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Helping Pediatricians Improve Treatment of Autism-Related Constipation

At world’s largest pediatrics conference, Autism Speaks ATN clinicians present findings of project to improve treatment of constipation
October 13, 2014

At world’s largest pediatrics conference, Autism Speaks ATN clinicians present findings of project to improve treatment of constipation 

ATN/AIR-P Guides to Pica for Parents and Professionals

Pica, the repeated eating of non-food items, is the eating disorder most often displayed by children with autism. In published literature, the most common definition of pica is the placing of non-edible items past the plane of the lips. For example, a child may eat food from a garbage can or bite off a piece of a toy plastic car and swallow it quickly.

ATN/AIR-P Tools for Successful Vision Exams

New experiences, including medical visits, can be difficult for individuals with autism. A trip to the optometrist’s office for a vision exam is one type of medical visit that can be challenging because an eye exam may be upsetting for patients who are over-reactive to sensory input. Because exams are done infrequently, desensitization through repetitive visits does not usually occur.

Autism Speaks Announces New Tools for Successful Vision Exams

April 04, 2014

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest resource for families from the ATN/AIR-P: a video and accompanying social narrative to help prepare individuals with autism for visits to the eye doctor, which can often be very difficult and uncomfortable experiences.

ATN/AIR-P Guide to Providing Feedback to Families Affected by Autism

Parents never forget the feedback session as receiving a diagnosis of autism for their child can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience. However, while this is a difficult diagnosis to provide to a family, a well-run feedback session may also be a positive experience. The feedback session is often a crucial touchstone on the journey of having a child with a disability.

Autism Study Links Bowel Symptoms and Rigid, Repetitive Behaviors

Raises possibility that relieving constipation could ease some autism symptoms; GI and rigid behaviors may share common cause
December 10, 2013