Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools Receives Rave Reviews

Here’s another press release of interest, especially to educators. If you’re a teacher, whether special education or general education, don’t forget to enter my book giveaway!

National Autism Center Educator Manual Earning Rave Reviews

Almost 90 Percent of Respondents Report Greater Knowledge about Treatments for Autism

With thousands of copies already in circulation in all 50 states and dozens of countries, the National Autism Center’s autism manual for educators – “Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools” – is receiving high marks from educators in the special education community.

In a national survey following the release of this 181-page guide earlier this year, responses demonstrated that the manual is making a significant impact on improving educators’ knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and providing effective interventions for students on the autism spectrum.

In one of the important findings from the survey, 89 percent of respondents say their knowledge about effective treatments for students with ASD has improved as a result of the manual.

Research confirms that early and effective intervention offers the greatest opportunity for positive life outcomes.

“Teachers and parents are inundated with treatment choices following an autism diagnosis,” says Susan M. Wilczynski, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director of the National Autism Center. “What treatment should a school system or family choose when all treatments seem to claim they are effective? Information and misinformation about treatment choices can result in delays in beginning treatment, or making treatment choices that cost the child, family, and school systems significant time, expense, and disappointment. The manual is designed to give teachers the resources they need to make informed choices and to collaborate with parents to ensure effective treatments are used to offer the child the greatest hope for his or her future.”

Other significant findings include:

  • Of those who identified the question as applicable to their work, 96 percent of the respondents said it is “true” or “somewhat true” that they now use more treatments that have been demonstrated to be effective.
  • Ninety-five percent of respondents reported that they are now seeking additional knowledge or training on treatments shown to be effective, while 96 percent say it is true or somewhat true that they are now helping parents participate more effectively in their children’s educational process.
  • Ninety-two percent of the respondents said they have taken steps to build greater capacity in their schools (a major issue facing public school systems today).
  • Ninety-six percent of the respondents indicated that they would recommend this manual to another educator.
  • One hundred percent found the manual easy to understand.

In one of hundreds of comments submitted, an educator from the Midwest wrote, “The quality of the manual and the companion information does a great deal to promote quality education for children with autism. The materials are outstanding as resources for parents and should form the foundation for constructive dialogues about educational strategies to be implemented for individual children.”

The manual provides important information about the 2009 published research findings from the Center’s National Standards Report, the most extensive analysis of treatments for children and adolescents with ASD ever published. The manual also offers guidance on how to integrate professional judgment, family values, and preferences into treatment selection in order to build capacity and implement interventions accurately. For more information about the manual, or to download a free copy, visit www.nationalautismcenter.org.

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