Challenges in evaluating psychosocial interventions for autistic spectrum disorders

Catherine Lord, Ann Wagner, Sally J Rogers, Peter Szatmari, Michael Aman, Tony Charman, Geraldine Dawson, V. Mark Durand, Lee Grossman, Donald Guthrie, Sandra Harris, Connie Kasari, Lee Marcus, Susan Murphy, Samuel Odom, Andrew Pickles, Lawrence Scahill, Evelyn Shaw, Bryna Siegel, Marian SigmanWendy Stone, Tristram Smith, Paul Yoder

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In 2002, the National Institutes of Health sponsored a meeting concerning methodological challenges of research in psychosocial interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This paper provides a summary of the presentations and the discussions that occurred during this meeting. Recommendations to federal and private agencies included the need for randomized clinical trials of comprehensive interventions for autism as the highest, but not the sole priority. Ongoing working groups were proposed to address psychosocial interventions with a focus on relevant statistics, standardized documentation and methods of diagnosis, development of outcome measures, establishment of standards in research; and the need for innovative treatment designs, including application of designs from other research areas to the study of interventions in ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-708
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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