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
Cure is to recover or restore someone from a condition such as autism so that they no longer have that condition.
There are some people who claim that they can cure autism but there is currently no scientifically valid and reliable evidence to support such claims.
However there is scientifically valid and reliable evidence to show that some interventions, ( therapies and treatments ) can help decrease some of the core symptoms of atism. There are also some interventions which can help with related problems, such as anxiety or self harm.