Autism Spectrum Disorder affects 1 in 68 children. It does not discriminate based on ethnic group or socioeconomic status. So, if someone in your life has autism, it is essential you care about science so you can make good autism treatment choices to achieve the best outcome possible.
To do that, you need to “question everything.” Due diligence (doing your homework) is essential to protect the ASD individual from treatments that do not work, or are harmful, and will also give you the knowledge to find the autism treatments that really work.
Where do you look? Seek out evidence published in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. At present, there are over 400 so-called treatments for autism. The vast majority of which have insufficient -or no- data indicating that they are effective. Wasting money is one thing, wasting your precious time when you are in a race against the clock, is something else altogether.
Intensive Behavioural Treatment, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, is considered best practices in autism treatment.
Below, is a valuable resource for those interested in the source documents that comprise the current state of the science in autism treatment: