Stakeholders have a vested interest in knowing that the educational programs proposed to impact the lives of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and moderate to severe disabilities are based, as far as possible, on evidence, so that the resources available to fund these programs are used in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Surprisingly, there is little known about the impact of any curricula on the outcomes of students with disabilities. Evaluation studies drawing on multiple methodologies and meeting scientific standards can provide that information. TeachTown is committed to actively participate in high-quality research on its programs that address not only the question of what works, but also the question for whom it is effective, as well as what factors moderate program effectiveness. To learn more about the science and effectiveness of our products, click on a link below.
The National Autism Center’s National Standards Project and the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) almost entirely agree on which educational interventions are effective for children with ASD. They used a stringent review process that incorporated clear criteria for evaluating evidence from over two decades of research. Of the 27 evidence-based practices identified by the NPDC, 26 were identified by the National Standards Project as established or emerging practices. Educational practitioners can access 12 of the 27 evidence-based practices in TeachTown Basics and TeachTown Social Skills.
TeachTown Basics is cited in the National Autism Center’s 2009 National Standards Report for the validated research identifying it as an effective intervention for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). TeachTown Basics offers a blend of computer-delivered and teacher-led ABA instruction proven to increase a student’s vocabulary, listening skills, social-emotional development, independence, academics, and intellectual skills. This study also confirmed and extended on the National Autism Center’s 2009 National Standards Report pointing to the same evidenced-based studies.