Reports: Most Effective Models of Practice in Early Intervention for Children with ASD
This publication, which is downloadable, reviews research about current early interventions for children with autism in order to identify the most effective methods. This review, which includes medical, behavioral, social, family-based, educational, and mixed-method interventions suggest that effective programs share similar characteristics. These include providing specific curriculum that focuses on attention, compliance, imitation, language, and social skills; addressing need for supportive teaching environments; addressing need for routine; adopting a communication approach for addressing challenging behaviors; and engaging family members. Additionally, this research found that different children with autism respond in different ways to any given intervention program. No single program suits all children.