Alphabetic List of Interventions, Treatments and Therapies

This section contains an alphabetic list of interventions, and some specific techniques, designed to help people on the autism spectrum.

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 info@researchautism.net.

Please note that we reserve the right to not include information about an intervention if we do not consider it appropriate.

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α-adrenergic-antagonists (alpha blockers) are a type of drug called adrenergic antagonists.

ω-3 Fatty Acids

ω-3 fatty acids is another term for omega 3 fatty acids, which are sometimes taken as a supplement.

2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid

2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid is another term for DMPS, a synthetic chemical used as a chelating agent to remove heavy metals from the body.


3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as MDMA, is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences.

5-formyl tetrahydrofolate

5-formyl tetrahydrofolate is another term for folinic acid, an active form of folate, which is another term for Vitamin B-9, which is one of the B-group of vitamins


5-hydroxytryptophan is a dietary supplement made from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia.

5-Methoxy-N-Acetyltryptamine Acetamide

5-methoxy-N-acetyltryptamine acetamide is another term for melatonin, the hormone which regulates our biological clock.

A to Z or A-Z method

The A to Z or A-Z  method is a form of video modelling, in which videos are used to teach a range of skills to individuals with autism, such as how to interpret facial expressions.


AAC is an acronym for augmentative and alternative communication, which refers to the different ways (other than speech) that people use to communicate with each other.


AAT is an acronym for animal-assisted therapy, which is any therapy that involves a person interacting with animals.


ABA is an acronym for applied behaviour analysis. ABA is also sometimes used to refer to some comprehensive, multi-component programmes (especially early intensive behavioural programmes such as the University of California at Los Angeles Young Autism Project model).


Abilify is a brand name for aripiprazole, a type of antipsychotic medication sometimes used to treat problem behaviours in people on the autism spectrum.


Acamprosate is a drug which is used, along with counselling and social support, to help people who have stopped drinking large amounts of alcohol and to help them avoid drinking alcohol again.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy is a form of mindfulness-based therapy, theorising that greater well-being can be attained by overcoming negative thoughts and feelings.


Acetyl-l-carnitine is another name for carnitine, a compound which helps in the consumption and disposal of fat in the body and which is sometimes taken as a nutritional supplement


Acetylcholine is a natural chemical which acts as a neurotransmitter in the peripheral nervous system and also in the central nervous system.


Acetylcysteine is another term for cysteine, an amino acid that can be found in many proteins throughout the body.

Achieve! programme

The Achieve! programme is a points and level system adapted to meet the needs of children and young people with mild learning disabilities.

Across-Task Schedule

Across-task schedule is another name for visual schedule, a set of pictures that communicates a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity.

Active Support

Active support, is a person-centred model of support for people with learning disabilities that is grounded in applied behaviour analysis.


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 Our Evaluations of Autism Interventions, Treatments and Therapies.

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25 Oct 2017