Evidenced-Based Interventions for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2018 Oct;48(10):234-249. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2018.08.014. Epub 2018 Oct 15.


This paper reviews evidenced-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the disciplines of psychology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and developmental pediatrics.

Background: rates of ASD diagnoses have been steadily rising over the past 2 decades. There are a wide range of therapies and interventions, of varying levels of evidence, across disciplines that are now available to treat children with ASD. The field has moved toward a greater emphasis on the identification and utilization of evidenced-based treatments.

Methods: a review and summary of recent literature was conducted by professionals in an interdisciplinary autism center. An emphasis was placed on results of the National Autism Center's National Standards Project.

Results and conclusions: within each discipline, interventions exist that vary in level of evidenced-based support. Although disciplines may differ in their definitions of evidence-based treatments, it is important for each discipline to strive to offer and promote practices with the best evidenced-based support according to each field's standards.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / physiopathology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / therapy*
  • Child
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Language Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Social Skills