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Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network and Autism BrainNet

June 14, 2016

ATN families are registering to advance autism research with the greatest gift – future donation of post-mortem brain tissue

ATN families are registering to advance autism research with the greatest gift – future donation of post-mortem brain tissue

In its spring bulletin, the staff of Autism BrainNet expressed its thanks to the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) for helping the tissue bank spread the world about the pressing need for postmortem brain tissue to advance understanding of autism’s causes and potential treatments. Autism BrainNet is a joint initiative of Autism Speaks and the Simons...

Is surgery the answer for young adult with autism and rectal prolapse?

June 3, 2016

Gastroenterologist Tim Buie provides insights on resolving the vicious cycle of chronic constipation and rectal prolapse

Gastroenterologist Tim Buie provides insights on resolving the vicious cycle of chronic constipation and rectal prolapse

“Our 24-year-old son is severely affected by autism. I’m writing about his rectal prolapse, which we understand is associated with his chronic constipation. His doctor recommends surgery. But first I want to understand this more from someone who has experience working with patients who have autism. I greatly appreciate any information you can share.”

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is by pediatric gastroenterologist Timothy Buie. Dr. Buie is the director of gastrointestinal and...

Understanding the complexity of depression in kids & teens with autism

May 31, 2016

A Q&A with the author of a ground-breaking study on depression in young people with autism – and the physical and behavioral issues that often accompany it

A Q&A with the author of a ground-breaking study on depression in young people with autism – and the physical and behavioral issues that often accompany it 

Earlier this year, the journal Pediatrics published the second autism supplement produced by the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) in its federally funded role as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).

The special issue’s 17 groundbreaking...

Can ABA help a teen on the mildly affected end of the autism spectrum?

May 27, 2016

Applied Behavior Analysis isn’t just for little kids or those most severely affected by autism; here’s guidance from experts in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by behavior analysts Sungwoo Kahng and Janine Stichter, of the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The Thompson Center is one of 14 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

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...

Mom perplexed by toddler running back and forth shaking things

May 6, 2016

Insights and advice on this repetitive behavior from a specialist working in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

Our two-year-old has started running back and forth while shaking things – a string, wire, pencils, hangers, whatever – in his left hand. He does this for hours and has started doing it in public. How can I find a substitute for this behavior and/or limit the time he spends doing it? He has a fit if I take away what he’s shaking. But it’s becoming extreme, and people are starting to notice.

 

 Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by psychologist Stephanie Weber, of the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The center...

Your ATN@Work: Treating anxiety in children and teens with autism

May 3, 2016

Part 2 of our Q&A with the lead author of new guidelines for diagnosing and treating anxiety in children and adolescents with autism

Part 2 of our Q&A with the lead author of new guidelines for diagnosing and treating anxiety in children and adolescents with autism

Last week we posted Part 1 in our Q&A with the lead author of the first guidelines for identifying and addressing anxiety in children and teens with autism. The guidelines came out of a study conducted through the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) in its role as the...

Recovery room nurse seeks advice on comforting kids with autism

April 29, 2016

While every patient with autism is unique, our expert has general advice for making the day of surgery more autism-friendly

While every patient with autism is unique, our expert has general advice on making the day of surgery more autism-friendly

I am a recovery room nurse, and this week we had a little boy waking up from anesthesia, who was also autistic. We quickly had his parents come in to help comfort him. I want to find information on how we can best help children who have autism when they’re waking up from anesthesia in the recovery room and share it with my colleagues. What’s helpful? What’s not? Help appreciated!

This week’s Got Questions answer is by Susan Scully, a board certified operating room nurse and team...

Your ATN@Work: Recognizing anxiety in children and teens with autism

April 26, 2016

Part 1 of our Q&A with the lead author of much-needed guidelines on recognizing and treating anxiety in children and adolescents with autism

Part 1 of our Q&A with the lead author of much-needed guidelines on recognizing and treating anxiety in children and adolescents with autism

Earlier this year, the journal Pediatrics published the first guidelines for identifying and addressing anxiety in children and teens with autism. The guidelines came out of a study conducted through the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) in its role as the...

Autism dilemma: Why is teen chewing on clothes, swallowing objects?

April 22, 2016

Insights on what may be triggering the behavior – and how to address it – from an expert in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

Our 17-year-old son has a diagnosis of autism and developmental delay. Lately, he’s been chewing on his shirt collars as well as chewing and sometimes swallowing things like pen caps, erasers and all sorts of paper. I also find objects around the house with teeth marks on them. Why is this happening?

This week’s “Food for Thought” post is by occupational therapist Moira Pena, of Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital is one of 14 centers in the Autism Speaks Autism...

Your ATN@Work: Finding new ways to create autism-friendly symphonies

April 12, 2016

This Autism Treatment Network center created an autism-friendly space where families can enjoy intimate symphony concerts

This Autism Treatment Network center created an autism-friendly space where families can enjoy intimate symphony concerts

By Kelly McKinnon-Bermingham, director of behavior intervention 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).

We know that many families who have a child on the autism spectrum avoid attending live performances because they worry about how their children will...

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