Interventions for Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
- Michelle S. Ballan, Michelle S. BallanStony Brook University
- Molly Burke FreyerMolly Burke FreyerNew York University
- and Lauren PowledgeLauren PowledgeMount Sinai
Evidence-based interventions for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are explored, and trends and changes in the diagnosis of ASD in the United States are examined. Evidence-based interventions in various settings and modalities are discussed, with detailed descriptions of several effective evidence-based interventions including joint attention training, video modeling, story-based interventions, and activity schedules. The integral role of social workers in the lives of children with ASD in multiple settings, particularly the classroom, is emphasized. Social work must be vigilant to keep pace with the ever-changing field of autism, with its frequent improvements in understanding, diagnosis, and treatment.