The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) has just come out with a lit review on the interventions used with people with autism that are backed by research evidence. They reviewed a decade of research from 1990 to 2011 and came up with a total of 27 practices.
The lit review focused on what they called “focused intervention practices” instead of more comprehensive treatment models such as TEACCH or the Denver model.
Of course, the first thing I searched for as I scanned the list was sensory integration, and I wasn’t surprised to see it wasn’t included in the main list of 27 evidence-based practices. I did find “sensory diet” and “sensory integration and fine motor intervention” and surprisingly, Handwriting without Tears on the list of practices that had insufficient evidence at this time (page 25 & 26, if you’re interested). The good news is that even being included on that list means that there is some evidence of efficacy, just not enough yet to meet their set criteria for what would constitute an EBP.
You can download a copy of their report (for FREE) from this link: