Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 7, pp 1311–1319

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


    • Department of Special Education, Peabody CollegeVanderbilt University
  • Fred R. Volkmar
    • Child Study CenterYale University School of Medicine
  • Domenic V. Cicchetti
    • Child Study CenterYale University School of Medicine
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-007-0517-7

Cite this article as:
Reichow, B., Volkmar, F.R. & Cicchetti, D.V. J Autism Dev Disord (2008) 38: 1311. doi:10.1007/s10803-007-0517-7


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.


AutismEvidence-based practice

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