Working as a team

The key to achieving optimal outcomes in the use of Evidence Based Practices for individuals on the autism spectrum is to use a team approach whereby practitioners, individuals with autism, and their families work in partnership (National Autism Centre [NAC], 2015).

The NAC suggest three factors which underpin effective collaborative practices and optimise the chances of maximum benefit for individuals with autism:

  • The application of professional judgment that is based on sound research based information;
  • Consideration of the values and preferences of the individual with autism and their family; and
  • The use of a systematic approach to building the capacity within organisations (such as schools and childcare centres) to implement effective interventions (NAC, 2015).