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
Macrophage Activating Factor

Macrophage activating factors (MAF) are  natural substances (such as lymphokines)  that prime macrophages so that they become toxic to tumours, pathogens and other harmful cells in the body.


MAF is an ancronym for macrophage activating factors, natural substances (such as lymphokines) that prime macrophages so that they become toxic to tumours, pathogens and other harmful cells in the body.


Magnesium is a mineral found in a wide variety of foods. The richest sources are green leafy vegetables (such as spinach) and nuts. Good sources include bread, fish, meat and dairy foods. It is sometimes taken as a supplement.

Magnesium Sulphate

Magnesium sulphate is a chemical which is used for a variety of medicinal purposes including as an anticonvulsant, a cathartic, and an electrolyte replenisher.

Mainstream Medicine

Mainstream medicine is another term for standard  healthcare or conventional medicine, the medicine practiced by doctors and by allied health professionals which is based on sound scientific evidence.

Major Tranquillisers

Major tranquillisers is another term for antipsychotics, a class of psychoative drugs used to treat a range of mental health problems including psychosis, anxiety and dementia.


Makation is a language programme which uses signs and symbols to teach communication, language and literacy skills to people with communication and learning difficulties.

Managing Repetitive Behaviours Programme

The Managing Repetitive Behaviours Programme is a multi-component programme designed to help parents deal with repetitive and restricted behaviours in children on the autism spectrum.

Mand-Model Approach

The mand-model approach is an extension of the incidental teaching model. 


Manipulation-based interventions include a range of treatments and therapies in which someone other than the patient manipulates or moves the patient's body or parts of it.

Manipulative and Body-Based Practices

Manipulative and body-based practices focus primarily on the structures and systems of the body, including the bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

Manual Signing

Manual signing is another term for sign language, any language which uses manual communication instead of sound to convey meaning.


MAOIs is an acronym for monoamine oxidase inhibitors, a type of antidepressant drug used to treat a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.

Martial Arts

Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons including self-defence and spiritual development.


Maruxa is a brand name for memantine, a drug in a class of medications called NMDA receptor antagonists.


Massage is the practice of applying pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the skin, muscles and other soft tissues of the body.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the use of massage to obtain therapeutic effects.

May Institute Program

The May Institute Program is a form of early intensive behavioural intervention for autism run by the May Institute in Rochester, Massachusetts.


MBCT is an acronym for melodic based communication therapy, an intervention designed to make use of the musical strengths of the child with autism in order to increase verbal output.


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.


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