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Symbolic Play Intervention

Symbolic play interventions are  designed to increase and improve symbolic play in children.  


A symptom is an indication of the presence of a disease or disorder or condition.


A synapse is the tiny gap across which a nerve cell, or neuron, can send an impulse to another neuron.


A syndrome is a group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterise a condition, disorder or disease.

Systemic Therapy

Systemic therapy is a generic term for any form of psychotherapy dealing with people in relationship to one another, the interactions of groups, and their patterns and dynamics.

Systemic Transition in Education Programme for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Systemic Transition in Education Programme for Autism Spectrum Disorder (STEP-ASD) is an intervention designed to facilitate successful school transition for children on the autism spectrum via intervention on the child's educational environment.

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