GARS (Gillam Autism Rating Scale)

A measure designed to diagnose autism and to estimate the severity of the problem.


Relating to the stomach and other parts of the digestive system. Many individuals with autism are reported to suffer with gastro-intestinal problems


The study of heredity and individual characteristics.


The genes responsible for a particular genetic condition or characteristic.

Gentle Containment

Another term for holding therapy (See Holding therapy)

Gentle Teaching

A non-violent approach to help individuals with special needs and challenging behaviours.


A protein found in wheat.

Gluten Intolerance

A sensitivity to gluten (see Gluten). Symptoms can be improved or eliminated by the removal of gluten from the diet.

Gross motor skills

The use of a person’s large muscles to move, eg. walking, running and jumping.