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Saccharomyces boulardii

Saccharomyces boulardii is a yeast, sometimes used as a dietary supplement or a medicine.

Sacro Occipital Technique

Sacro occipital technique is another name for craniosacral therapy, an intervention which uses very light touching to balance the craniosacral system in the body.


Salicylates are natural plant toxins common in many fruits, berries, and some vegetables, as well as honey, yeast extracts and almonds. They are also found in some medications, such as aspirin.


SALT and SLT are acronyms for speech and language therapy, an intervention in which a therapist works with individuals to help them develop their communication skills using a range of techniques

Samonas Sound Therapy

Samonas therapy is a form of auditory integration training which involves listening through headphones to filtered music, voice and sounds of nature recorded on compact discs.

Sandplay Therapy

Sandplay therapy is a form of psychological therapy in which the patient is encouraged to play with sand, water, and miniature objects.

Sara's Diet

Sara's diet is a lutein-free, soy-protein free and casein and gluten-restricted diet which also restricts or removes some artificial additives.

Sauna Therapy

Sauna therapy is another name for infrared sauna therapy, a treatment which uses infrared radiation to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue.


A savant is someone who has a severe developmental delay as well as extraordinary mental abilities not found in most people.


SCD is an acronym for the specific carbohydrate diet, which which excludes complex carbohydrates, such as those found in rice and potatoes.

SCERTS model

The SCERTS model is an approach which focuses on Social-Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support.

Schuessler Salts

Schuessler salts is a form of homeopathy in which tiny amounts of minerals, usually in the form of tablets, are taken.


SCIT is an acronym for the Social Cognition Training Program, a group-based intervention designed to improve social cognition and social functioning among people with disabilities.


SCIT-A is an acronmym for the Social Cognition and Interaction Training-Autism programme, which is a version of the Social Cognition and Interaction Training  programme that has been adapted for use by people on the autism spectrum.

Scotopic Lenses

Scotopic lenses are a type of coloured filter, used to block the wavelengths of light to which an individual is sensitive.

Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome

Scotopic sensitivity syndrome is a type of visual stress, a condition in which an individual cannot see clearly so the world seems disjointed, confused and scary.

Scotson Technique

The Scotson technique is an intervention based on correcting respiratory mechanics, that is, helping the individual breathe more easily.


SCQ is an acronym for the Social Communication Questionnaire, a screening tool designed to identify children who may be on the autism spectrum.


Screening is the process of identifying children who might have developmental delays, such as autism.

Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT)

The Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT) is a screening tool designed to identify children between 24 and 36 months of age who may be on the autism spectrum.

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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