Quality of the information on educational and therapy interventions provided on the web sites of national autism associations

Jennifer Stephenson*, Mark Carter, Coral Kemp

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are often presented with a confusing array of intervention options that vary considerably in their level of research support. Logical sources of information and guidance are the web sites of national autism associations. This research examined the quality of the information that is available on the web sites of national autism associations with regard to educational and therapy interventions. Rankings derived from current research evidence on interventions were compared with those available on web sites to determine whether or not this information was consistent with current research evidence and the stated aims of the organisations. Overall, these sites provided limited guidance for parents and teachers with regard to the selection of research-based interventions. Several options to improve the information available are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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