There is no cure for autism. Autistic people need appropriate support tailored to their needs and interventions which target specific areas of difficulty (for example communication skills, sleep problems and anxiety). Research Autism defines interventions as “any kind of activity (such as a treatment, a therapy or the provision of a service) that is designed to improve the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum”.

There are huge numbers of interventions available for autism and it can be extremely overwhelming to try and navigate through everything that is available.

Every autistic person is different so it is very difficult to set out which interventions would work for which people. Assessing the evidence base of different interventions is important as it provides information on whether an intervention really delivers what it claims and whether it is worth the time and money. Other factors which can help in choosing interventions is how much time it takes, how much it costs, who needs to be involved and is it available in the local area.

Research Autism is an organisation that provides objective information on interventions and their evidence.

Visit their website – www.researchautism.net – to find out more able specific interventions.