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WAIS

WAIS is an acronym for the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, a test designed to measure intelligence in adults and older adolescents.

Walden Programs

Walden Programs are a range of early intervention programmes for toddlers, preschool children and kindergarten students run by the Emory Autism Resource Center in Georgia, US.

Waldon Approach

The Waldon Approach, named after its creator the neurologist Geoffrey Waldon, is an intervention designed to help children with developmental disabilities.

Warkeelate Acid

Warkeelate acid is another term for EDTA, a synthetic solution used as a chelating agent to remove heavy metals from the body.

Water Shiatsu

Water shiatsu is another name for watsu, a form of hydrotherapy which combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance

Watsu

Watsu is a form of hydrotherapy which combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)

The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) is a test designed to measure intelligence in adults and older adolescents.

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is a test designed to measure intelligence in children between the ages of six and 16.

Weighted Blanket

Weighted blankets are ordinary blankets which are made heavier by adding small weights, which can either be stitched into the fabric or put into specially designed pockets.

Weighted Items

Weighted items, such as vests and blankets, are made heavier by adding small weights, which can either be stitched into the fabric or put into specially designed pockets.

Weighted Vest

Weighted vests are vests or jackets which are made heavier by adding small weights, which can either be stitched into the fabric or put into specially designed pockets.

Welch Method

The Welch method is another term for holding therapy, an intervention which consists of forced holding by a therapist or parent until the child stops resisting or until a fixed time period has elapsed

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is sometimes described as a state of health, happiness, and contentment.

West's Syndrome

West's Syndrome is a condition characterised by infantile spasms, hypsarrhythmia (classical very abnormal EEG that occurs even between attacks) and general learning disability.

Western Medicine

Western medicine is another term for conventional medicine or standard healthcare, the medicine practiced by doctors and by allied health professionals.

Weston A.Price Diet

The Weston A. Price diet is another term for the nourishing traditions diet.

Whole Medical Systems

Whole medical systems are complete systems of theory and practice that have evolved over time in different cultures and apart from conventional or Western medicine.

Wilbarger Technique

The Wilbarger Technique is a form of brushing therapy, which involves applying rapid and firm pressure touch to the arms, hands, back, legs, and feet using a surgical brush

Wilkins Rate of Reading Test

The Wilkins Rate of Reading Test is a test designed to measure the effects on reading of visual-perceptual distortions of text, such as apparent movement of the words and letters, blurring and coloured halos.

Williams Syndrome

Williams syndrome is a genetic condition characterised by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.

About This Glossary

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.