Research & Resources

The National Professional Development Center on ASD (NPDC) completed a review of literature published between 1990-2011 and identified 27 evidence-based practices for individuals with ASD from birth through age 21. These findings have been disseminated broadly in several formats.

  • Technical Report from NPDC has been downloaded over 9000 times since 2014.
  • The findings were published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders in 2015 and according to Google Scholar has been cited over 250 times.  Access to article may be limited by individual or institutional subscription to the journal.  Listed below is the complete citation:

    Wong, C., Odom, S. L., Hume, K. A., Cox, A. W., Fettig, A., Kucharczyk, S., … Schultz, T. R. (2015).  Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Comprehensive Review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(7), 1951–1966. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2351-z

  • The findings were featured in a number of articles in the popular press, including The American Educator and Disability Scoop.
  • A summary of the findings is on the NPDC website:
  • The NPDC created online modules for each of the 27 evidence-based practices. The new modules are called Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM). AFIRM Modules are designed to help practitioners learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an EBP with learners with ASD from birth through age 21. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download:
  • The Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) project has translated evidence-based practices identified by Wong et al. (2015) into online learning modules. The impact, usefulness, and relevance of AFIRM has been published online:

    Sam, A.M., Cox, A.W., Savage, M.N., Waters, V. & Odom, S.L. (2019) Disseminating Information on Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: AFIRM. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication.

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