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

PABI is an acronym for the Penguin for Autism Behavioral Interventions, a compact humanoid robot.

Packing Therapy

Packing therapy involves wrapping the individual in towels previously wet in cold water. The individual is then wrapped with blankets to help the body warm up.


PACT is an acronym for the Pre-school Autism Communication Trial, a programme developed by the University of Manchester in the UK.


PACTS is an acronym for Parents of Autistic Children Training and Support, a programme of early intensive behavioural intervention devised by the London Borough of Bexley.

Paired Associative Learning

Paired associative learning is a teaching method which involves the learner experiencing two stimuli at once or in close proximity and beginning to associate them.

Palaeolithic Diet

The palaeolithic diet requires you to follow the diet believed to have been followed by early humans.


Paliperidone is an atypical antipsychotic drug, sold under the brand name Invega, used to treat delusional psychosis.


Pamelor is a brand name for nortriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant.

Pangamatic or Pangamatic Acid

Pangamatic or pangamatic acid is another name for dimethylglycine (DMG), a derivative of the amino acid glycine.


Papain is an enzyme present in the leaves, latex, roots, and fruit of the papaya plant that catalyzes the breakdown of proteins by addition of a water molecule

Parent Education Programmes

Parent education programmes are designed to tell parents about autism, related issues (such as sleep problems) and the interventions and services that may be available to them.

Parent Support Programmes

Parent support programmes are designed to provide parents and carers with various forms of support.

Parent Training Programmes

Parent training programmes may be designed to teach parents how to deliver interventions to their own children (child-focused programmes) or they may be designed to teach parents how to cope with the difficulties of having a child on the autism spectrum (parent-focused programmes).

Parents Taking Action

Parents Taking Action is a comprehensive, multi-component treatment model for parents of Latino children on the autism spectrum based around the use of a promotora de salud (community health worker).



Paroxetine is a type of SSRI antidepressant used to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety and depression.

Patterning Therapies

Patterning therapies are a range of therapies based on a series of movement patterns which are designed to facilitate neurological feedback to the brain.


Paxil is a brand name for paroxetine, a type of SSRI antidepressant, used to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety and depression.


PBS is an acronym for positive behavioural support, a process whereby individuals are assisted in acquiring adaptive, socially meaningful behaviours and encouraged to overcome maladaptive behaviours.


PECS is an acronym for the Picture Exchange Communication System, an intervention which teaches the child to exchange a picture card for something the child likes and wants.


PEER is another term for the Peer Mediated Approach, a programme designed to teach non-autistic children the best way to help children on the autism spectrum.


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