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Autism Speaks Launches Guide for Managing Constipation in Children

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest tool kit: Guide for Managing Constipation in Children: A Tool Kit for Parents. Written by medical experts, through their participation in the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), this free publication provides strategies and resources for parents of children with autism who have problems with constipation along with difficulties that can make treating it challenging.

Like all AS-ATN tool kits, this kit draws its recommendations from the experience of specialists and the evidence-based findings of research involving children and families dealing with autism.

The Guide for Managing Constipation in Children includes information and tips for families such as:

  • An overview of constipation;
  • Information about daily treatment of constipation including diet changes, behavior changes and medicine;
  • Specific tips and strategies to relieve constipation including increasing fiber in your child’s diet, positive reinforcement in bowel movement training and medication options.

The kit also includes a stool treatment diary as well as a constipation action plan.

Click here to download your free copy of Guide for Managing Constipation in Children: A Tool Kit for Parents.

To learn about one family’s experience with their son’s constipation problems and treatment, see a blog post by Ellen and Scott Ambler. You can also download other AS-ATN/AIR-P tool kits on the Tools You Can Use page. 

*This tool kit is the product of on-going activities of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) in its role as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The AIR-P is supported through cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital.