Resources to learn more about research and evaluating autism treatments

ASAT - The Association for Science in Autism Treatment

ASAT Online

ASAT promotes evidence based interventions based on sound scientific research, for people with autism. This site has a wealth of information including:

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Autism Resource Guide

This guide is a collection of articles, reviews and other resources. The first article: The Road Less Traveled: Charting A Clear Course for Autism Treatment discusses how to evaluate the many treatment options for autism. Find the Autism Resource Guide Here.

OAR, the Organization for Autism Research

Organization for Autism Research

OAR is a terrific resource for research information. The OAR website contains an introduction to the domain of autism research and provides tools for understanding, evaluating and applying research findings to your child’s autism. A good place to start is with the following link: Navigating Research

Another excellent resource on the site is A Parent’s Guide to Research. The following text was taken from its description:

“When parents are confronted with the shock of an autism diagnosis for their child, combined with the responsibility to try to make the right treatment choices as soon as possible, critical decisions become extremely difficult. And even well-intentioned but not fully informed people sometimes pursue unverified and possibly dangerous treatment alternatives based on unreliable information from web sites, hearsay, and the media.

OAR addresses this situation through the creation of a basic primer on autism research for use as a reference by parents. A Parent’s Guide to Research includes a glossary of terms, an overview of scientific research, how to determine if a particular study may or may not be pertinent to a particular child, and questions to ask with respect to treatments, therapies, and other methodologies under consideration. The Guide is currently available as a publication as well as a downloadable document on this web site. OAR provides the Guide at no cost to parents and families affected by autism, that is, those who have a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum.” Find the guide.