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
The ‘M’ technique® is a simple method of structured touch.
Magnesium is a mineral found in a wide variety of foods. The richest sources are green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) and nuts. Good sources include bread, fish, meat and dairy foods. It is sometimes taken as a supplement.
A chemical, also known as magnesium sulfate, which is used for a variety of medicinal purposes including as an anti-convulsant, a cathartic, and an electrolyte replenisher.
Another term for conventional medicine, the medicine practiced by doctors and by allied health professionals – such as nurses, occupational therapists etc – which is based on sound scientific evidence.
Another term for antipsychotics, a class of psychoative drugs used to treat a range of mental health problems including psychosis, anxiety and dementia.
Language programme which uses signs and symbols to teach communication, language and literacy skills to people with communication and learning difficulties
Manipulative and body-based practices focus primarily on the structures and systems of the body, including the bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Another term for sign language, any language which uses manual communication instead of sound to convey meaning
Acronym for monoamine oxidase inhibitor – a type of anti-depressant.
The act of making a visible mark on a surface, sometimes used by individuals with autism with limited motor skills
Massage is the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the skin, muscles and other soft tissues of the body.
The use of massage to obtain therapeutic effects.
A form of early intensive behavioural intervention for autism run by the May Institute in Rochester, Massachusetts.
MBCT is an acronym for Melodic Based Communication Therapy, an intervention designed to make use of the musical strengths of the child with autism in order to increase verbal output.
Educational programme based on the idea that because intelligence is plastic and changeable, not fixed, it can be “taught” within a mediated learning environment
Medication is any chemical substance intended for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease.
A variety of techniques or practices, such as prayer, which are intended to focus or control attention.
Another term for the use of multiple vitamins as a therapeutic tool.
MEHRIT is an acronym for the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative treatment program.
Another term for melatonin, the hormone which regulates our biological clock