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Fidelity is the quality of being faithful or loyal.

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.


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.

Focus Parent Training

The Focus Parent Training programme is a home-based parent-training intervention.

Focussed Interventions

Focussed interventions are designed to address a single skill or goal of a student on the autism spectrum.


Folacin is another term for vitamin B-9, which is one of the B-group of vitamins.


Folate is another term for vitamin B-9, which is one of the B-group of vitamins

Folic Acid

Folic acid is another term for Vitamin B-9, which is one of the B-group of vitamins.

Folinic Acid

Folinic acid is an active form of folate, another term for Vitamin B-9, which is found naturally in foods.

Food and Drug Administration

The US Food and Drug Administration is the body which authorises the use of medications in the USA.

Food Supplements

Food supplements is another term for dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other substances meant to improve diet.

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