Evidence-Based Practices for Children with Autism and Spectrum Disorders
Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
In this overview, Dr. Tristram Smith discusses the importance of using evidence-based practices for children with autism. He also distinguishes among treatments that are or are not considered evidence-based. Lastly, he provides an overview of the research supporting various interventions for autism.
Tristram Smith, Ph.D., is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Smith is currently a behavior specialist in the Community Consultation Program in the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and a researcher who conducts studies aimed at identifying effective interventions for children with autism. Dr. Smith and colleagues conduct studies on the efficacy of interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Other current studies involve comparing outcomes of interventions such as different models of intervention for establishing communication in nonverbal children with autism, approaches to helping parents become effective teachers for their children, and medications and behavioral interventions for children with ASD who also have challenging behaviors.