Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Little Known About Helping Teens, Adults With Autism


As a wave of kids with autism enter the transition stage, strikingly little is known about the best interventions for teens and young adults with the disorder, a new analysis finds.
In a review of more than 4,500 studies on autism interventions published between 1980 and 2011, Vanderbilt University researchers found just 32 focused on therapies for people ages 13 to 30. And among the small number of existing studies, many were poorly done, according to the analysis released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
“Overall, there is very little evidence in all areas of care for adolescents and young adults with autism, and it is urgent that more rigorous studies be developed and conducted,” said Melissa McPheeters, director of Vanderbilt’s Evidence-Based Practice Center and senior author of the report.
Read more of Michelle Diament's Disability Scoop article HERE.
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