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Responsive Teaching

Responsive teaching is a comprehensive parent-mediated intervention for children from birth to 6 years of age who have, or are at-risk for, child development and social emotional problems.


REST is an acronym for restricted environment stimulation therapy, an intervention based around sensory deprivation i.e. minimizing sensory inputs such as sound, lights and smells.

Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy

Restricted environmental stimulation therapy is an intervention based around sensory deprivation i.e. minimizing sensory inputs such as sound, lights and smells.

Restricted, Repetitive Patterns of Behaviour, Interests, or Activities

Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities are some of the core features of autism.

Rett Syndrome

Rett syndrome is a complex neurological disorder which is genetic in origin.

Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention

The rhythmic entrainment intervention uses recorded hand drumming rhythms to stimulate the central nervous system and improve brain function

Ribonucleic Acid

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a molecule involved in coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes.


Ridaura is a brand name for auranofin, a form of gold salts used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Riding the Rapids: Living with Autism or Disability

Riding the Rapids is a parent training programme for parents of pre- and primary-school aged children with autism or intellectual and complex disabilities.

Right Hemisphere Learning Disorder

Right hemisphere learning disorder is another term for non-verbal learning disorder.


Rilutek is a brand name for riluzole, a drug used for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


Riluzole is a drug used for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is sold under the brand name of Rilutek.


RIRD is an acronym for response interruption and redirection, the introduction of a prompt, comment, or other distractor when an interfering behaviour is occurring

Risk Factors

Risk factors are any attributes, characteristics or exposure of an individual that increases the likelihood of developing a disease or injury.


Risperidone is a type of drug called an atypical antipsychotic. It is sold under a variety of brand names including Belivon, Rispen and Risperdal.


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


Rivastigmine is a drug usually used to treat Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.


Robota is the name of a series of doll-shaped mini-humanoid robots.


A robot is a mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance.


Rolfing is a type of manipulation which is designed to align parts of the human body with each other.

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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The fact that an intervention is listed in this glossary does not necessarily mean that we agree with its use. Nor does it necessarily mean that there is any scientifically valid or reliable evidence behind it.