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    This month’s The Atlantic magazine features an in-depth look at our growing understanding of the biological links between autism, GI disorders and behavioral problems. The story shines a spotlight on Autism Speaks-funded research and profiles medical specialists within Autism More...
More than half of children with autism take medicine at some point during their childhood. Deciding to use medicine to treat children with autism is a difficult decision for most families. The Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use tool kit was created to help families work with their More...
Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest tool kit: Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use, a guide for families of children with autism. Written by medical experts, through their participation in the Autism Intervention Research Network More...
NICHQ, or the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering children’s health and healthcare. NICHQ works in many areas, ranging from prenatal support to improving systems that serve children with special healthcare needs. More...
This is a blog post by Stephen Kanne, PhD, executive director of the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The Thompson Center is a proud member of the Autism Speaks, Autism Treatment Network. Dr. Kanne serves as Co-PI on the Autism Speaks-ATN grant. More...
This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from Christopher McDougle, MD, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism, a member of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. This is an important question. Mood disorders – including depression More...
 By Rachel Nuwer From the day her twins were born, Marcy Oakes-Henschel could see they were in chronic pain. ”They had really severe GI issues from birth,” says the Sherwood Park, Alberta, mom of sons Aidan and Connor. “They would scream and scream for hours, and fuss and More...
Our daughter has been loving and affectionate for twelve years. But since she’s reached puberty she’s been biting, scratching and completely checking out when she gets her period. What is known about girls with autism at puberty? This week's "Got Questions?" answer comes More...
Parents and autism therapists have long noticed that many children and teens with autism become deeply engaged with video games and other forms of screen-based media. Indeed, many therapists and “app” makers design autism-friendly video games around this tendency. Two new studies More...
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice invites Autism Speaks families, researchers and supporters to hear its latest podcast: “Outcomes in adults with autism spectrum disorders: a historical perspective.” The podcast features Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D., a special- More...

ATN Featured in U.S. News & World Report
(September 4, 2012) The U.S. News & World Report prominently featured Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network (ATN) in its Best Hospitals 2013 edition. The feature article, by Michael Morella, An All-Out Assault on Autism, highlighted the importance of starting intervention early and simultaneously tackling conditions often associated with autism, such as anxiety, gastrointestinal issues and epilepsy.

Autism Speaks National Conference for Families and Professionals
(February 22, 2012) Autism Speaks is pleased to announce its first National Conference for Families and Professionals, to be held Friday and Saturday, August 3rd and 4th, 2012 at the Hilton Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio.

How helpful is the casein-gluten-free diet?
(November 11, 2011)  This blog, which comes from pediatric gastroenterologist, Kent Williams, MD, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio—one of 17 sites in Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network, discusses the things parents should think about when considering a casein-free, gluten-free diet. Learn more here.

My child is nonverbal. Anything new that might help him communicate better?
(October 14, 2011) Speech-language pathologists Cynthia Green, Kameron Beaulieu, and Jill Dolata of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at the Oregon Health & Science University’s Child Development and Rehabilitation Center discuss how to assist and enhance the communication of nonverbal children. Learn more here.

Propranolol for Behavior Challenges: Not Yet Ready for Widespread Use
(October 10, 2011) Autism Treatment Network Medical Director, Daniel L. Coury, MD discusses recent reports on a small scale study that the beta-blocker propranolol improved word use in adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Learn more here.

The Month in Review: Autism Speaks September 2011 Impact
(October 4, 2011) This blog recaps some of the highlights of news events that have had significant impact across the four pillars of Autism Speaks’ mission: Science, Family Services, Advocacy and Awareness. Included are discussions events important to Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN), including the launch of two new tool kits, and the passage of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act.  Learn more here.

Our New Medication Decision Aid in Action …
(September 27, 2011) Lynn Cole, PNP, Associate Director of Clinical Services at the University of Rochester’s Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, one of 17 Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) sites, discusses the concept of shared decision making and how it underpins her Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit. Learn more here.

Has anyone studied how to help toilet-train children with ASD?
(September 23, 2011) This blog comes from two of the clinicians who work within our Autism Treatment Network (ATN) and our Health Resources and Services Administration funded Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Both helped write the Autism Speaks Toileting Toolkit for parents, which will be available very soon. Learn more here.

Tell Congress to Pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act
(September 21, 2011) Judith Ursitti, Director of State Government Affairs at Autism Speaks, writes to encourage readers to take action through Autism Votes, to encourage the Senate to pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act before the September 30th deadline. She mentions the importance of this initiative in providing some of the funding to support the Autism Treatment Network. Learn morehere.

$12M in Funding for Research and Treatment!
(September 21, 2011) In this blog, the Autism Treatment Network announces the renewal of Federal funding to continue its activities as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Learn more here.

New Blood Work Tool Kit for Families and Practitioners
(September 20, 2011) Cassandra Newsom, PsyD, is Director of Psychological Education for the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee), a member of Autism Speaks’ ATN. She discusses the development of the two blood work tool kits for families of a child with ASD and their healthcare providers, which were designed to reduce the fear and anxiety that may accompany blood draws. Learn morehere.

Your Questions Answered: ATN Toolkits
(September 16, 2011) Nancy Jones, PhD., Director of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) discusses the launch of two recent ATN tools for families and healthcare providers, the Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit and the Blood Draw Tool Kit. She explains why they were developed and how they advance the mission of the ATN, to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with autism and their families.  Learn more here.

Autism Treatment Network LIVE Chat with Dan Coury, MD and Nancy Jones, PhD Transcript
(September 15, 2011) On September 14, Dan Coury, MD, the medical director of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) and Nancy Jones, Ph.D., the ATN Program Director hosted a webchat, answering questions related to the release of the new ATN tool kits, “Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit” and “Blood Draw Tool Kit.” This is a transcription of that live chat. Learn morehere.

ATN Site Director, Beth Malow, M.D., M.S. Named to Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University
(September 2011) Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is delighted to announce the high honor bestowed on Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., Site Director of the ATN program at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Malow has been named to Vanderbilt University’s Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, and is one of 10 Vanderbilt faculty members named to endowed chairs in a ceremony on September 26th. Learn more here.

Autism Treatment Network Announces New Toolkits Addressing Medication Decisions, Blood Draws
(September 2011) Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) has been developing tools to help parents and medical professionals manage a variety of issues common to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Today we are pleased to roll out our new ATN toolkits: “Autism: Should My Child Take Medicine for Challenging Behavior?” and “Taking the Work Out of Blood Work: Helping Your Child with ASD.” Learn more here.

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Expands to 17 Sites in North America
(January 2011) Autism Speaks announced the expansion of its Autism Treatment Network to include 17 leading children's hospitals and academic medical centers in the U.S. and Canada. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is committed to improving the health and healthcare for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through evidence-based research and practice. Read the press release here.

Vanderbilt Autism Study Looks at Kids' Routines, Sleep Links
(January 2010) In a project funded by the Autism Treatment Network and the federal government's Health Resources Services Administration, Vanderbilt researchers are piloting a new sleep education program they hope will make children with autism less irritable and able to better concentrate during their waking hours. Read more.

Autism Treatment Network Reviews Progress, Looks to Future
(December 2009) The second annual clinical meeting of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) recently convened – providing ATN clinicians an opportunity to review progress in guideline development and research as well as plan their activities for 2010. Focus topics this year included Neurology, Behavioral Sciences and Psychopharmacology in the treatment of ASD and associated conditions. Read more.

Symposium: Gastrointestinal Conditions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(November 2009) Researchers, clinicians and pediatric specialists in gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and nutrition convened this week at a symposium hosted by Autism Speaks, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Spearheaded by Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network, the symposium was held to raise awareness and plan new research directions for GI disorders in autism. Read the press release here.