Nonmedical Interventions

The dramatic increase in the number of individuals identified with ASD has focused increased attention on the types of interventions that can lead to opportunities for a high quality of life. The Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism has compiled the Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET), which provides information on interventions for individuals with ASD. Recognizing the diversity of those with ASD, TARGET exercises a pragmatic approach to evidence-based practices:

“The best measure of effectiveness of an intervention is whether it is effective for a particular individual. It is of utmost importance to collect and analyze data when using interventions with a student with autism. If an intervention results in positive change for a particular student and you, as an educational professional, have data to support that, then the intervention is evidence-based for that student.”

A report by the Ohio State University Project Team entitled Education Services for Military Dependent Children with Autism includes a comparison chart (created by Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D) outlining and describing the evidence-based practices developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Autism Center and the National Professional Development Center on ASD.