Overview of Evidence-based Interventions in ASD

Evidence based practices

What are EBPs?

  • “..a set of practices that have clear evidence of positive effects with autistic children and youth.” - The National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence & Practice
  • Evidence-based practices, also known as EBPs, are strategies that are encouraged in the practice and teaching of individuals with autism due to their strong research and data backing. EBPs can be utilized across all settings including the home, clinic, other therapy sessions and most importantly, in schools.
  • The National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence & Practice has a great resource that lists and describes the current 28 EBPs. 


List of the 28 EBPs

Each of the hyperlinks below go to the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on Autism at University of North Carolina. Each links opens a document (a "brief") that includes information about the EBP including the evidence base for the intervention and an implementation checklist for using the EBP with fidelity.

  1. Antecedent-Based Intervention
  2. Augmentative and Alternative communication
  3. Behavior Momentum Intervention
  4. Cognitive Behavior/Instructional Strategies
  5. Differential Reinforcement
  6. Direct Instruction
  7. Discrete Trial Training
  8. Exercise and Movement
  9. Extinction
  10. Functional Behavioral Assessment
  11. Functional Communication Training
  12. Modeling 
  13. Music-Mediated Intervention
  14. Naturalistic Intervention
  15. Parent-Implemented intervention
  16. Peer-Based Instruction and Intervention
  17. Prompting
  18. Reinforcement
  19. Response Interruption/redirection
  20. Self-Management
  21. Sensory Integration
  22. Social Narratives
  23. Social Skills Training
  24. Task Analysis
  25. Technology-Aided instruction and intervention
  26. Time Delay
  27. Video Modeling
  28. Visual Supports 

Each link will open a new web browser. 

Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative

Several publications have been developed as a result of a partnership between the Thompson Foundation for Autism, the Office of Special Education of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Division of Developmental Disabilities of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Mercy Children’s Hospital – St. Louis and Springfield, and members of the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative. These documents include the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guide to Evidence-based Interventions and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Missouri Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis, and Assessment and supporting documentation. More information about the MAGI documents, including how to access copies at no cost, is available on our website.

Mid-Missouri rapid response initiative self-paced, noncredit short course in autism interventions

Free to take online through the Missouri University Extension, the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-Based Practice and Interventions training was developed by the Mid-Missouri Rapid Response Initiative, which is funded by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities. This online module was created from the training through a partnership with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, University of Missouri Extension, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Office of Autism Services. 

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders online training modules for evidence based interventions

The National Professional Development Center has developed online modules for each of the evidence-based practices identified in their review of ASD interventions. These modules are available on the Autism Focused intervention resources & Modules (AFIRM) website.

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) online training modules for evidence based interventions

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) has also developed Autism Internet Modules (AIM) which features content from experts on ASD across the nation on topics including assessment and identification, characteristics, evidence-based practices and interventions, transition to adulthood, and employment. The AIM platform was designed and built by OCALI staff with components consistent with research on how adults learn. Information is presented at a universal reading level with activities providing support to those with introductory or advanced knowledge on ASD.

Featured below is one of a series of videos produced by Project ACCESS to assist with understanding each of the Evidence-Based Interventions. We will provide a different video each month.

Project ACCESS is committed to inculcating best practices through providing professional development that is based on evidence-based interventions. If you are interested in learning more about treatments and interventions that are based on scientific research, you are invited to investigate material provided in the resources listed here. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at 1-866-481-3841 or ProjectACCESS@missouristate.edu