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Our Evaluations of Autism Interventions, Treatments and Therapies

This section provides information about interventions used to help people on the autism spectrum that we have evaluated or are in the process of evaluating.

Each intervention is rated according to the amount and quality of scientific evidence which has been published in peer-reviewed journals that supports or does not support the effectiveness of that intervention. We also provide information on whether each intervention is considered to be hazardous.

Please note that our rating system does NOT constitute a recommendation about whether a given intervention is appropriate or not appropriate for a specific individual.

For more information please see our Disclaimer and Frequently Asked Questions About Our Evaluations

If you cannot see the intervention you are looking for here please look in the alphabetic listing or types of intervention section.


 

Unable to rate ABA and Autism

Unable to rate Advocacy, Self Advocacy and Autism

Unable to rate Animal Therapies and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Unable to rate Anticonvulsants and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Unable to rate Antidepressants and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Unable to rate Antipsychotics and Autism

Unable to rate Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Very strong positive evidence Aripiprazole and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Assistance Dogs and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Auditory Integration Training and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Insufficient/Mixed evidence Chelation and Autism

Very strong positive evidence Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Coloured Filters and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Daily Life Therapy and Autism

Unable to rate Dietary Supplements and Autism

Limited negative evidence Dimethylglycine and Autism

Limited positive evidence DIR Method and Autism

Limited positive evidence Discrete Trial Training and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Insufficient/Mixed evidence Dolphin Therapy and Autism

No evidence Dore Programme and Autism

Unrated Dramatherapy and Autism

Strong positive evidence Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (UCLA YAP Model) and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Mildly Hazardous Limited negative evidence Facilitated Communication and Autism

No evidence Feingold Diet and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Insufficient/Mixed evidence Holding Therapy and Autism

Strong negative evidence Hyperbaric Therapy and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Strong negative evidence Immune Globulins and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Incidental Teaching and Autism

Limited positive evidence LEAP and Autism

No evidence Lightwave Stimulation and Autism

Unrated Massage and Autism

Strong positive evidence Melatonin and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Strong positive evidence Methylphenidate and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Milieu Teaching and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Limited positive evidence Music Therapy and Autism

Unable to rate Occupational Therapy and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Limited positive evidence Olanzapine and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplements and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Oxytocin and Autism

Limited negative evidence Patterning Therapies and Autism

Strong positive evidence Picture Exchange Communication System and Autism

Strong positive evidence Pivotal Response Treatment and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Portage and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Relationship Development Intervention and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Very strong positive evidence Risperidone and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Very strong negative evidence Secretin and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Sensory Integrative Therapy and Autism

Unrated Social Groups and Autism

Strong positive evidence Social Skills Groups and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Social Stories and Autism

No evidence Son-Rise Program and Autism

Unable to rate Special Diets and Autism

No evidence Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Autism

Unable to rate Speech and Language Therapy and Autism

Unable to rate Stimulant Medication and Autism

Limited positive evidence Supported Employment and Autism

Strong positive evidence TEACCH and Autism

Mildly Hazardous Insufficient/Mixed evidence Testosterone Regulation and Autism

Limited positive evidence Theory of Mind Training and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Video Modelling and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Visual Schedules and Autism

Mildly Hazardous No evidence Vitamin A and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Vitamin B12 and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Vitamin B9 and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Vitamin C and Autism

No evidence Vitamin D and Autism

Insufficient/Mixed evidence Weighted Items and Autism

No evidence Yeast-Free Diets and Autism