Selecting an EBP

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Many interventions exist for autism. The interventions that researchers have shown to be effective are called evidence-based practices (EBPs). With a number of potential EBPs to choose from, it is important to follow a process to select the most appropriate practice for your learner. Before beginning any new practice or intervention with a learner, it is important to follow four general planning steps. The four-step process includes:

  1. Identifying the behavior
  2. Establishing an observable and measurable goal or outcome
  3. Identifying potential EBPs based on research (NCAEP Domain Matrix), and
  4. Choosing a specific EBP (consider learner and family characteristics, team characteristics, clues on the goal/outcome, and other resources).

To learn more about the process for selecting an evidence-based practice, please see Selecting an Evidence-Based Practice module.

If you are familiar with selecting an evidence-based practice process and just need guidance with choosing an EBP, please use the IEP to EBP Tool (button located below). The IEP to EBP Tool assists with selecting an evidence-based practice (EBP) to use with a learner. The tool guides you through National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP) Domain Matrix to identify a list of potential EBPs to use and then to choose one EBP by considering:

  1. learner/family priorities, preferences and characteristics,
  2. teacher/team characteristics,
  3. clues found in the target goal/skill/behavior, and
  4. other resources available.

Resources to use along with this tool:


Suggested citation:
Waters, V., Sam, A., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2022). IEP to EBP Tool. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules.