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Monday, May 1, 2017 - 09:02
Study by Autism Speaks ATN raises red flag because, in most cases, first-line treatment should involve non-drug behavioral approaches Editor’s note: The following information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as appropriate, with More...
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 08:22
My son is 4 years old and has autism. Several months ago, he started pinching people. It could be anybody – adult, child or baby. He’ll just run over, pinch the person and run away. We’ll give him time outs for this, and he’ll say “sorry” the minute he does it. More...
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 14:13
Large study yields insights into family decision-making around the balance between safety and independence A large new study found that a third of teens who have autism without intellectual disability earn a driver's license. Nearly 90 percent of them do so within two years of getting their More...
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 09:00
Parents avoided having him evaluated as a child; is it worth the effort as an adult? Options and perspective from a specialist I am 24, and all my life, teachers, counselors and therapists have been trying to get me diagnosed with autism. My parents fought having me diagnosed because they More...
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 07:07
  This week’s “Got Questions?” response is by Janine Stichter, professor of special education and an applied behavioral analyst at the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, in Columbia. The university and its autism center More...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:00
I teach in a self-contained classroom for students who have autism. I hear a lot about kids with autism being victims of bullying. But can they be bullies themselves? One of my students tends to get physically aggressive and scare other students away when he wants something such as art materials More...
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 06:05
Our teenage son, who has autism, will soon be aging out of the pediatric practice where he has a medical team coordinating care for a number of medical issues. As we start planning his transition to adulthood, we’re wondering whether there are medical guidelines for the lifelong care of More...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 16:59
The following information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as appropriate, with a qualified healthcare professional. A number of medical and mental-health issues frequently accompany autism spectrum disorder. These include: Epilepsy More...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 06:56
I’ve been reading about studies suggesting that people who have autism have trouble gauging and tracking time. Boy oh boy, does this ever apply to me ever since I was a little kid! Do you have any tips or insights that can help? Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by More...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:00
Our daughter is severely affected by autism. We’re having a particular problem with doctor visits. She doesn’t like being touched and won’t sit still for procedures like a shot or drawing blood. Do you have some advice for preparing her for the visit? How about while we’re More...

ATN Featured in U.S. News & World Report
(September 4, 2012) The U.S. News & World Report prominently featured Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network (ATN) in its Best Hospitals 2013 edition. The feature article, by Michael Morella, An All-Out Assault on Autism, highlighted the importance of starting intervention early and simultaneously tackling conditions often associated with autism, such as anxiety, gastrointestinal issues and epilepsy.

Autism Speaks National Conference for Families and Professionals
(February 22, 2012) Autism Speaks is pleased to announce its first National Conference for Families and Professionals, to be held Friday and Saturday, August 3rd and 4th, 2012 at the Hilton Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio.

How helpful is the casein-gluten-free diet?
(November 11, 2011)  This blog, which comes from pediatric gastroenterologist, Kent Williams, MD, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio—one of 17 sites in Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network, discusses the things parents should think about when considering a casein-free, gluten-free diet. Learn more here.

My child is nonverbal. Anything new that might help him communicate better?
(October 14, 2011) Speech-language pathologists Cynthia Green, Kameron Beaulieu, and Jill Dolata of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at the Oregon Health & Science University’s Child Development and Rehabilitation Center discuss how to assist and enhance the communication of nonverbal children. Learn more here.

Propranolol for Behavior Challenges: Not Yet Ready for Widespread Use
(October 10, 2011) Autism Treatment Network Medical Director, Daniel L. Coury, MD discusses recent reports on a small scale study that the beta-blocker propranolol improved word use in adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Learn more here.

The Month in Review: Autism Speaks September 2011 Impact
(October 4, 2011) This blog recaps some of the highlights of news events that have had significant impact across the four pillars of Autism Speaks’ mission: Science, Family Services, Advocacy and Awareness. Included are discussions events important to Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN), including the launch of two new tool kits, and the passage of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act.  Learn more here.

Our New Medication Decision Aid in Action …
(September 27, 2011) Lynn Cole, PNP, Associate Director of Clinical Services at the University of Rochester’s Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, one of 17 Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) sites, discusses the concept of shared decision making and how it underpins her Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit. Learn more here.

Has anyone studied how to help toilet-train children with ASD?
(September 23, 2011) This blog comes from two of the clinicians who work within our Autism Treatment Network (ATN) and our Health Resources and Services Administration funded Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Both helped write the Autism Speaks Toileting Toolkit for parents, which will be available very soon. Learn more here.

Tell Congress to Pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act
(September 21, 2011) Judith Ursitti, Director of State Government Affairs at Autism Speaks, writes to encourage readers to take action through Autism Votes, to encourage the Senate to pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act before the September 30th deadline. She mentions the importance of this initiative in providing some of the funding to support the Autism Treatment Network. Learn morehere.

$12M in Funding for Research and Treatment!
(September 21, 2011) In this blog, the Autism Treatment Network announces the renewal of Federal funding to continue its activities as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Learn more here.

New Blood Work Tool Kit for Families and Practitioners
(September 20, 2011) Cassandra Newsom, PsyD, is Director of Psychological Education for the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee), a member of Autism Speaks’ ATN. She discusses the development of the two blood work tool kits for families of a child with ASD and their healthcare providers, which were designed to reduce the fear and anxiety that may accompany blood draws. Learn morehere.

Your Questions Answered: ATN Toolkits
(September 16, 2011) Nancy Jones, PhD., Director of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) discusses the launch of two recent ATN tools for families and healthcare providers, the Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit and the Blood Draw Tool Kit. She explains why they were developed and how they advance the mission of the ATN, to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals with autism and their families.  Learn more here.

Autism Treatment Network LIVE Chat with Dan Coury, MD and Nancy Jones, PhD Transcript
(September 15, 2011) On September 14, Dan Coury, MD, the medical director of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) and Nancy Jones, Ph.D., the ATN Program Director hosted a webchat, answering questions related to the release of the new ATN tool kits, “Medication Decision Aid Tool Kit” and “Blood Draw Tool Kit.” This is a transcription of that live chat. Learn morehere.

ATN Site Director, Beth Malow, M.D., M.S. Named to Endowed Chair at Vanderbilt University
(September 2011) 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. Learn more here.

Autism Treatment Network Announces New Toolkits Addressing Medication Decisions, Blood Draws
(September 2011) Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) has been developing tools to help parents and medical professionals manage a variety of issues common to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Today we are pleased to roll out our new ATN toolkits: “Autism: Should My Child Take Medicine for Challenging Behavior?” and “Taking the Work Out of Blood Work: Helping Your Child with ASD.” Learn more here.

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Expands to 17 Sites in North America
(January 2011) Autism Speaks announced the expansion of its Autism Treatment Network to include 17 leading children's hospitals and academic medical centers in the U.S. and Canada. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is committed to improving the health and healthcare for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) through evidence-based research and practice. Read the press release here.

Vanderbilt Autism Study Looks at Kids' Routines, Sleep Links
(January 2010) In a project funded by the Autism Treatment Network and the federal government's Health Resources Services Administration, Vanderbilt researchers are piloting a new sleep education program they hope will make children with autism less irritable and able to better concentrate during their waking hours. Read more.

Autism Treatment Network Reviews Progress, Looks to Future
(December 2009) The second annual clinical meeting of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) recently convened – providing ATN clinicians an opportunity to review progress in guideline development and research as well as plan their activities for 2010. Focus topics this year included Neurology, Behavioral Sciences and Psychopharmacology in the treatment of ASD and associated conditions. Read more.

Symposium: Gastrointestinal Conditions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(November 2009) Researchers, clinicians and pediatric specialists in gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and nutrition convened this week at a symposium hosted by Autism Speaks, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Spearheaded by Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network, the symposium was held to raise awareness and plan new research directions for GI disorders in autism. Read the press release here.