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Your ATN@Work: A pill to improve communication skills?

February 16, 2016

Investigators at our ATN center in Missouri are pioneering research into the potential benefits of the beta-blocker propranolol

Investigators at our ATN center in Missouri are pioneering research into the potential benefits of the beta-blocker propranolol 

By neurologist David Beversdorf. Dr. Beversdorf specializes in cognitive and behavioral neurology and runs the adult and adolescent autism spectrum disorders clinic at 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.

Earlier this month, Dr. Beversdorf and his...

Seven toilet training tips that help nonverbal kids with autism

February 12, 2016

Experts in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network answer a parent’s plea for guidance


“We're looking for help toilet training our 7 year old. He is very limited verbally.”

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?” answer is by psychologists Courtney Aponte and Daniel Mruzek, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, one of 14 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network...

Your ATN@Work: Helping businesses go autism-friendly

February 9, 2016

The Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is helping Missouri businesses create autism-friendly venues and workplaces. Learn more ...

The Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is helping Missouri businesses create autism-friendly venues and workplaces

By Kim Selders, a training specialist at the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The Thompson Center is one of 14 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

I am so pleased to tell you about our ATN center’s Autism Friendly Business initiative.

I probably don’t need to tell the readers of this blog about the need for more autism-friendly venues and workplaces in our...

Can gluten/casein-free diet trigger tantrums in someone with autism?

February 5, 2016

Will behavior problems ease off? How do we tell if diet is working? Advice from an expert in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

“Can switching someone with autism to a gluten-free casein-free diet cause behavioral problems – in this case, tantrums – at the beginning? How will we know if it’s helping?”

This week’s “Food for Thought” answer is by pediatric gastroenterologist Timothy Buie. Dr. Buie is the director of gastrointestinal and nutritional services at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism, a member of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN). ...

Insights and guidance on treating autism-related health issues

February 2, 2016

Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P physicians and researchers publish second special supplement in Pediatrics

Autism Speaks ATN/AIR-P physicians and researchers publish second special supplement in Pediatrics

By Audrey Wolfe, of Boston’s MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Wolfe is the clinical research coordinator for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network’s federally funded work as the Autism Intervention Research Network for Physical Health.

This week, the journal Pediatrics published a special supplement on the health and medical treatment of children and teens with autism or other developmental disorders. This is the second Pediatrics autism supplement produced by the...

Your ATN@Work: Creating a sensory-friendly dental office

January 26, 2016

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a model “sensory smart” dentist office to ease visits for kids with autism

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a model “sensory smart” dentist office to ease visits for kids with autism

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of 14 centers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. The following article first appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of The Developing Mind, the newsletter of CHLA’s Boone Fetter Clinic for Autism and Other Developmental and Behavioral Disorders. 

For a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), visiting the dentist can be an ordeal. The bright lights, loud noises, tastes and smells of oral care products, being touched by people...

Advice on helping grade schooler with autism hold a pencil and write

January 22, 2016

Pre-writing skills may be the key for helping this 8-year-old move beyond mere scribbling

I have an 8-year-old son who has autism. He is doing well in a regular classroom in terms of developing speech and playing more with other children. The problem now is that he can’t write but only grips the pen to scribble. What can I do to help my son hold a pen properly and write?

Today’s “Got Questions” response is by occupational therapist Desiree Gapultos, who practices within the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Editor’s note: The following information is not meant to...

Expanding community training to address autism-related sleep issues

January 19, 2016

This Autism Speaks ATN center is developing a model program for training therapists to help families with autism-related sleep problems

This Autism Speaks ATN center is developing a model program for training therapists to help families with autism-related sleep problems 

By Bethany Drury, ATN research coordinator at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt is one of 14 centers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

As many readers of this column know firsthand, sleep problems are common among children with autism. These issues can include trouble falling asleep, waking up during the night and...

Why has this grade schooler with autism started whispering?

January 15, 2016

Parents seek advice for helping minimally verbal 11-year-old who now refuses to speak above a whisper

“Our 11 year old son is a minimally verbal boy on the autism spectrum. He can say a few words including ‘papa’ and ‘mama.’ But in the last year, he suddenly started only whispering or mouthing these words. I can see his lips move. But very seldom can we get him to speak loud enough for people to hear. Otherwise, he seems to be developing quite well. Why is this happening? Can anybody help?”

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...

ATN@Work: Brewing up hope for adults with autism

January 12, 2016

The coffee culture in North America is about to get bolder and more inclusive with new set of baristas.

"Made by Mavericks," is a barista training program for individuals with developmental disabilities being run at the flagship Coffee Shed store operating inside Surrey Place Centre (an ATN site in Toronto).  It’s a new program created by Gerald Fantone, one of 7 Job Coaches who work for a unique charitable service organization called Common Ground Co-operative (CGC). Since 2000, CGC has been creating social enterprise opportunities for some unique and very talented people.  The organization provides job coaches and administrative support to 5...

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