Research-Based Information Nov 10, 2019
Providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions is fundamental 🤓 and this is why: .
Any “doctor”, “specialist” or parent can write a book or a magazine article promising new alternative strategies to improve parenting skills or even cure disorders. Before falling for this “innovative” intervention, you must put your scientific glasses on and ask yourself, Where is the evidence? 🤓📚 .
When asking yourself this question, you must gather information such as:
1) Has the study been replicable? Studies need to be replicable in order to provide valid information. If something happened once, it does not justify to be the cause of something else
2) How many participants where there in the sample? Studies with very little participants might not generalize to the overall population
3) Did they have a control for alternative variables? Scientist must be aware and state all the alternate options associated to the results of the study. One cannot say A caused B without looking at the influence of C D and even Z! .
Next time you find a Facebook post or someone telling you something such as “Did you hear that this new diet can cure autism?”. Ask yourself, where did they get this information? 🤔Is there empirical evidence to support this? Has the study been replicable? Are there any other variables that could have led to changes? Who is making this statement? Don’t fall for “specialists”👀 who make accusations and state cause-effect relationships! Instead look at the evidence, use library resources, google scholar research articles, or go directly to the national association related to the area of practice🗣 .
PS: ASHA is the national organization for speech-language pathologists 😉, they provide useful tools and evidence-based information for parents, families and professionals .
Are your ready to become a research-based detective? 🕵🏽♀️ .