Are you confused about treatments and therapies for autism?
Are you looking for an unbiased guide?
This book provides an accessible, evidence-based overview of the most commonly used interventions for children and adults on the autism spectrum, and guides you through the information and tools needed to help you evaluate interventions for yourself, including:
- Key information on autism: what it is, and common issues facing people on the autism spectrum
- A comprehensive overview of a wide range of interventions and what scientific research tells us about their effectiveness and safety
- Best practice guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
- Tools to help you make informed decisions about interventions such as questions to ask about any intervention, and a list of principles that any intervention should follow
- Personal perspectives, organisations and websites, further reading.
Download sample materials: Front and Back Cover | Imprint and Introduction | Chapter 1: What is autism? | Chapter 8: Assistive and Adaptive Technology | Key Principles for Autism Interventions | Key Questions | Summary of NICE Guidance
Read: Ask the authors: Bernard Fleming answering your questions in our special World Autism Awareness Day Online Q&A, Thursday 2 April 2015, 12.30pm (GMT).
Choosing Autism Interventions: A Research-Based Guide provides an accessible evidence-based overview of the most commonly used interventions for children and adults on the autism spectrum. It summarises best clinical practice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and gives a set of tools to help you evaluate interventions for yourself. It is the first guide of its kind to meet the requirements of the NHS Information Standard and is of value to people with autism, their parents and carers and professionals alike.
This guide will benefit people on the autism spectrum and their parents and carers, frontline staff in service-providing organisations, policymakers, academics and researchers.
The guide is divided into four sections:
The Information Standard is a certification programme for all organisations producing evidence-based health and care information for the public. Any organisation achieving The Information Standard has undergone a rigorous assessment to check that the information they produce is clear, accurate, balanced, evidence-based and up-to-date.
Bernard Fleming is the Information Manager at Research Autism, the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism. He has worked in the disability sector for the last 29 years and served on the editorial board of NHS Choices for five years. He currently runs the Research Autism information service.
Dr Elisabeth Hurley, PhD, Bsc, is the Research Officer at Autism West Midlands, the leading charity in the West Midlands for people on the autism spectrum. She has co-authored The Good and Bad Science of Autism (2013) with Dr Neil Walsh and edited the book Ultraviolet Voices: Stories of women on the autism spectrum (2014).
The Goth was diagnosed 13 years ago with high-functioning autism, and has been working as a trainer and advocate in the autism field since then. He has advised on two television series that featured autists and co-written Asperger's Syndrome for Dummies (2010).
Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the promotion of high-quality research into autism treatments, therapies and other approaches. We carry out our own research and also provide impartial information about autism approaches and research conducted by others.
Autism West Midlands is the leading charity in the West Midlands for people affected by autism. We exist to enable all people with autism, and those who love and care for them to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.
Pavilion Publishing and Media is the leading provider of professional development products and services for public, private and voluntary workers in the health, social care, education and emergency response sectors.
Dimensions is a specialist service provider for people with autism and people with learning disabilities, supporting around 3,500 people across England and Wales to live more independently at home and in the community. Many of the people we support have additional behaviour support needs.