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CHAT

CHAT is an acronym for the Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, a screening tool designed to identify children aged 18 months who are at risk of having social-communication problems.

Chat Room

A chat room is one form of online community used by people with autism and others to talk to one another.

Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT)

The Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT) is a screening tool designed to identify children aged 18 months who are at risk of having social-communication problems.

Chelation

Chelation is a chemical means of removing heavy metals, such as mercury, from the body.

Chemet

Chemet is another name for DMSA, a synthetic chemical used as a chelating agent to remove heavy metals, such as mercury, from the body.

Chemical Castration

Chemical castration is another name for testosterone regulation, which involves using a drug, such as leuprolide, to reduce the amount of testosterone and oestrogen in the body.

Chemical-Free Diet

The chemical-free diet is another name for the additive-free diet, which requires you to avoid additives, such as colourings, flavour enhancers, sweeteners and preservatives.

CHILD

CHILD is another term for the Child Assisted Approach, a programme designed to teach school personnel the best way to help children on the autism spectrum interact with other children.

Child Assisted Approach

The Child Assisted Approach is a programme designed to teach school personnel and others the best way to help children on the autism spectrum interact with other children.

Child Directed Interaction

Child directed interaction is a component of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), a treatment for young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

Child's Talk

Child's Talk is a programme developed by the University of Manchester in the UK which is designed to enhance parent-child communication in autism and the social and language development of the child.

Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test

The Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test (now called the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test) is a screening tool designed to identify children who may be on the autism spectrum.

Childhood Autism

Childhood autism is another term for autistic disorder, which is a form of autism. 

Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)

The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) is a tool used to identify children aged 2 years and older with autism.

Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST)

The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly called the Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test) is a screening tool designed to identify children who may be on the autism spectrum.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is an extremely rare form of autism. It is also known as CDD, dementia infantalis, disintegrative psychosis or Heller's syndrome

Children's Friendship Training program

The Children's Friendship Training progam is a multi-componenet, parent-assisted intervention designed to improve social skills among children with autism.

Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS)

The Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) is a numeric scale (1 through 100) used to rate the general functioning of children under the age of 18.

Children's Toddler School Program

The Children's Toddler School Program is a comprehensive treatment model run by the University of California, San Diego.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is another term for traditional Chinese medicine, a complete medical system based on ensuring that opposing energies, called yin and yang, are in balance and that the life force or energy in every body, called qi, is also balanced and flowing freely.

About This Glossary

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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