The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) has updated the autism intervention literature review

Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The revised literature search and analysis by staff of the NPDC has identified 27 EBP focused intervention practices that will provide a solid, empirical basis on which to design programs for children and youth with ASD.
 In the previous review and analysis of the literature from 1997-2007, the National Professional Development Center on ASD (NPDC) identified 24 practices that met the evidentiary criteria they had established. The research on focused intervention practices (EBPs) has accelerated in recent years, requiring an ongoing process for updating and communicating the most current scientific knowledge about practices to practitioners and families.

The new EBP report describes the process that NPDC followed in identifying EBPs for children and youth with ASD and the results of the updates reviews of the literature. Using five databases (EBSCO, EMBASE, Medline, ISI, Sociological Abstracts) and a range of descriptors (e.g., autism, Asperger, intervention), the initial search generated over 29,000 articles published between 1990 and 2011. From the initial search, 456 articles were accepted as providing scientific evidence. Content analyses of procedures produced 27 different intervention practices (EBPs).

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