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Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is an approach which aims to teach an individual how to move with greater ease, comfort, and coordination.


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


Fenfluramine hydrochloride is an indirect 5-HT receptor agonist that was used as an anoretic i.e. an appetite reduction drug that was removed from sale in 1997 because of significant safety fears.

Feuerstein Technique

The Feuerstein technique is another name for mediated learning, an educational programme based on the idea that because intelligence is plastic and changeable, not fixed, it can be 'taught' within a mediated learning environment.


FIAS is an intensive, relationship-based intervention designed to help parents of very young children on the autism spectrum.

Fibroblast Growth Factors

Fibroblast growth factors are proteins that bind to receptors on the surface of cells.


Fidelity is the quality of being faithful or loyal.

Fidget Spinner

A fidget spinner is a small toy comprising two or three prongs arranged around a central bearing, designed to be spun by the fingers.

Field Control Therapy

Field control therapy is a type of homoeopathic medicine.

Fine Motor Skill

A fine motor skill is a skill relating to movement of a small part of the body. For example, the skill required to hold a pencil between the fingers and thumb.

Five Minute Speech Sample

The Five Minute Speech Sample is a narrative interview method in which parents are prompted to speak about their child and their relationships with their child for five uninterrupted minutes.

Flexyx Therapy

Flexyx therapy is a form of biofeedback training, in which an individual's own brainwaves are used to return information back to the brain.


'Floortime' exercises are designed to allow the carer to take an active, developmental role in spontaneous and fun activities that are directed by the child's interests and actions.


Fluconazole is a type of antifungal medication, used to treat a range of fungal infections.


Flumazenil is a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist sold under a variety of brand names including Romazicon.


Fluoxetine is a type of SSRI antidepressant which is used to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety and depression.


Fluphenazine is a type of typical antipsychotic, used to treat schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility.


Fluvoxamine is a type of SSRI antidepressant, used to treat a range of conditions but especially obsessive compulsive disorder.


FMT is an acronym for fecal (faecal) microbiota transplantation, the process of transplantation of fecal bacteria from one person to another.


Focalin is a brand name for dexmethylphenidate, a type of stimulant medication, used to treat inattention and hyperactivity.

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This glossary is designed to explain some of the jargon and gobbledygook used by some people when they talk about autism or research..

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