Skip navigation

Calls to Action

Autism Treatment Network

Today's IACC Webcast Features Autism Speaks ATN Experts on Associated Medical Conditions

September 19, 2014

(Sept. 23, 2014) Today the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has invited a roster of Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) specialists and Autism-Speaks funded researchers to update the committee and the public at a special workshop on “Under-recognized Co-occurring Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” 

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).

Adults with Autism Report High Rates of Sexual Victimization

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.

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.

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.

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.