Our present interconnected world offers so many sources that individuals often feel as if they are suffering from intervention recommendation overload. When feeling overwhelmed by intervention recommendation overload, how can you sift through the sources? How exactly do we weed out recommendations or interventions lacking evidence or support?
The unfortunate truth is that most of us don’t have unlimited access to current scientific journals. Even individuals lucky enough to have such access often feel overwhelmed when faced with an overabundance of choices. Thankfully, there are many reliable sites designed to assist individuals in their quest to becoming an informed intervention consumer. These sites simplify the process, giving clients the ability to verify whether or not treatments are evidence-based or if they lacking support. Listed below are a few key sites useful for investigating evidence-based mental health and educational programming interventions.
Mental Health Reference Sites
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website gives guidance when choosing effective treatment services for emotional/behavioral health or substance abuse. The site also has a useful link for clients to find help and treatment nearby.
Autism Speaks has an abundance of information for families and caregivers linking them to information, tools, and resources.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) offers resources for individuals or caregivers, including screening tools, information, links to resources, and support.
Locally, the Central Texas Eating Disorder Specialists site offers professional development opportunities and listings for local specialists that is searchable by specialty and/or distance.
Educational Programming and Intervention
This national clearinghouse gives access to research on current educational programs, products, and practices. Studies and evidence are referenced on the following website Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse.
The National Association of School Psychologists has made handouts publicly available to both parents and teachers to explore current, solution-focused strategies for home and school. Additionally, there are many informational handouts available.
Intervention Central is a clearinghouse of information regarding evidence-based strategies for supporting struggling learners or individuals needing behavioral interventions. The site offers free resources for teachers, schools, and parents.
Disability Rights Advocacy
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates offers resources to empower caregivers or professionals who are working to protect educational rights for their children.
Wright’s law offers information about special education, education law, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.
Texas Parent to Parent provides support, information, and education to families of children of all ages with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
There too many reliable sources to list, many that are disability or specialty-specific. If you are struggling to evaluate your child’s unique needs, perhaps a consultation with a specialist may be in order.