More Research Needed for Teen Autism Treatments

Most of the research in autism treatment and prevention is aimed at young children. Early intervention is best and most helpful, but as the autism population ages, so must treatment solutions be aimed at older children and young adults.

As the Huffington Post points out, a new government report confirms that there is little scientific evidence that any of the treatments or interventions used in older children or young adults have any efficacy.

The lead author found there was a “dramatic lack of evidence for any kind of interventions.”  In my reading, however, the study did not say the interventions did not work, only that there was no evidence.

More research needs to be done.  We need to know if the interventions currently being used to help young adults enter the work force are effective, and if not, how we can help those young adults become productive members of society.

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