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.


ASD Strategies in Action
An online video training program that provides practical information and skills, demonstrated with real-life examples, filmed in a variety of settings for those who interact with individuals with ASD.

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.

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.

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 27 evidence-based practices (EBP) for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

National Autism Center's National Standards Project
The National Standards Project address the question of how to effectively support individuals with ASD. The National Standards Report, published in 2009, serves as a source of guidance for parents and professionals as they make informed decisions about interventions.

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 to be used to train staff, professionals, and parents.


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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An Educator’s Guide to Autism
A resource that provides parents and educators with a seven-step approach to teaching a child with autism in the general elementary classroom setting.
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