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An intervention is any action (such as a treatment, a therapy or the provision of a service) which is designed to help people on the autism spectrum.

There are hundreds of different interventions designed to help people with autism, including applied behavioural analysis, drama therapy, gluten-free diet, Lego therapy, sensory integration training, snake oil, swimming with dolphins, and taking vitamin supplements.

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