under the age of 22) with ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Health Personnel, National Standards, Behavioral Science Research, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Intervention, Children, Adolescents, School Districts
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