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.
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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
Occulomotor training is another term for vision therapy, an intervention which aims to normalise or improve visual abilities, such as focusing and tracking. It consists of a series of vision “exercises” or procedures.
Therapy which aims to enable people to participate in daily activities as independently and satisfactorily as possible, using meaningful activities as a means to do this.
A form of lightwave stimulation in which an individual looks at coloured light produced by a special machine called a Lumatron or a Photron Light Stimulator.
Oestrogen is a hormone which is used to treat a range of medical issues in women. Some people believe that it can also be used to treat hypersexual behaviour.
Type of atypical anti-psychotic drug which is sometimes used to treat problem behaviours in people with autism spectrum disorders.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids obtained from some types of food, such as fish. Believed by some people to be helpful in preventing the symptoms of autism.
On the job training means training someone to do a job while they are actually doing that job, as opposed to training them how to do the job while they are still at school or college.
Sometimes used as another term for discrete trial training, a highly-structured training technique that involves a trainer instructing an individual with autism using a series of learning opportunities or ‘trials’.
Range of online groups – such as listservs, chatrooms, forums and websites – used by people with autism and others to talk to one another
Technique in which desired behaviours are systematically reinforced through rewards – such as praise or food – and undesired behaviours are ignored or redirected.
Morphine-like substances which can be used to block the effect of endorphins in the central nervous system. Some people believe they can be used to reduce behaviours such as self injury, hyperactivity and ritualistic behaviour.
Another term for glyconutrients, a form of monosaccharide sugars.
Sometimes used as another name for the Son-Rise Program, although it is actually a different programme run by the same company.
Brand name for pimozide, a conventional anti-psychotic used to treat motor or verbal tics caused by Tourette’s disorder.
Herb which is sometimes used as an anti-fungal treatment.
Another name for cell therapies, in which processed tissue from animal embryos, foetuses or organs, is injected or taken orally.
A brand name for sodium valproate, a type of anti-convulsant designed to prevent or reduce the severity of seizures.
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 the use of vitamins and minerals as a therapeutic tool.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.