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
Rage Reduction Therapy

Rage reduction therapy is a form of attachment therapy, an extremely controversial group of therapies designed to help children with attachment disorders.


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

Rapid Prompting Method

The rapid prompting method is a form of augmentative or alternative communication which involves a therapist using constant, fast-paced questioning, prodding, and engaging of the person with a disability.


RDI is an acronym for the Relationship Development Intervention, an intervention which aims to develop an individual's ability to participate in authentic emotional relationships by exposing the individual to those relationships in a gradual, systematic way.


ReAttach is a multi-component intervention that is designed to help people on the autism spectrum improve their information processing which might help them to overcome problems in daily life functioning themselves.

Rebound Therapy

Rebound therapy is the use of trampolines to provide therapeutic exercise and recreation.


Reboxetine is a type of drug called a selective noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitor which is a type of antidepressant.

Reciprocal Imitation Training

Reciprocal imitation training is an intervention which was developed to teach young children with autism to imitate during play.

Reciprocal Play Therapy

Reciprocal play therapy is a comprehensive family intervention designed to help children with autism discover the pleasures of human contact and communication.

Recreation Therapy

Recreation therapy is a type of play therapy, which refers to a large group of treatment methods which use the therapeutic benefits of play.


Redux is a brand name for dexfenfluramine hydrochloride, an appetite reduction drug.


Reflexlocomotion is another name for the Vojta method or therapy, a type of patterning therapy which is based on a series of movement patterns which are designed to facilitate neurological feedback to the brain.


REI is an acronym for rhythmic entrainment intervention, a therapy which uses recorded hand drumming rhythms to stimulate the central nervous system and improve brain function.


Reiki is a form of therapeutic touch, an intervention in which the practitioner claims to alter the patient's energy field through an energy transfer that moves from the hands of the practitioner to the patient.


Reinforcement is an event, activity, or other circumstance occurring after a learner engages in a desired behaviour that leads to the increased occurrence of that behaviour in the future

Relationship Development Intervention

Relationship Development Intervention (also known as RDI) is a parent-led approach which focuses on a child's difficulties with flexibility of thought, emotional regulation and perspective-taking.

Relationship-Based Interventions

Relationship-based interventions focus on the individual's ability to form positive, meaningful relationships with other people.

Relaxation Room

Relaxation room is another term for a multi-sensory environment, which contains equipment and materials designed to stimulate the senses.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is specially designed to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre.

Remaking Recess

The Remaking Recess programme is an intervention that focuses on increasing social engagement between children with autism (ages 5-11 years old) and their typical peers during the less structured times of the school day.


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