Families, educators, and service providers are constantly bombarded by a massive amount of confusing and often conflicting information about the myriad treatments available. The National Standards Project is helping to reduce the resulting turmoil and uncertainty by addressing the need for evidence-based practice standards and providing guidelines for how to make choices about interventions.
“The National Standards Report may be the most important document that parents and practitioners ever read and the most important weapon in their arsenal to fight autism.”
Marjorie H. Charlop, Ph.D. / Professor of Psychology, Claremont McKenna College / Director, The Claremont Autism Center
On April 2, 2015 – World Autism Awareness Day – the National Autism Center released a review and analysis of interventions for ASD based on research conducted in the field from 2007 to 2012. This report provides an update to the empirical intervention literature (as published in the National Standards Report in 2009) and includes studies evaluating interventions for adults (22+), which have never been systematically evaluated before now.
The National Standards Project answers one of the most pressing public health questions of our time — how do we effectively treat individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?
The National Autism Center launched the project in 2005 with the support and guidance of an expert panel composed of nationally recognized scholars, researchers, and other leaders representing diverse fields of study. The culmination of this rigorous multi-year project was the National Standards Report, published in 2009. It was the most comprehensive analysis available at the time about interventions for children and adolescents with ASD.
During the past five years, the National Autism Center has been pleased to share the results of the National Standards Project, Phase 1, to hundreds of thousands of individuals through the publication of the National Standards Report.
The primary goal of the National Standards Project is to provide critical information about which interventions have been shown to be effective for individuals with ASD. Phase 1 examined and quantified the level of research supporting interventions that target the core characteristics of ASD in children, adolescents, and young adults (below 22 years of age) on the autism spectrum. Phase 2 provides an update to the literature for interventions for those under age 22, and also included studies evaluating interventions for adults (22+), which have never been systematically evaluated before now.
The National Standards Report serves as a single, authoritative source of guidance for parents, caregivers, educators, and service providers as they make informed intervention decisions. We are confident that these findings and recommendations will change lives and give hope and direction to people whose lives are touched by autism.