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. It also described the success of intensive early intervention programs at several of the ATN sites. The article featured the Early Start Denver Model of behavioral therapy, co-created by Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D.
In describing the work at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, an ATN site, Morella wrote, “Nationwide’s approach to treatment demonstrates perhaps the best hope for children with autism spectrum disorder: starting early—even as young as 12 months—and deploying a team of experts, from neurologists and physical therapists to psychologists and gastroenterologists to tackle any aggravating issues.” Other ATN sites mentioned in the article include the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (Lurie Center for Autism) in Boston, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is dedicated to the mission of “whole person” care for children and families affected by autism. For more information on the ATN and the location of your nearest ATN medical center, see the ATN homepage on the Autism Speaks website. For more information on the Early Start Denver Model, see the What is Autism? section on the Autism Speaks website.