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Evidence-Based Practices

According to an article published by The Center for Evidence-Based Practices: Young Children with Challenging Behaviors, evidence-based practices are the use of interventions, strategies, and supports that have research documenting their effectiveness. Practices that are evidence-based are ones that have been demonstrated as effective within multiple research studies that document similar outcomes. A particularly useful definition of evidence-based practices was offered by Dunst, Trivette, and Cupsek (2002): Practices that are informed by research in which the characteristics and consequences of environmental variables are empirically established and the relationship directly informs what a practitioner can do to produce a desired outcome.

An evidence-based practitioner is an individual involved in interventions and supports for young children who identifies and uses evidence-based practices.  Evidence-based practitioners include teachers, therapists, counselors, social workers, and anyone else who deliberately attends to the empirical basis for the practices they use in their work with children.

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