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A Practical Guide to Finding Treatments That Work for People with Autism - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128094808, 9780128097083

A Practical Guide to Finding Treatments That Work for People with Autism

1st Edition

Author: Susan Wilczynski
Paperback ISBN: 9780128094808
eBook ISBN: 9780128097083
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th January 2017
Page Count: 138
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Table of Contents

  • Series Foreword: Critical Specialities in Treating Autism and Other Behavioral Challenges
    • Purpose
  • Acknowledgments
  • Section I: Evidence-Based Practice: A Brief Overview
    • Section I. Evidence-Based Practice: A Brief Overview
  • Section II: Best Available Evidence
    • Section II. Best Available Evidence
    • Chapter 1. Systematic Review
      • Abstract
      • The Process of Conducting a Systematic Review
    • Chapter 2. Other Sources of Evidence
      • Abstract
      • Narrative Reviews
      • Practice Guidelines
      • Principles
      • Client History
  • Section III: Target, Stakeholder, and Leader Client Variables, Values, and Preferences
    • Section III. Target, Stakeholder, and Leader Client Variables, Values, and Preferences
    • Chapter 3. Client Health
      • Abstract
      • Medication
      • Medical and Comorbid Conditions
      • Biological Variables
      • Mental Health
    • Chapter 4. Client Repertoire and Behavioral Cusps
      • Abstract
      • Client Repertoire
      • Behavioral Cusps
    • Chapter 5. Client Preferences
      • Abstract
      • Preference Assessment
      • Choice
      • Preference as a Natural Byproduct of Treatment
    • Chapter 6. Quality of Life, Generalization, and Social Validity
      • Abstract
      • Quality of Life
      • Generalization
    • Chapter 7. Treatment Acceptability and Social Validity
      • Abstract
    • Chapter 8. Treatment Feasibility and Social Validity
      • Abstract
      • Resource Constraint
      • Environmental Supports
      • Addressing Resource Constraint/Environmental Supports
      • Treatment Fidelity
    • Chapter 9. Context Matters: Getting Systems to Adopt Treatments
      • Abstract
  • Section IV: Professional Judgment
    • Section IV. Professional Judgment
    • Chapter 10. Initial Selection: Weighing and Integrating Information
      • Abstract
      • Beginning the Process of EBP
      • Implement and Review Treatment
    • Chapter 11. Progress Monitoring
      • Abstract
      • Data Collection
      • Conflicting Forms of Evidence
    • Chapter 12. Determining the Next Step
      • Abstract
      • Retaining Treatments: A Plan to Fade Interventions
      • Adapting Treatments
      • Rejecting Treatments
  • Section V: Conclusions and Examples
    • Section V. Conclusions and Examples
      • Treatments Not Identified as Effective
      • Planning to Improve EBP at a Local Level
      • Examples
  • Appendix A. Evidence-Based Practice Guide
  • Appendix B. Sample Implementation Plan Checklist
  • References
  • Index


A Practical Guide to Finding Treatments That Work for People with Autism provides a logical, culturally sensitive, and values-based resource to aid practitioners in making informed decisions on the most effective treatment for any given client at any given time.

By providing multiple illustrative examples, practitioners will learn to use their professional judgment to integrate the best available evidence with client values and context. This will increase the efficacy of autism treatments, with the goal of producing meaningful gains across a range of skills.

Key Features

  • Presents a detailed description of the evidence-based practice of applied behavior analysis as it applies to ASD
  • Offers a decision-making framework that helps clinicians integrate the best available evidence with client values and context
  • Guides practitioners through the process of assessing treatment outcomes that fit with client values and contextual variables
  • Provides concrete examples for various age groups


Clinicians, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), and other professionals who work directly with children with ASD


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About the Author

Susan Wilczynski

Dr. Susan Wilczynski is the Plassman Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Before joining the faculty at Ball State University, she served as the Executive Director of the National Autism Center, where she chaired the National Standards Project. The National Standards was the largest comprehensive systematic review of the autism treatment literature of its time. Dr. Wilczynski developed the first center-based treatment program in the state of Nebraska while on faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, she supervised the first psychology lab run by a woman in the Psychology department. Dr. Wilczynski has edited multiple books and manuals on evidence-based practice and autism. Most recently, she has published articles related to evidence-based practice and diversity as well as evidence-based practice in non-traditional settings. Dr. Wilczynski has published scholarly works in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Modification, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Educating and Treating Children, and Psychology in the Schools. She currently serves as on the Practice Board for the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Dr. Wilczynski is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ball State University, Teachers College, Muncie, IN, USA