This section contains an alphabetic list of interventions, and some specific techniques, designed to help people with autism spectrum disorders.
You may be able to find more information, including links to other parts of this website, by clicking on the title of an intervention.
If you know of an intervention which is not listed here please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we reserve the right to not include information about an intervention if we do not consider it appropriate.
The fact that an intervention or technique is listed here does not necessarily mean that we support its use. Nor does it mean that there is any scientifically valid or reliable evidence behind it.
Over time we hope to evaluate each of the interventions and techniques in this section, providing a ranking which tells you the level of scientific evidence which supports or does not support its use. You can find details of the interventions we have already ranked in the list of Evaluated interventions
Another term for EDTA, a synthetic solution used as a chelating agent to remove heavy metals from the body.
Type of conventional or typical anti-psychotic drug which is used to treat psychotic disorders and symptoms.
HANDLE is an acronym for the Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency.
One of the interventions run by the Hanen Centre in Ontario in which parents are taught to detect and respond appropriately to the individual child’s attempts to communicate – however subtle, strange or even challenging these attempts may appear.
Long name for TalkAbility™, a programme which is designed for families with children aged three to seven on the mild end of the autism spectrum
Acronym for high doses of pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and magnesium.
Form of Touch Therapy and a form of Faith Healing, in which the practitioner places their hands in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body
A naturopathic approach which uses a range of treatments according to the needs of the individual patient.
Helminthic therapy is the use of parasitic worms, such as trichuris suis, for therapeutic purposes.
Post-diagnostic support programme for parents and carers of autistic children, developed by the National Autistic Society of the United Kingdom
Another name for the Help! Programme, run by the National Autistic Society in the United Kingdom, which aims to provide parents and full-time carers with post-diagnostic information and advice.
Another name for Johansen Sound Therapy, a form of auditory integration training, which is an intervention in which a person with autism listens to a selection of music which has been modified.
Herbs used as botanicals, which are plants or plant parts valued for their medicinal or therapeutic properties, flavour, and/or scent.
Another term for Daily Life Therapy, an intervention which uses group dynamics, physical education, art, music, academic activity and vocational training.
The use of horses as a therapeutic tool to help people with special needs.
A form of attachment therapy, which consists of forced holding by a therapist or parent until the child stops resisting or until a fixed time period has elapsed
Another term for holding therapy, an intervention which consists of forced holding by a therapist or parent until the child stops resisting or until a fixed time period has elapsed
Another name for early intensive behavioural intervention, a highly structured and intense intervention in which a child is taught a range of skills by a team of therapists.
Homeopathic remedy based on plant oils which are highly diluted and then added to biochemical salts.
Therapy which involves giving extremely small doses of substances that produce characteristic symptoms of illness in healthy people when given in larger doses. This approach is called “like cures like.”