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Obese Child with Autism Gaining Weight on Gluten/Casein-free Diet

May 22, 2015

Meanwhile the rest of this family is losing weight on the same diet; advice from specialists in the Autism Speaks ATN

“My 12-year-old daughter has Asperger syndrome and is obese. We started our whole family on a gluten-free, mostly casein-free diet about a year ago. Even though we’ve cut out breads and cut down a lot on sugar, she continues to gain weight. I can't understand it. I’ve lost 50 pounds, and her sister has lost weight as well. Other than exercise, which I can't force, I don't know what else to do. Any advice is appreciated.”

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 a qualified healthcare professional and/or behavioral therapist.

This week’s Food for Thought answer is by pediatrician Ihuoma Eneli...

Your ATN@Work: Parent Support & Education in Toronto

May 19, 2015

With an ATN/AIR-P grant, our Autism Treatment Network center in Toronto launched a monthly parent support and education group

Posted by Lisa Kanigsberg, a research assistant in the Autism Research Centre at Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The center is one of 14 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

The idea came from our ATN Family Advisory Board, which at the time consisted of our two superstar founding members Philippa Howell and Brenda Relf. Wouldn’t it be great for our parents to meet once a month to talk about an autism-related topic of particular interest? We envisioned parents gathering, sharing and gaining knowledge from each other as well as our healthcare specialists. Would people come? What if we could provide child care? We...

Will Communication Device Hamper Real Speech in Child with Autism?

May 8, 2015

Parent worries about son using speech device in school; good news from a specialist in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

“My son has autism and speaks a few words. The school has recommended using a speech-generating device. Are the teachers and therapists giving up on my son's speech?” 

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 a qualified healthcare professional and/or behavioral therapist.

 Today’s “Got Questions?” response is from speech-language pathologist Barbara Braddock. Dr. Braddock practices at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Medical Center of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The center is one of 14 sites in the ...

Your ATN@Work: Investigating Effects of Violent Video Games

May 5, 2015

This Autism Speaks ATN psychologist followed up on concerns about the effect of violent video games on people with autism

By psychologist Christopher Engelhardt, of the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The center is one of 14 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Research that improves quality of life is a central part of the ATN mission.

Over the years, a number of studies have suggested a possible link between violent video games and real-life aggression. Understandably, this has raised concerns among the families of teens and young adults who play these games. We’ve certainly heard many concerned questions from parents and caregivers of game players on the autism...

Your ATN@Work: Teaching Parents Sleep Strategies for Kids with Autism

April 28, 2015

Out of the lab and into the home, ATN researchers at Vanderbilt are showing frazzled parents how to solve autism-related sleep issues

Out of the lab and into the home, ATN researchers at Vanderbilt are showing frazzled parents how to solve autism-related sleep issues

By neurologist and sleep researcher Beth Malow, of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The school is a member center the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

Dr. Malow co-authored two Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P sleep tool kits: Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Strategies to Improve Sleep in Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Learn more about these guides and download them free ...

Help! Adult Son with Autism Has Job with Limitless Access to Junk Food

April 24, 2015

Strategies on teaching son to self-monitor, curb endless soda intake and make healthy food choices – while encouraging independence

“My 20 year old son, who has autism, has gained a lot of weight in the last year. I attribute this to two part-time jobs, both with ‘perks’ of endless fountain drinks and a nearby food court. He’s aware of healthy foods and eating habits, but has slipped into an unhealthy pattern. How do I help him?” 

Today’s Food for Thought response is by psychologist Jennifer Smith, program director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Smith is also the community outreach coordinator at the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, one of 14 sites in the ...

The Autism Speaks ATN@Work: Your Team of Doctors Will See You Now

April 14, 2015

Our ATN center in St. Louis has developed a model system for integrating primary and specialist care for kids with autism

Our ATN center in St. Louis has developed a model system for integrating primary and specialist care for kids with autism


By pediatricians Matthew Broom and Susan Heaney and psychologist Debra Zand, of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Broom is the director of the center’s Danis Pediatric Clinic. The medical school and clinic are part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

As readers of this column know well, parenting is challenging and autism can add to its complexity. Your child may behave in ways you don’t understand. Being able to communicate with your child may be difficult. Your...

‘How Can We Tell if our NonVerbal Teen Needs Glasses?’

April 10, 2015

Advice for parents of a nonverbal teen with autism from an ophthalmologist practicing in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

“Our teenage son is nonverbal and has autism. He’s always putting on his sister’s glasses. We’re wondering if it’s because he needs glasses too. How do we know? He can’t tell us. He certainly can’t read off the letters on a vision chart.

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 a qualified healthcare professional.

Today’s “Got Questions?” response is from ophthalmologist Bradley Davitt, director of pediatric ophthalmology at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and a researcher at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine. The medical center and school are...

What is Social Communication Disorder? How Is It Treated?

April 3, 2015

Parents seek advice after autism evaluation leads to diagnosis of SCD; Answers from two leading speech-language pathologists

Today’s “Got Questions?” response is by speech-language pathologists Diane Paul and Donna Murray. Dr. Paul is the director of clinical issues in speech-language pathology for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Murray serves as the senior director of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

Thank you for your question. You’re not alone in being confused about this diagnosis. Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD) is, indeed, a new addition to the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...

Your ATN@Work: Classes for Families Waiting for an Autism Evaluation

March 31, 2015

Autism Speaks’ ATN centers are filling the often-stressful gap between “first concern” and a full diagnostic evaluation for autism

By Maureen Dillon, a clinical social worker at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, in Santa Ana, California. The center is one of 14 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

Like all ATN centers, we understand that most of the families who come to us have urgent concerns about their child’s development. They need help and guidance. But like many autism centers across North America, the demand for our specialized services exceeds our capacity.

We know it can be deeply disturbing to hear that it may be over a month before we can see their child for his or her first comprehensive...

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