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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Glossary Item Description
Daily Life Therapy

Daily life therapy is a form of specialised education for children and young people on the autism spectrum attending one of two special schools located in Tokyo, Japan and Boston, USA.

Daily Schedule

Daily schedule is a specific type of visual schedule, which is a set of pictures that communicates a series of activities or the steps of a specific activity.

Dance Movement Therapy

Dance movement therapy is a creative therapy which uses movement and dance as a means of expression and communication.

Dance Therapy

Dance therapy is another term for dance movement therapy, a creative therapy which uses movement and dance as a means of expression and communication.


DAT is an acronym for dolphin assisted therapy, a specialised form of dolphin therapy.

Davis Autism Approach

The Davis Autism Approach is a developmental intervention based around teaching the individual to become a real human being through three key stages: individuation, identity development, and social integration.


DDAT is 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.

Deep Pressure Therapy

Deep pressure therapy is any intervention which relies on pressure that is exerted in most types of firm touch, such as hugging, cuddling, squeezing, stroking or holding someone.


Dejian or Dejian Mind-Body Intervention is based upon the traditional Chinese Shaolin healing practice, Chanyi.

Delacato Method

The Delacato Method is a combined, multi-component intervention that uses physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and education.

Denver Model

The Denver Model fuses developmental and relationship-based intervention techniques with applied behaviour analysis teaching strategies.


Denzapine is a brand name for clozapine, a type of atypical antipsychotic.


Depakene is a brand name for sodium valproate, a type of anticonvulsant designed to prevent or reduce the severity of seizures.


Depakote is a brand name for sodium valproate, a type of anticonvulsant designed to prevent or reduce the severity of seizures.


Desiprmaine is a type of tricyclic antidepressant, which is used to treat depression.


Desmopressin is a type of drug called called a vasopressin analogue and is used as an antidiuretic.

Detox or Detoxification

Detox or detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from the body.

Detox or Detoxification Diet

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 Intervention

Developmental interventions are a wide group of interventions designed to target the core deficits within each child rather than his or her outward behaviours.

Developmental Reflexive Rehabilitation

Developmental reflexive rehabilitation is a type of patterning therapy, based on a series of movement patterns which facilitate neurological feedback to the brain.


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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21 Jun 2018