The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Center for Autism Research
3535 Market Street Suite 860
CAR's research is based on the belief that better treatments for the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) will follow from a better understanding of the causal mechanisms. There are probably dozens if not hundreds of causal influences, combining in various ways for each individual. We all recognize that autism is a spectrum, but we are just beginning to understand why and how children with ASDs differ from one another. These differences have important consequences in terms of treatment needs and developmental courses.