Autism Resource: Evidence Based Practices

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In this post, I’ll be sharing a FREE resource for you!

This free resource (and I’ll say it again - it’s free!) is all about evidence-based practices (EBPs) or strategies that have shown to be successful with teaching skills and behaviors with learners on the autism spectrum.

First of all:

Did you know that there are 27 identified EBPs for learners specifically on the spectrum?

Here’s a report from the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) where they share their process of going through intervention studies and determining which count as EBPs.

They also have a great section about what does not count as an EBP because of insufficient evidence or evidence proving the lack of effectiveness of a practice or strategy.

Now, what’s this resource?

It’s named Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) and they have video modules for all of the 27 evidence-based practices.

It’s such a fantastic resource and tool to have in your back pocket to learn and implement EBPs in whatever role you occupy (family member, teacher, therapist, student, or professional) and setting (school, home, clinic, and in the community).


Hop on over to the website! You can create an account for free (FREE, I said it again!) and you will get immediate access to all 27 of the evidence-based practices and their respective modules.

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Each of the modules consists of a pre- and post-assessment, case examples, videos, audio, transcriptions for all of these, and interactive assessments scattered throughout the module.

Their goal is get you to start the practice, so each module is organized in a step-by-step process of planning, using, and monitoring the practice you’ve selected.

Also! They have an option to earn a free certificate for professional development at the end of each module.


Here’s all 27 of them!:

Antecedent-based Intervention

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention

Differential Reinforcement

Discrete Trial Training



Functional Behavior Assessment

Functional Communication Training


Naturalistic Intervention

Parent Implemented Interventions

Peer-mediated Instruction and Intervention

Picture Exchange Communication System

Pivotal Response Training



Response Interruption and Redirection



Social Narratives

Social Skills Training

Structured Play Groups

Task Analysis

Technology-aided Instruction and Intervention

Time Delay

Video Modeling

Visual Supports


For the past few months, I’ve been coaching with teachers on these evidence-based practices for their elementary students on the autism spectrum.

Some of their favorites are visual supports, social narratives, peer mediated instruction and intervention, and self-management.

I bet you’ve heard of at least one of these practices as it relates to the needs of your child and the autism community.

I’ve found them to be extremely helpful resources to get a little deeper in how I can use a support and accommodation for my students and siblings.

What module are you interested in checking out? Have you heard of AFIRM before? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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