Checklist for Autism Treatment Selection
By: Adora Bright
Green Flag: Every item below that you check off is an indication that you have chosen a treatment worthy of consideration (though it does not guarantee it will be effective). If you decide to pursue a treatment for which you cannot check off certain items below, seek further information on why this is the case.
• The treatment does not claim to cure autism.
• The treatment does not claim to be a quick solution.
• The treatment is individualized for each child.
• The treatment addresses all three of the developmental areas (i.e., communication, social skills, and repetitive/unusual behaviours) affected by autism.
• Therapy is said to help the symptoms and not the causes of autism.
• The service is regulated and/or endorsed by an overseeing professional body.
• The people supervising and delivering the therapy can present evidence of their qualifications, training related to the treatment, and on-going training and/or supervision.
• Published research on the effectiveness of the treatment is readily available in peer-reviewed journals.
• Ongoing research for the treatment is being conducted.
• Therapists allow parents to observe their child receiving the treatment.
• Parents are involved in the treatment.
• Parents are involved in the planning and goal setting.
• Goals set are based on observable behaviours.
• Baseline data are taken before treatment starts.
• Data are recorded and used to make...
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