I encourage anyone interested in autism disorders, particularly parents of children newly diagnosed with an autism disorder, to read Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders STATE OF THE EVIDENCE October 2009. It is a thorough, comprehensive review, as the title indicates, of the State of the Evidence relating to autism interventions published by the State of Maine Departments of Health and Human Services and Department of Education.
Unlike many reviews of autism interventions it provides a detailed assessment and "grading" of the evidence in support of the various autism interventions. STATE OF THE EVIDENCE in many ways is an update and further refinement of another effort by our good neighbors in Maine the excellent Report of the MADSEC Autism Task Force (2000).
I have always believed that an evidence based approach to assessing the efficiency of autism interventions is of fundamental importance to finding the best ways to help my son Conor grow and overcome to the fullest possible extent the deficits that accompany his severe autistic disorder. The MADSEC report pointed clearly to ABA as the most evidence based autism intervention. While Conor never had the opportunity to benefit from Intensive Early Behavior Intervention he has benefited from ABA.
I do not ask any other parent to take my word on what benefits ABA might or might not be able to bring to their child with autism. I do encourage them to read credible sources about autism interventions. In the past the MADSEC Autism Task Force was the best report that I read providing a clear, well organized summary and assessment of the evidence in support of autism interventions. The STATE OF THE EVIDENCE is an important new resource that follows the same helpful pattern.