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Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well being or absence of mental health problems.

Mental State Reading

Mental state reading is another term for theory of mind training, an intervention which teaches individuals how to work out what other people may be thinking and feeling


Mentoring is process of supporting and encouraging someone else to maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.

Message Board

A message board is a form of online community used by people with autism and others to talk to one another.


MET is an acronym for multiple exemplar training, which means using multiple examples when training (or teaching) someone.


Meta-analysis is a systematic method that takes data from a number of independent studies and integrates them using statistical analysis.

Metabolic Amino Acid Therapy

Metabolic amino acid therapy is another term for amino acid therapy, which is the use of amino acids, usually in the form of dietary supplements, for therapeutic purposes.

Metamorphic Technique

Metamorphic technique is a type of reflexology, the practice of stimulating points on the feet, hands and ears.


Metformin is a biguanide, a type of diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.


Methionine is an essential sulphur-containing amino acid found in all meats, grains and soya beans.


Methyl-B12 is another term for methylcobalamin, a form of vitamin B-12.


Methylcobalamin is a form of vitamin B-12.


Methylin is a brand name for methylphenidylacetate hydrochloride, a type of stimulant medication, used to treat inattention and hyperactivity.


Methylphenidate is a form of stimulant medication, used to treat inattention and hyperactivity.


Methylsulfonylmethane is an organic sulphur-containing compound that occurs naturally in a variety of foodstuffs and that is also available as a dietary supplement.


Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infections of the reproductive system, gastrointestinal tract, skin, vagina, and other areas of the body.


mHBOT is another term for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is the medical use of oxygen at a higher than atmospheric pressure.


Microbiome is the totality of microorganisms and their collective genetic material present in or on the human body.


Microbiota (also known as microbial flora) are the microorganisms that typically inhabit the organs in your body.


Microcephaly is a neurological disorder in which the circumference of the head is significantly smaller than average for the person's age or sex

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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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