James M. Perrin
Study Aims and Objectives
To discuss the goals, successes, and future of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) and the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) as they relate to pediatric autism care and research.
The Network is made up of 14 sites across North America, where multidisciplinary teams provide comprehensive care and conduct leading research with the pediatric ASD population and their families. This network of providers and scientists has produced 25 clinical research projects that have led to over 80 published articles and 125 abstracts. Notably, the network offers access to its Registry- a collection of clinical data from over 7,000 children with ASD gathered to promote the advancement of ASD research and diagnosis.
The Future of the Network
The Network hopes to continue involving families and patients with the current work being done by its researchers and physicians. The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Project looks to lessen disparities in access to care by collaborating with primary care providers across the country in a large-scale telehealth initiative. This is one of several ongoing projects aimed at engaging the community and providing tangible resources for overcoming ASD challenges. The network works to share its knowledge and findings with a wide audience by continuing to develop and update best clinical practices and create no-cost toolkits for families to utilize.