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
Alert Program

The Alert Program is an intervention based around teaching to self-regulate their level of alertness so that they can respond appropriately to a variety of situations.


Allegron is a brand name for nortriptyline, a tricyclic antidepressant,

Allergy-Free Diet

The allergy-free diet requires you to avoid any foodstuffs, such as peanuts, which are known to cause you allergies.


Allopathy is another term for standard health care or conventional medicine, the medicine practiced by doctors and by allied health professionals (such as nurses, occupational therapists etc) which is based on sound scientific evidence.


ALM is an acronym for aided language modelling, an intervention which consists of engaging the child in interactive play activities and providing models of use of augmentative and alternative communication symbols during play.

Alpha Blockers

Alpha blockers is another name for α-adrenergic-antagonists, a type of drug called adrenergic antagonists.

Alternative Communication

Alternative communication systems are designed to replace standard means of communication.


Amantadine is a type of medication called an NMDA receptor antagonist.

Ambient Prism Lenses

Ambient prism lenses are used to help improve ambient vision, the visual system related to spatial organisation.

American Sign Language

American sign language is the sign language used by the deaf community and others in many parts of North America.

Amino Acid

Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins, the basic building blocks for life.

Amino Acid Therapy

Amino acid therapy is the use of amino acids, usually in the form of dietary supplements, for therapeutic purposes.


Amisulpride is a type of atypical antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophernia and psychosis.


Amoxicillin is in a class of medications called penicillin-like antibiotics.

Amphotericin B

Amphotericin B is a type of antifungal medication.


Anafranil is a brand name of clomipramine, a type of tricyclic antidepressant, used to treat a range of conditions including depression, phobias, obsessional disorders and cataplexy.


Aneurine is another term for Vitamin B-1, one of the B group of vitamins.

Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Animal-assisted activities and therapies are a group of therapies that involve a person interacting with one or more animals.


Anoretic or anorexigenic drugs are used to help reduce the appetite.

Antecedent-Based Interventions

Antecedent-based interventions antecede (take place before) the behaviour that you wish to change.


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