Evidence-Based Practices in the Treatment of Challenging Behavior
Recent reviews of literature have identified numerous interventions as evidence-based for addressing core and associated features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A subset of those EBPs is designed and/or has been evaluated for their efficacy in addressing challenging behavior, which is the focus of this document.
In this document, interventions that have been shown to be effective for addressing challenging behavior are described, along with considerations related to variables that impact perceived severity. Use the arrow keys to scroll between sections, or click a link to the right to learn more about each EBP.
- Antecedent Based Interventions
- Differential Reinforcement of Alternative, Incompatible, or Other Behavior
- Functional Communication Training (FCT)
- Parent-Implemented Instruction & Intervention
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Prompting (including Time Delay)
- Response Interruption & Redirection (RIRD)
- Visual Supports
Joel E. Ringdahl, PhD University of Georgia, Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research
Cynthia Anderson, PhD, BCBA-D May Institute
Karen Bearss, PhD University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Joanna Lomas Mevers, PhD, BCBA Emory University, Marcus Autism Center
Kelly Schieltz, Ph.D., BCBA-D University of Iowa