This section contains an alphabetic list of interventions, and some specific techniques, designed to help people with autism spectrum disorders.
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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
An intensive form of specialised education delivered to children attending a single special school in either Japan, the UK or the USA.
Another name for Visual Schedule, which is a set of pictures that communicates a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity.
Creative therapy which uses movement and dance as a means of expression and communication.
Another term for dance movement therapy, a creative therapy which uses movement and dance as a means of expression and communication.
Acronym for Dolphin Assisted Therapy, a specialised form of dolphin therapy.
The Davis Autism Approach is a developmental intervention based around teaching the indivdual to become a real human being through three key stages: individuation—identity development—and social integration.
Another term for the DORE programme, an intervention which consists of a series of physical exercises which are designed to stimulate the brain so that it speeds up the processing of information.
Type of pressure that is exerted in most types of firm touch, such as hugging, cuddling, squeezing, stroking or holding someone
Dejian Mind-Body Intervention is based upon the traditional Chinese Shaolin healing practice, Chanyi.
This intervention fuses developmental and relationship-based intervention techniques with applied behavior analysis teaching strategies.
A brand name for sodium valproate, a type of anti-convulsant designed to prevent or reduce the severity seizures.
A brand name for sodium valproate, a type of anti-convulsant designed to prevent or reduce the severity of seizures.
Desiprmaine is a type of tricyclic anti-depressant, which is used to treat depression.
Desmopressin is a type of drug called called a vasopressin analogue and is used as an antidiuretic.
Removal of toxic substances from the body. Some people believe this can be achieved through a healthy balanced diet, by taking nutritional supplements and/or by using techniques such as chelation.
The detox or detoxification diet requires you to avoid processed foods, to eat fresh, organic food and, as far as possible, to eat raw fruit and vegetables.
Developmental interventions are a wide group of interventions designed to target the core deficits within each child rather than his or her outward behaviours.
A type of patterning therapy, based on a series of movement patterns which facilitate neurological feedback to the brain.
Approach which emphasises the importance of initiation and spontaneity in communication.
Full name for the DIR Method, which focuses on helping children to master the building blocks of relating, communicating and thinking, rather than on the symptoms of autism alone.