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Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)

The Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET) is designed to assist schools in developing practices from initial referral to program development and implementation with a strong emphasis on research-based and peer-reviewed strategies. As such, this guide contains three sections relating to autism spectrum disorders (ASD or *AU): (a) introduction, (b) evaluation, and (c) interventions. Evaluations are divided by categories of evaluation (e.g., language, motor, adaptive functioning). Evidence-based interventions are defined according to the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) definition of scientific evidence. In addition to these interventions, we present intervention practices that have some scientific evidence and others that have no scientific evidence to support them. Therefore, we have created three categories of interventions: Evidence-Based Practices (EBP; full scientific support); some scientific support; and no support. Within each category, evaluations and interventions are presented in random order or through specific search terms; item order reflects no endorsement or mandate. Further, decisions about which evaluations and interventions to use are left to qualified individuals or committees charged with reviewing and creating programs for students with autism.

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