This glossary is designed to explain some of the scientific terminology, abbreviations etc. used by some people when they talk about autism or research.
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The fact that an intervention is listed in this glossary does not necessarily mean that we agree with its use. Nor does it necessarily mean that there is any scientifically valid or reliable evidence behind it.
Over time we hope to evaluate each of the interventions listed in this glossary, providing a ranking which tells you the level of scientific evidence which supports or does not support its use. For more information please see Treatments and Therapies for Autism Currently Under Scientific Evaluation by Research Autism
Diet which requires the individual to avoid or reduce sources of gluten, a protein found in cereals such as wheat, oats, rye and barley.
It is sometimes combined with a casein-free diet, which is designed to eliminate casein – a protein found in dairy products such as milk, butter and yogurt.
The proponents of the diet believe that this can lead to improvements in areas such as IQ, communication and social skills.
Research Autism is currently fundraising for/or conducting the following studies