Is there anything else you can use to gather information on the autism industry or look to as a trusted source of info? Hear more about this topic from Dr. Rowe.
INTERVIEWER: Is there anything else you use to gather information on the industry or look to as a trusted source of information?
MICHELLE ROWE: Most autism centers, very, very well-respected autism centers, the Mind Institute in California, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Center in Johns Hopkins-- so there's a number of these around the country and they all support and value and require evidence-based practices.
There's no pseudoscience in these institutions. It's all about doing the research to find out whether or not it makes a difference. And it does in fact make a difference, according to numerous studies. And most universities that are doing work in this area, too, also support evidence-based practices. And I think that's just going to continue.
I think the biggest reason why people don't use applied behavior analysis is because it seems to be scary for them, too difficult, too detailed, too scientific, when in fact it's very doable and very easy to do once you learn the principles and learn how to do it correctly. So I think that organizations like that-- the Autism Society of America, certainly Autism Speaks, a lot of these large organizations-- generally refer people to individuals with credentials and applied behavior analysis.
INTERVIEWER: Dr. Rowe, thank you so much for your time today and sharing the insight on the new autism studies concentration.