We have tried to ensure that we follow the scientific method when evaluating the studies we cite on this site.
‘A body of techniques for investigating phenomena and acquiring new knowledge, as well as for correcting and integrating previous knowledge. It is based on observable, empirical, measurable evidence, and subject to laws of reasoning. All such evidence is collectively called scientific evidence.’
‘A body of knowledge, methodology, belief, or practice that is claimed to be scientific or made to appear scientific, but does not adhere to the scientific method.’
Without scientifically valid and reliable information people with autism and their parents or carers are vulnerable.
Unsubstantiated or exaggerated claims for the effectiveness of particular interventions may be deliberately marketed or presented to play on parental guilt and anxiety. Many of these are not individualised to the needs of the particular child. The evidence base for their effectiveness may be poor or even negative but they are marketed nontheless.
As a result, parents may waste time and significant amounts of money on unhelpful approaches or unwittingly place their child at a disadvantage
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