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Choosing Autism Interventions

A Research-Based Guide

Price: £19.95
Choosing Autism Interventions provides a research-based overview of the most commonly used interventions for children and adults on the autism spectrum.
Author(s): Bernard Fleming, Elisabeth Hurley and the Goth

Choosing Autism Interventions: A Research-Based Guide provides an accessible evidence-based overview of the most commonly used interventions for children and adults on the autism spectrum. It summarises best clinical practice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and gives a set of tools to help you evaluate interventions for yourself. It is the first guide of its kind to meet the requirements of the NHS Information Standard.

The Information Standard is a certification programme for all organisations producing evidence-based health and care information for the public. Any organisation achieving The Information Standard has undergone a rigorous assessment to check that the information they produce is clear, accurate, balanced, evidence-based and up-to-date.

This guide will benefit people on the autism spectrum and their parents and carers, frontline staff in service-providing organisations, policymakers, academics and researchers.
ISBN: 9781910366769
Publication: 06 May 2015
Content: The guide is divided into four sections:

Key information: what is autism, common issues facing people on the autism spectrum, overview of interventions, how scientific research works.

Interventions: a comprehensive overview of a wide range of interventions and what scientific research tells us about their effectiveness and safety.

Tools: key principles any intervention should follow; questions to ask about any intervention (including red flags to watch out for); summary of NICE guidance on best clinical practice.

Appendices: personal perspectives; organisations and websites; further reading.


Bernard Fleming is the information manager at Research Autism, the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to research into interventions in autism. He has worked in the disability sector for the last 29 years and served on the editorial board of NHS Choices for five years. He currently runs the Research Autism information service.

Dr Elisabeth Hurley PhD, Bsc, is the research officer at Autism West Midlands, the leading charity in the West Midlands for people on the autism spectrum. She has co-authored The Good and Bad Science of Autism (2013) with Dr Neil Walsh and edited the book Ultraviolet Voices: Stories of women on the autism spectrum (2014).

The Goth was diagnosed 13 years ago with high-functioning autism, and has been working as a trainer and advocate in the autism field since then. He has advised on two television series that featured autists and co-written Asperger’s Syndrome for Dummies (2010).