New Evidence Based Autism Blog

8 Oct

Autism News Beat is a new blog that looks to become:

….a resource for journalists looking for accurate, evidence-based information about autism.

Lets hope it can reach its intended audience!

5 Responses to “New Evidence Based Autism Blog”

  1. Harold L Doherty October 8, 2007 at 15:15 #

    It is good to see Neurodiversity Hub bloggers finally embracing the evidence based concept. You DO understand that Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence based intervention for autism don’t you? To date the ONLY evidence based intervention shown to be effective as a health and education intervention for autistic children?

  2. Kev October 8, 2007 at 15:30 #


  3. Joseph October 8, 2007 at 15:51 #

    I understand that ABA is believed to be evidence based. I also understand that this belief is based on non-randomized trials, and a complete lack of adult outcome studies. Do you, Harold?

    I might be very much interested in science, and also respect the scientific method in opposition to pseudo-science, as I clearly do, but that’s completely different to bending over to authority or sacred cows, and believing something is evidence-based because some big respectable organization says so. I care about facts, data and methodology.

  4. jon Mitchell October 8, 2007 at 19:24 #

    Mr. Doherty: How do you explain the fact that in lovaas 1987 there was such a low ratio (11 boys 8 girls) in the control group that this control group could have possibly been a representative sample of autistics when studies have repeatedly found a 4 to 1 ratio of boys to girls among autistics. Also, the fact that a variety of studies, including the recent epedimiologic study released by the CDC have shown that at the lower functioning levels of autism, female autistics generally have lower tested cognitive abilities than boys. Clearly your claim that this is evidenced based is not based on a representative sample of autistics. Also the fact that pre-treatment and post-treatment measures used were not the same and no evidence is suggested that the pre-test measurements are predictors of post-test. also, so many tests were used we do not know who got what test and there is just a range of scores given and no individual scores in this study.

    ABA is your opiate, but i don’t think it will enable your son to function at the level you would like him to.

  5. Luai_lashire October 8, 2007 at 20:42 #

    Not to mention, I don’t find any study using only 19 test subjects to be at all conclusive. We have starting points; we don’t have solid and incontrovertable facts.

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