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Autism Speaks staffers introduce MSSNG, Tool Kits on Doctor Radio

September 11, 2015

Autism Speaks' Vice President and Head of Genomic Discovery, Mathew Pletcher, PhD, along with Associate Director of Dissemination Science, Public Health, Kara Reagon, PhD, appeared on Doctor Radio on SiriusXM Channel 110 to discuss autism diagnosis, interventions, resources, and the launch of the MSSNG Portal For Open-Access Genomics Research.

Autism Speaks launched the web-based portal for its MSSNG database, making the resource available to researchers worldwide. The MSSNG portal enables qualified scientists to access, study and share findings on detailed genomic information from people with autism spectrum disorder and their family members. This program could lead to breakthroughs in identifying the causes and subtypes of autism, as well as advancing the diagnosis and personalized treatment of the disorder. The portal produces informative graphics that illustrate the depth and quality of the sequence data available for a particular gene sequence. And users can find information on groups of genes that have similar actions. In some circumstances, through Autism Speaks, researchers can request contact with individuals who have gene changes of interest.

Kara Reagon, PhD, discussed autism diagnosis and resources.

The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.

Is It Autism and If So, What Next? A Guide for Adults was designed to help adults who suspect they may have autism, as well as those recently diagnosed with the disorder. This kit will provide an overview of autism to help you better understand the disorder and will hopefully clarify whether you should seek out a professional for a thorough evaluation.

The ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to ABA tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services. ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA is considered an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.

The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit serves as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. It includes information on Self-Advocacy, Community Living, Employment, Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities, Housing, Legal Matters, Health, Internet, Technology and Safety, and Getting Organized.

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