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FACE (Facial Automation for Conveying Emotions)

FACE is an acronym for Facial Automation for Conveying Emotions, a robot which can show basic emotional states.


FaceSay is a computer programme which is designed to teach specific face-processing skills for social cognition.

Facilitated Communication

Facilitated communication (also known as supported typing) is a form of augmentative and alternative communication in which someone physically supports an autistic person and helps him to point at pictures or words.

Facing Your Fears

Facing Your Fears is a family-based cognitive behavioural programme designed to reduce anxiety in children on the autism spectrum.

Faith Healing

Faith healing refers to a wide range of interventions and practices which attempt to use religious or spiritual means to prevent illness, cure disease, or improve health.

Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers

Family Implemented TEACCH for Toddlers (FITT) is a comprehensive, multi-component parent education and support programme.

Family Systems Therapy

Family systems therapy is another term for family therapy, a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development.

Family-Centred Intervention

Family-centred intervention are any interventions which involve parents and professionals working together, in a systematic and collaborative , to address a child's problems.

Fast ForWord

Fast ForWord is a set of interactive computerized language-learning programmes designed to develop and strengthen memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing.

Fatty Acid

Fatty acid is another term for essential fatty acids, which are essential amino acids that cannot be created within the human body and must therefore be obtained from the diet.


Faverin is a brand name for fluvoxamine, a type of SSRI antidepressant, used to treat a range of conditions but especially obsessive compulsive disorder.


FCT is an acronym for functional communication training, a behavioural strategy for teaching people to use signs or other techniques as substitutes for the 'messages' underlying their challenging behaviour.

Fecal Transplant

Fecal transplant (also known as fecal microbiota transplantation, FMT or stool transplant) is the process of transplantation of fecal bacteria from one person to another.

Feingold Diet or Program

The Feingold Diet is a type of exclusion diet which requires the individual to avoid artificial additives and salicylate

Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is an approach which aims to teach an individual how to move with greater ease, comfort, and coordination.


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


Fenfluramine hydrochloride is an indirect 5-HT receptor agonist that was used as an anoretic i.e. an appetite reduction drug that was removed from sale in 1997 because of significant safety fears.

Feuerstein Technique

The Feuerstein technique is another name for mediated learning, an educational programme based on the idea that because intelligence is plastic and changeable, not fixed, it can be 'taught' within a mediated learning environment.


FIAS is an intensive, relationship-based intervention designed to help parents of very young children on the autism spectrum.

Fibroblast Growth Factors

Fibroblast growth factors are proteins that bind to receptors on the surface of cells.

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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