Interventions for children and young people on the autistic spectrum: A critical perspective

Year: 2006

Author: Parkinson, Gillian, Humphrey, Neil

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of intervention for children and young people on the autistic spectrum are challenging endeavours. In this article, we adopt a critical approach to research in this area, and attempt to offer an alternative perspective for understanding and interpreting empirical evaluations. We outline and discuss theoretical, methodological and practical issues and limitations associated with the current research body, and provide illustrative examples of gaps in the current literature.

Keywords: Autistic spectrum disorders; Intervention research