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S.S.ToM

S.S.ToM is an acronym for the Social Skills and Theory of Mind Training programme, a multi-component intervention that combines elements from social skills groups and theory of mind training.

Saccharomyces boulardii

Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast, sometimes used as a dietary supplement or a medicine.

Sacro Occipital Technique

Sacro occipital technique is another name for craniosacral therapy, an intervention which uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body.

Salicylates

Salicylates are natural plant toxins common in many fruits, berries, and some vegetables, as well as honey, yeast extracts and almonds. They are also found in some medications, such as aspirin.

SALT or SLT

SALT and SLT are acronyms for speech and language therapy, an intervention in which a therapist works with individuals to help them develop their communication skills using a range of techniques

Samonas Sound Therapy

Samonas therapy is a form of auditory integration training which involves listening through headphones to filtered music, voice and sounds of nature recorded on compact discs.

Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay therapy is a form of psychological therapy in which the patient is encouraged to play with sand, water, and miniature objects.

Sapropterin

Sapropterin is a specific form of tetrahydrobiopterin that is used to reduce blood phenylalanine levels in certain patients with phenylketonuria.

Sara's Diet

Sara's diet is a lutein-free, soy-protein free and casein and gluten-restricted diet which also restricts or removes some artificial additives.

Sauna Therapy

Sauna therapy is another name for infrared sauna therapy, a treatment which uses infrared radiation to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue.

Savant

A savant is someone who has a severe developmental delay as well as extraordinary mental abilities not found in most people.

SCD

SCD is an acronym for the specific carbohydrate diet, which which excludes complex carbohydrates, such as those found in rice and potatoes.

SCERTS model

The SCERTS model is an approach which focuses on Social-Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental health problem characterised by intermittent psychosis.

Schuessler Salts

Schuessler salts is a form of homeopathy in which tiny amounts of minerals, usually in the form of tablets, are taken.

Scientific Method

The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena and acquiring new knowledge, as well as for correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

Scientifically Unfeasible and Potentially Harmful Interventions

There are some interventions which are both scientifically unfeasible and potentially harmful.

SCIT

SCIT is an acronym for the Social Cognition Training Program, a group-based intervention designed to improve social cognition and social functioning among people with disabilities.

SCIT-A

SCIT-A is an acronmym for the Social Cognition and Interaction Training-Autism programme, which is a version of the Social Cognition and Interaction Training  programme that has been adapted for use by people on the autism spectrum.

Scotopic Lenses

Scotopic lenses are a type of coloured filter, used to block the wavelengths of light to which an individual is sensitive.

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This glossary is designed to explain some of the jargon and gobbledygook used by some people when they talk about autism or research..

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Disclaimer

The fact that an intervention is listed in this glossary does not necessarily mean that we agree with its use. Nor does it necessarily mean that there is any scientifically valid or reliable evidence behind it.