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
‘Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior ‘ Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (1999).
For example, following an assessment of a child’s inappropriate social interactions, a therapist may try to improve those skills by demonstrating some of the right ways to interact with other children and by rewarding the child when he does so correctly. The therapist may then analyse the success or otherwise of this approach and then modify it to improve the behaviour further.
The principles of applied behavioural analysis are incorporated within many specific interventions (such as early intensive behavioural intervention) and within many specific programmes (such as the UCLA Young Autism Project). A therapist may also use a variety of individual techniques (such as discrete trial training, modelling, shaping, and prompting).
The literature on applied behavioural analysis suggests that it can be used to change a huge variety of behaviours in individuals with autism, including improving social and communication skills, and reducing repetitive and stereotyped behaviours