Autism Awareness: An Evidence-Based Resource for Schools
Guest Authors: Teri Rinewalt and Dr. Sarah Halle
Feeling helpless in a situation where all you want to do is improve a student’s functioning is an extremely common outcome for school staff in the complex daily world of autism. Slow or no progress can lead to frustration for teachers who believe they have already tried all the tools in their toolboxes.
As specialists called to assist in those moments when staff have “tried it all” and “nothing is working,” leaving everyone, including the child, feeling frustrated and unproductive, we consult our favorite evidence-based autism resource: The National Autism Center’s (NAC) Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools report, also known as the National Standards Project.
This report functions as a handbook of sorts and is a source of reliable information for staff striving to provide appropriate interventions to students with autism. We use it for:
- Intervention selection and reformation
- Avoiding interventions not yet considered evidence-based
- Educating parents and answering their questions on the latest intervention strategies
Each intervention included in the report is categorized within one of three levels (as an established intervention, emerging intervention or unestablished intervention), so it’s easy to see which strategies have been successful and which need further research.Read the Full Report
National Autism Center. (2015). Evidence-based practice and autism in the schools (2nd ed.). Randolph, MA. Retrieved from: http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/resources/for-educators.