This is my last in the series about the National Professional Development Center for ASD’s Evidence-based Interventions report. You can check out the rest of the series here. Today I am going to focus on some of the interventions that didn’t qualify for evidence-based status. You should definitely check out the whole list of these interventions in the report, but I am going to talk about 6 interventions that (in addition to structured work systems) have some basis or are up and coming interventions that may be effective with the population.
Behavioral momentum involves presenting a series of high probability tasks (i.e., mastered tasks) followed by the low probability task you want the student to complete. High probability tasks are ones with a high probability that the person will complete while low probability have a low likelihood of being completed. The idea is that you get the person moving and following directions with the high probability tasks and then present the one they are less likely to complete. So if you want him to write your name, you might tell Joe (who easily follows 1-step directions) to touch his head, touch his toes, find his ear, clap his hands, jump up and down, pick up the pencil, put it above his head, and then write his name. Research with a wide range of individuals shows this to be an effective intervention, there was just insufficient evidence with participants specifically diagnosed with ASD.
Handwriting Without Tears
Reciprocal Imitation Training
Touch Point Instruction
Until next time,