Autism Intervention Questions to Ask - dummies

Autism Intervention Questions to Ask

By Stephen Shore, Linda G. Rastelli, Temple Grandin

Part of Understanding Autism For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many “entrepreneurs” are only too happy to accept your money for their “miracle cures” or interventions for your loved one with autism. Keep your eyes open, and ask these questions about all those sellers and their interventions:

  • What evidence supports the intervention’s effectiveness? Is the evidence independent research or just case studies? What’s the success rate of the intervention? Are there side effects or interactions?

  • Who else is offering the intervention, and how is yours better?

  • What other interventions are available? Can they be combined?

  • What’s the total cost? Will my health insurance or a government program cover the cost, or is it tax deductible?

  • Can I speak with other people who have tried this already?

  • How will the treatment help, specifically? How can I measure progress? What timeframe does the treatment call for?