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Autism Treatment Network

September 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).

Study links higher risk to lack of sexual knowledge; Autism Speaks has resources for building understanding and skills
August 19, 2014


Adults with autism report starkly higher rates of sexual victimization than do other adults, and the risk appears to rise with lack of sexual knowledge, according to a new report.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medications may play role in doubling obesity rate among teens with autism; associated health problems highlight need for expert help
March 10, 2014

Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have documented high rates of obesity among adolescents with developmental disabilities. The highest rate – around 32 percent – was among those with autism.