Parents’ Quick Start Guide to Autism
Parents’ Quick Guide to Autism Interventions.
When your child has autism, navigating intervention options can be confusing and overwhelming when trying to act quickly but wisely to help your loved one. If you don’t know the best interventions to use or when to use them, you may feel stuck. Unintentionally, you might delay your child’s access to essential and timely interventions. Or, you may act in haste and spend your precious time and resources on interventions that are ineffective or even potentially harmful to your child. We want to help you avoid these pitfalls, by guiding you to the most up-to-date research on autism-focused interventions and highlighting a few parent-friendly interventions that can help you and your child enjoy some shared accomplishments sooner rather than later.
What works for Autism
A number of professional organizations have done the hard work of sorting through what works and what does not work for you. A recent report provided by the National Clearing House for Autism Evidence Based Practices summarizes 28 practices that research has demonstrated are the most effective interventions for people with autism. These are the primary supports to use to help your child. This comprehensive resource describes the positive outcomes reported in the reviewed studies, the age groups that benefited from them, and who successfully delivered the interventions. You can locate the complete guide at: www.ncaep.fpg.unc.edu/research-resources.
Evidence Based Practices
Knowing there are twenty-eight evidence-based practices for teaching skills at different ages is important. You can start with parent-friendly practices that you can confidently and safely use on your own. One recommended practice to start using now to increase your child’s skills and independence are “Visual Supports.” A visual support is a tool that will help your child understand and navigate the social world better. Since using and understanding spoken language is challenging for children with autism, visuals are a great way to “show” instead of “tell” your child what to do. This and many more interventions are discussed in my new book, Parent’s Quick Start Guide to Autism available on Amazon.
Dr. Forgan is a licensed school psychologist and tests kids for autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other issues. Call (561) 625 4125.