Seven Essential Tips for Parents Evaluating Autism Interventions
ASDetect identifies the early signs of autism, to help reduce the age at which children with autism are identified. The younger a child is accurately identified the sooner intervention can begin allowing children’s full learning potential to be realized.
But how do parents know which autism intervention to choose? The number of interventions claiming to help children with autism is growing constantly; the Raising Children Network indicates that there are over 400 therapies and services currently on offer.
Here are some questions you can use to guide your evaluation of the most appropriate therapy/service for you and your child.
Has there been any independent research undertaken on the therapy/service?
Where is the research published? Is it a credible source?
When was the research done? Has it been updated recently?
Has it been superseded by other research? Has it been replicated by other research?
How accurate is the therapy/service? – To what extent does it do what it claims to do? How is accuracy measured?
Is the therapy/service based on the work of a single person? Is its success reported in the form of testimonials (which are often biased)?
Is information about the research methods used and the success of the therapy/service readily available?
How extensive is the claim made for the product/tool? Does this correspond to the extent of the underlying research?
How does the cost of the therapy/service compare to other similar therapies/services?
Reprinted from http://asdetect.org/7-essential-tips-for-parents-evaluating-autism-interventions/