This section contains an alphabetic list of interventions, and some specific techniques, designed to help people with autism spectrum disorders.
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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
A form of attachment therapy, an extremely controversial group of therapies designed to help children with attachment disorders.
A brand name for fluoxetine, a type of SSRI Anti-depressant, used to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety and depression.
Technique designed to develop academic and communication skills by eliciting responses through intensive verbal, auditory, visual and/or tactile prompts
Razadyne® is a brand name for galantamine, a drug usually used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Acronym for Relationship Development Intervention, an intervention which aims to develop an individual’s ability to participate in authentic emotional relationships by exposing the individual to those relationships in a gradual, systematic way.
Use of trampolines to provide therapeutic exercise and recreation
Reboxetine is a type of drug called a selective noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitor which is a type of antidepressant.
Reciprocal Play Therapy is a comprehensive family intervention designed to help children with autism discover the pleasures of human contact and communication.
Type of play therapy, which refers to a large group of treatment methods which use the therapeutic benefits of play.
Brand name for dexfenfluramine hydrochloride, an appetite reduction drug. It was removed from sale because of significant safety fears.
A form of patterning therapy.
Practice of stimulating points on the feet, hands and ears
Acronym for Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention, a therapy which uses recorded hand drumming rhythms to stimulate the central nervous system and improve brain function.
Type 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
Intervention which aims to develop an individual’s ability to participate in authentic emotional relationships by exposing the individual to those relationships in a gradual, systematic way
Range of interventions which focus on the child’s ability to form positive, meaningful relationships with other people
Relaxation room is another term for a multi-sensory room, which contains equipment and materials designed to stimulate the senses.
Remedial exercise means any form of physical exercise designed to improve someone’s health. It can include vigorous, aerobic activities such as gym work, as well as more gentle activities such as tai chi.
Reminyl® is a brand name for galantamine, a drug usually used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Residential care refers to the care and support provided to individuals in a residential setting rather than in their own home or within the community.