Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Comprehensive Review

Connie Wong, Samuel L. Odom, Kara A. Hume, Ann W. Cox, Angel Fettig, Suzanne Kucharczyk, Matthew E. Brock, Joshua B. Plavnick, Veronica P. Fleury, Tia R. Schultz

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The purpose of this study was to identify evidenced-based, focused intervention practices for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder. This study was an extension and elaboration of a previous evidence-based practice review reported by Odom et al. (Prev Sch Fail 54:275–282, 2010b, doi:10.1080/10459881003785506). In the current study, a computer search initially yielded 29,105 articles, and the subsequent screening and evaluation process found 456 studies to meet inclusion and methodological criteria. From this set of research studies, the authors found 27 focused intervention practices that met the criteria for evidence-based practice (EBP). Six new EBPs were identified in this review, and one EBP from the previous review was removed. The authors discuss implications for current practices and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1951-1966
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 19 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for this study was provided by Grant No. H325G07004 from the Office of Special Education Programs and R324B090005 from the Institute of Education Science, both in the Department of Education. Opinions expressed do not reflect those of the funding agency.

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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Children and youth
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Focused intervention


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