Bridging Practice and Science

The National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP) is conducting a systematic review of the current intervention literature targeting individuals on the autism spectrum. NCAEP is a continuation of the evidence review that was completed by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) which included research published through 2011. We will review research studies published in the last six years (2012-2017) which examine the impact of behavioral, educational, clinical and developmental practices and service models used with individuals on the autism spectrum from birth through age 21. The Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) are a free online tool designed to ensure that practitioners and families can USE these practices once they are identified through the review 

Why a Clearinghouse?

Identifying evidence-based practices is important for the field and provides guidance and support for many, including:

Individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Identification of evidence based practices (or EBPs) allows individuals and families to better advocate for the best possible support and education based on current research.

Educators and practitioners in schools and the community.  Identification of EBPs allows educators and practitioners to select the appropriate interventions based on the age, needs, and outcomes of those they serve.

Researchers. Identification of EBPs allows researchers to better understand and identify at research gaps and plan for future studies.

Advocacy groups and policy makers. Identification of EBPs allows advocates and policy makers to make informed decisions about practices and policies that will benefit individuals on the autism spectrum.

Health care providers and insurance companies. Identification of EBPs allows health care providers and insurance companies to appropriately identify a range of EBPs that can be provided, funded, and/or reimbursed for individuals across the spectrum and their families.