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Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder

Semantic-pragmatic disorder is a condition characterized by good grammatical language but lack of ability to use language in a socially appropriate manner.

SENSE Theatre

SENSE Theatre is an acronym for Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology Theatre, a theatre-based intervention which aims to improve social interaction in young people on the autism spectrum.

Sensory Deprivation Therapy

Sensory deprivation therapy is another term for restricted environmental stimulation therapy, an intervention based around sensory deprivation, that is, minimising sensory inputs such as sound, lights and smells.

Sensory Enrichment Therapy

Sensory enrichment therapy is a comprehensive intervention that uses sensory experiences to enable the brain to reduce the symptoms of developmental disabilities, such as autism.

Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration therapy is another term for sensory integrative therapy, an intervention designed to help people cope with sensory difficulties.

Sensory Integrative Therapy

Sensory integrative therapy is a an intervention designed to help people cope with sensory difficulties.

Sensory Room

Sensory room is another term for a multi-sensory environment, which contains equipment and materials designed to stimulate the senses.

Sensory Sensitivity

Sensory sensitivity refers to unusual reactions or sensitivity to sensations such as sound, light or touch.

Sensory Stories

Sensory stories instruct children with autism to use calming sensory strategies in order to deal with unpleasant sensory aspects of particular situations.

Sequential Homeopathy

Sequential homeopathy is the use of homeopathic treatments in a sequence determined by the illnesses and other traumas in a person's life.

Serine

Serine is a non-essential amino acid found in many proteins in the body (e.g., casein, vitellin).

Serious Game

Serious games are games designed for a primary purpose other than entertainment.

Seroquel

Seroquel is a brand name for quetiapine, a type of antipsychotic drug.

Serotonin

Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmitter found in many tissues, including blood platelets, intestinal mucosa, the pineal body, and the central nervous system.

Serotoninergic Diet

The serotoninergic diet requires you to eat foodstuffs which contain serotonin and avoid foodstuffs which contain high levels of protein.

Seroxat

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

SGD

SGD is an acronym for speech generating device, a form of augmentative electronic device which enables the user to speak.

Shaping

Shaping is a behavioural technique, in which successively closer approximations of a desired behaviour are reinforced.

Shared Reading

Shared reading is a broad term describing activities where an adult reads aloud to children, incorporating interaction through the use of questioning and discussion.

Sheltered Employment

Sheltered employment refers to programmes which are designed to assist individuals who for whatever reason are viewed as not capable of working in a competitive employment setting in their local community.

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