Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism

Today I wanted to share with you evidence-based practices for individuals with autism. As an occupational therapist, it is important for me to stay up to date about what strategies are effective when working with children, teens, and adults with autism. Below I will share what I have learned when researching about evidence-based practice strategies for individuals with autism.

Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Practices are intervention and instructional practices or programs that have scientific evidence that shows that they are effective.

Through my research, I found out that the National Standards Project and the National Professional Development Center on ASD (NPDC), conducted systematic reviews and identified focused intervention practices that are evidence-based. These reviews provide a basis for teachers and clinicians to make decisions about intervention and service practices based on science.

It is important to note that having the information about which practices are evidence-based is a starting place for treatment or instruction, but as practitioners and professionals we must also use our professional expertise in selecting the practices based on the individual characteristics, family priorities, and context.

There are 27 Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism

An amazing resource was created by the NPDC called AFIRM. This is an online training module that they designed to help educate professionals and practitioners that provides information about the 27 Evidence-Based Practices that the NPDC has identified.

What are the 27 Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism?

  • Antecedent-based Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention
  • Differential Reinforcement
  • Discrete Trial Training
  • Exercise
  • Extinction
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Functional Communication Training
  • Modeling
  • Naturalistic Intervention
  • Parent Implemented Interventions
  • Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention
  • Picture Exchange Communication System
  • Pivotal Response Training
  • Prompting
  • Reinforcement
  • Response Interruption and Redirection
  • Scripting
  • Self-Management
  • Social Narratives
  • Social Skills Training
  • Structured Play Groups
  • Task Analysis
  • Technology-aided Instruction and Intervention
  • Video Modeling
  • Visual Supports

Check out the FREE Training Modules with AFIRM HERE!

These modules will provide you with information about each teaching strategy and how you can use these in your practice.

What Evidence-Based Strategy do you find the most helpful in your practice?

I would love to know in the comments below if you have heard of this online training and if there is a specific evidence-based strategy you like to use in your practice? What one do you want to learn more about?

As an occupational therapist, I have loved using Task Analysis and Visual Supports when helping to teach life skills!

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Evidence-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism


Odom, S. L. & Hume, K. A. (2017, November 28). Use of Evidence-Based Practices. Retrieved from https://researchautism.org/use-of-evidence-based-practices/

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