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A Guide for Assessment > Interventions and Programming

Thorough assessment across domains and settings provides the information needed by multidisciplinary teams to design comprehensive programs for students with exceptionalities.  Recent trends in special education law stress incorporation of evidence-based practices and interventions into programming in order to effectively educate and support individuals with disabilities.  This section provides professionals and family members with critical information on evidence-based practices and interventions for designing integrated systems of support.

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Autism Internet Modules (AIM)
The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with autism spectrum disorders.
http://www.autisminternetmodules.org

The Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching: TARGET
A manual designed to provide educational professionals with information on school-based interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders.  The following information is provided for each intervention: (a) verbal skills required, age appropriate for, cognitive level, and areas addressed; (b) brief introduction; (c) description; (d) steps; (e) brief example; (f) tips for modifications; (g) summary; (h) research table and synopsis of each study; (i) references; and (j) resources and materials.
http://www.txautism.net/manual.html

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC on ASD)
NPDC on ASD is a multi-university center that promotes the use of evidence-based interventions with children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.  NPDC on ASD has identified 24 evidence-based practices (EBP) for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.
http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Final Report on Environmental Scan
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services commissioned an environmental scan to identify evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.  The scan focused on behavioral and psychosocial interventions written between 1998-2008.  This review used the same criteria to identify articles as the NPDC on ASD.
http://www.impaqint.com/files/4-content/1-6-publications/1-6-2-project-reports/finalasdreport.pdf             

National Autism Center’s Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools
The National Autism Center developed a Scientific Merit Rating Scale (SMRS) to identify evidence-based practices. The SMRS analyzed (a) research design, (b) measurement of the dependent variable, (c) measurement of the independent variable or procedural fidelity, (d) participant ascertainment, and (e) generalization. Each of these elements within an article was rated on a 5-point Likert scale with scores of 3, 4, and 5 indicating scientific rigor.
http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/learning/practitioner.php

IDEA Partnerships ASD Collections 
The IDEA Partnership, in conjunction with representatives from national organizations and state technical assistance centers– developed so-called ASD Collections, including two features on assessment. A Collection contains tools such as Needs of the Field, a Glossary of Terms, PowerPoint presentations with Presenter's Guides, and a resource list. The Collection is designed for to be used to train staff, professionals, and parents.
http://www.ideapartnership.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1493


Documents

Assessment for the Purpose of Instructional Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
A chapter that provides information on the characteristics of ASD and the impact they have on the assessment process.  A description of the "core best practices" for assessing individuals with ASD is presented.
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The CAPS and Ziggurat Models: Planning a Comprehensive Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Evidence-based Practices
This document summarizes two models, The Ziggurat Model and CAPS, that provide a unique way to design and implement a comprehensive program for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities using evidence-based interventions.
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Life Journey Through Autism: An Educator’s Guide  
A resource that provides parents and educators with a six-step approach to teaching a child with autism in the general elementary classroom setting.
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