Original Paper

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 7, pp 1311-1319

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Development of the Evaluative Method for Evaluating and Determining Evidence-Based Practices in Autism

  • Brian ReichowAffiliated withDepartment of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University Email author 
  • , Fred R. VolkmarAffiliated withChild Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
  • , Domenic V. CicchettiAffiliated withChild Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine

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Although research in autism has grown more sophisticated, the gap between research knowledge and applicability of research in real world settings has grown. There have been a number of different reviews of evidence-based practices of treatments for young children with autism. Reviews which have critically evaluated the empirical evidence have not found any treatments that can be considered evidence-based. Reasons for this shortcoming are explored, and a new method for the evaluation of empirical evidence is provided. Future uses of this evaluative method are provided as well as a discussion of how this tool might aid in narrowing the research to practice gap.


Autism Evidence-based practice