There are many interventions for autism that claim to be effective, however only some of these are supported by scientific research. Interventions shown to be effective via well-conducted scientific research are called empirically supported treatments (ESTs).
Our knowledge about effective treatments for children with autism is growing. However, the autism field has some way to go in establishing a solid research base that can be applied to children across the range a full range of ages, abilities, and circumstances. For example, sometimes research may not be available on children matching your child’s age or individual characteristics. . Evidence-based practise integrates the best available intervention research with clinical expertise in the context of a child’s individual characteristics, culture, and preferences (American Psychological Association, 2006).