The Early Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: “Guidelines for Good Practice” page 10, 2012 recommends that parents ask the following questions of their healthcare provider:

Questions Parents Should Ask

  1. What are the specific aims of the program?
  2. Are there any medical or physical risks?
  3. What assessments of individual children are carried out prior to the intervention?
  4. What is the evidence base for this intervention?
  5. What evaluation methods have been used to assess the outcome of intervention?
  6. Do the proponents of the treatment program have a financial stake in its adoption? (i.e do the people who are promoting the type of therapy make money out of the program?)
  7. What is known about the long-term effects of this treatment?
  8. How much does it cost?
  9. How much time will be involved?

 

Reference:

Prior, M. & Roberts, J. (2012), Early Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: “Guidelines for Good Practice” page 10, 2012.
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/11_2012/early_intervention_practice_guidlines.pdf