National Standards

The National Autism Center Announces the Launch of the National Standards Project, Phase 3

The National Standards Project was designed to give educators, parents, practitioners, and organizations the information and resources the need to make informed choices about effective interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Phase 1 (released in 2009) examined and quantified the level of research supporting interventions that target the core characteristics of ASD in children, adolescents, and young adults (below 22 years of age) on the autism spectrum.

Phase 2 (released in 2015) provides an update to the literature for interventions for those under age 22, and also included studies evaluating interventions for adults (22+), which had never been systematically evaluated.

The primary goal of this newest phase of the National Standards Project is to provide updated information about which interventions have been shown to be effective for individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan. Phase 3 will include all previous literature from Phases 1 and 2 of the Project, as well as all new research conducted through 2018. 

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