Children who have autism require comprehensive educational and treatment services. But given the myriad of therapeutic approaches that are recommended to professionals, parents, and the lay public, what are the most effective approaches for teaching skills, overcoming behavior challenges, and improving quality of life? This question speaks to the issues of evidencebased and empirically supported practices. Put succinctly, research must inform practitioners through scientifi cally controlled evaluations of methods that can be extended to “real world” settings where children with autism live, go to school, socialize, and recreate. However, identifying and validating effective practices is a complex and multifaceted process that is currently lacking consensus within the professional community and is in need of detailed explication. This book brings together multiple contemporary perspectives on intervention effectiveness in the area of autism education and behavior support.
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Keywords: autism, teaching skills, quality of life, professional community