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April 2, 2012 was World Autism Awareness Day and the entire month of April, Autism Awareness Month. To draw attention to the increasing number of lives affected by autism around the world, Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network ushered in the month with unique and moving displays of support and a variety of promotional activities.

ATN centers across the US and Canada enlisted the participation of their facilities, staff, families, local landmarks, public relations and media personnel, and even political leaders in a celebration of autism awareness.

Many children experience a great deal of anxiety when visiting the dental practitioner’s office, especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Feelings of anxiety may be caused by a number of factors including a fear of the unknown, difficulties communicating one’s feelings, and reactions to sensory sensitivities. When children are unable to effectively communicate their feelings of anxiety, they may show uncooperative behavior.

Provides Valuable Instruction to Parents and Providers to Improve Daily Communication When Your Child with Autism Has Limited Verbal Skills

Autism Speaks released the Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder tool kit providing valuable guidance to parents, families and p

December 01, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 1, 2011) – Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization today released the Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder tool kit providing valuable guidance to parents, families and providers about how to utilize pictures, photographs and other visual supports to improve communication for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with understanding or using language.

Posted by Clara Lajonchere, PhD, vice president of clinical programs, Autism Speaks

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.

September 27, 2011

 Families of children with special medical needs face numerous challenges best met by high-quality “medical homes” that provide comprehensive health care and social support, write pediatricians Paul Carbone, MD, and Nancy Murphy, MD, in “Parent-Provider-Community Partnerships: Optimizing Outcomes for Children With Disabilities,” a