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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 

Studies Link Autism to Low Bone Density and Increased Fractures

September 17, 2014

(Sept. 17, 2014) Individuals with autism have higher than typical rates of bone fracture beginning in childhood and extending up to at least age 50, according to a large study by physician-researchers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Announces New Funding & Centers

New strategic plan emphasizes research and community outreach at 14 centers across North America; includes two new centers
August 18, 2014

 

In the newest round of funding for its Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks has selected 14 sites across U.S. and Canada. The selections include two new centers that will join the network in September 2014. (Full list below.)

Infant Head Size and Autism: Baby Sibs Study Shows No Connection

In largest-ever study, Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium helps settle longtime debate over proposed early sign of autism
August 14, 2014

With the largest study of its kind, the Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium has further laid to rest the longstanding idea that an abnormally large infant head size is an early sign of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Reducing Stress, Depression and Anxiety in Mothers of Kids with Autism

Study shows clear benefits to mom-led stress-reduction classes; mindfulness training produces greatest benefits
July 21, 2014

Researchers at Vanderbilt University – a part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network  – report that mothers of children with autism benefit significantly from weekly stress-reduction classes led by other mothers.

Webinar: Two Routes to Developing Autism Medicines

SFARI webinar features Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, child psychiatrist and investigator in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network
June 19, 2014

Researchers and members of the autism community are invited to participate in a free webinar – Wednesday June 25 at 3 pm ET – describing two distinct routes for discovering and developing new medicines for autism.

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.

Regressive Autism Reported Twice as Often among African American Children

Rates of regressive autism also appear elevated among Hispanics; researcher urges further study to understand why
May 06, 2014

 

Reports of regressive autism – in which young children lose early language and social skills – are twice as common for African American children as for white children, according to new research. The same study found reports of regression 50 percent higher for Hispanic children than for whites.