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
Saccharomyces boulardii

Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast, sometimes used as a dietary supplement or a medicine.

Sacro Occipital Technique

Sacro occipital technique is another name for craniosacral therapy, an intervention which uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body.


SALT and SLT are acronyms for speech and language therapy, an intervention in which a therapist works with individuals to help them develop their communication skills using a range of techniques

Samonas Sound Therapy

Samonas therapy is a form of auditory integration training which involves listening through headphones to filtered music, voice and sounds of nature recorded on compact discs.

Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay therapy is a form of psychological therapy in which the patient is encouraged to play with sand, water, and miniature objects.

Sara's Diet

Sara's diet is a lutein-free, soy-protein free and casein and gluten-restricted diet which also restricts or removes some artificial additives.

Sauna Therapy

Sauna therapy is another name for infrared sauna therapy, a treatment which uses infrared radiation to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue.


SCD is an acronym for the specific carbohydrate diet, which which excludes complex carbohydrates, such as those found in rice and potatoes.

SCERTS model

The SCERTS model is an approach which focuses on Social-Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support.

Schuessler Salts

Schuessler salts is a form of homeopathy in which tiny amounts of minerals, usually in the form of tablets, are taken.


SCIT is an acronym for the Social Cognition Training Program, a group-based intervention designed to improve social cognition and social functioning among people with disabilities.


SCIT-A is an acronmym for the Social Cognition and Interaction Training-Autism programme, which is a version of the Social Cognition and Interaction Training  programme that has been adapted for use by people on the autism spectrum.

Scotopic Lenses

Scotopic lenses are a type of coloured filter, used to block the wavelengths of light to which an individual is sensitive.

Scotson Technique

The Scotson technique is an intervention based on correcting respiratory mechanics, that is, helping the individual breathe more easily.


Secretin is a gastrointestinal hormone that helps promote digestion of food.

Segregated Employment

Segregated employment describes employoment programmes in which employees work in self-contained units and are not integrated with non-disabled employees

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Enhancers

Selective serotonin reuptake enhancers (SSREs) are a type of antidepressant drug that enhance the reuptake of serotonin instead of inhibiting it, as in many other antidepressant drugs.

Self Advocacy

Self advocacy means taking action to say what you want, secure your rights, represent your interests and obtain services you need.

Self Management

Self-management generally involves activities designed to change or maintain one’s own behaviour.

Self-Injurious Behavior Inhibiting System

The Self-Injurious Behavior Inhibiting System is a device designed to provide a brief electrical stimulation when it detects a blow to the head


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