Aiming to meet the current need for a synthesis of autism treatment research, this volume presents scientifically based guidelines to determine the strength of a treatment's empirical base, supported by an amalgam of the available literature on the topic.
The passage of No Child Left Behind and the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act require educational practices to be based on scientific evidence (e.g., evidence-based practices). With respect to the education of children with autism, there are no comprehensive reviews that clearly prioritize those treatments and educational practices that are evidence based. One exception is Educating Children with Autism, (National Research Council, 2001), however, this book was heavily focused on treatments for preschool-aged children and is now outdated. With the increase in research conducted on treatments for children with autism, there is a need for a current synthesis of the treatment research with regard to evidence-based practices. The proposed book would be the first to present scientifically based guidelines for determining the strength of a treatment s empirical base and then to synthesize the available literature to underscore those practices that are empirically based. The proposed book is also unique in the diversity of its editors (e.g., from the fields of education, research, medicine, and psychology), ensuring that the result will be relevant to a broad audience.
Part I: Introduction.- Evidence-Based Practices in Autism: Where We Started.- Development, Procedures, and Application of the Evaluative Method for Determining Evidence-Based Practices in Autism.-On the Reliability and Accuracy of the Evaluative Method for Identifying Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in Autism.- Part II: Treatment Reviews.- Evidence-Based Treatment of Behavioral Excesses and Deficits for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.- Evidence-Based Treatments in Communication for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.- Treatments to Increase Social Awareness and Social Skills.- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in High Functioning Autism: Review and Recommendations for Treatment Development.- Psychopharmacology in Children with PDD: Review of Current Evidence.- Interventions that Address Sensory Dysfunction for Individual's with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Preliminary Evidence for the Superiority of Sensory Integration Compared to Other Sensory Approaches.- Dietary, Complementary, and Alternative Treatments.- Part III: Research to Practice.- The Role of Adaptive Behavior in Evidence-Based Practices for ASD: Translating Treatment to Functional Success.- Practicing Evidence-Based Practice.- The Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Public Schools.- Evidence-Based Practices in Autism: Where We Are Now and Where We Need to Go.
From the reviews:
"In summary, "Evidence-based Practices and Treatment for Children with Autism" provides a well-organized, up to date analysis of the major treatment programs with proven efficacy. It links research with clinical practice for children with ASDs, a major public health concern. For that reason, I highly recommend this book. As each of us struggles to find the most effective treatment for this critical population of children, we owe it to ourselves and our patients to understand the basis for and effectiveness of our treatment decisions."
- Cathy Scheiner, MD, Developmental Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol 34., No. 3, April 2013
"This book presents various treatments for autistic spectrum disorders which are supported by meta-analytic research. ... Graduate students in psychology and social work would benefit as well. ... book presents the latest research findings in order to give readers a better understanding of autistic spectrum disorders and treatment options. ... It is easy to read and filled with useful information on evidence-based practices, along with hundreds of references to follow up on specific details. This is essential reading for clinicians in the field."
- Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Review Service, April, 2011
"In the words of the classic Wendy's commercial, it is often very difficult to find "the beef" amid the hype. Evidence-Based Practices and Treatments for Children With Autism , edited by Reichow, Doehring, Cicchetti, and Volkmar, aims to provide this much-needed tempered view of the field. In careful prose, the authors examine the evidence on treatment outcomes for a number of behavior problems of special interest to clinicians working with children with autism, as well as to their families.
As a result of its strong organizational structure, this book provides a timely and much-needed addition to the literature. Rather than further obfuscating an already confused field with unsupported pronouncements, it provides a measured, comprehensive, and evaluative review of the research, identifying what we know is effective (e.g., joint attention training and milieu communication training; Prelock, Paul, and Allen, Chapter 5); what appears promising (e.g., cognitive-behavior therapy as a treatment of comorbid anxiety disorders; Wood, Fujii, and Renno, Chapter 7); and what currently has no evidence (e.g., dietary and nutritional supplements, such as gluten-free or casein-free diets; Hyman and Levy, Chapter 10)."
- Jeanne M. Slattery and MollyJill Smrekar, PsycCRITIQUES, October 19, 2011, Vol. 56, Release 42, Article 8
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been increasingly diagnosed in recent years and carries with it far reaching social and financial implications. With this in mind, educators, physicians, and parents are searching for the best practices and most effective treatments. But because the symptoms of ASDs span multiple domains (e.g., communication and language, social, behavioral), successfully meeting the needs of a child with autism can be quite challenging.
Evidence-Based Practices and Treatments for Children with Autism offers an insightful and balanced perspective on topics ranging from the historical underpinnings of autism treatment to the use of psychopharmacology and the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs). An evaluation methodology is also offered to reduce the risks and inconsistencies associated with the varying definitions of key autism terminology. This commitment to clearly addressing the complex issues associated with ASDs continues throughout the volume and provides opportunities for further research.
Additional issues addressed include:
- Behavioral excesses and deficits treatment
- Communication treatment
- Social awareness and social skills treatment
- Dietary, complementary, and alternative treatments
- Implementation of EBPs in school settings
- Interventions for sensory dysfunction
With its holistic and accessible approach, Evidence-Based Practices and Treatments for Children with Autism is a vital resource for school psychologists and special education professionals as well as allied mental health professionals, including clinical child and developmental psychologists, psychiatrist, pediatricians, primary care and community providers.
- Offers a broad perspective from the editors, who represent a unique collaboration of fields, allowing for a wide range of treatment options to be covered in one source - Addresses the need for evidence-based practices that are outlined in the revision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - Provides an operational means for professionals working with children with ASD and their families to determine the strength of evidence supporting different treatment options