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Your ATN@Work: An Autism-Friendly Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

December 23, 2014

Our ATN center in Nashville collaborates with another partner in its quest to make the city a global example of an autism-inclusive community

Our ATN center in Nashville collaborates with another partner in its quest to make the city a global example of an autism-inclusive community

By pediatric behavior analyst Lauren Weaver, coordinator of organizational outreach at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD). Vanderbilt TRIAD is one of 14 centers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

Our team at TRIAD has been working to create a dynamic network of arts, recreation and educational partners united in the goal of making Nashville a welcoming place for individuals with autism and their families. We work with these wonderful...

Autism Speaks' Food for Thought – The Most-Read Advice of 2014

December 19, 2014

Launched in January, our website’s newest advice column drew an enthusiastic readership; here are the year’s most-popular posts

In January 2014, Autism Speaks published the ATN/AIR-P tool kit Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide. We were awed by the response from our community. Your emails expressed not just appreciation, but also a wealth of personal stories alongside pleas for further guidance. The result was a new Autism Speaks advice column: Food for Thought.

Over the last 12 months, the column has featured guidance from leading autism specialists on a broad array of autism-related eating and food issues. Many of our featured experts work in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN). Others are pursuing...

Your ATN@Work: Increasing Autism Expertise among Primary Care Doctors

December 16, 2014

This ATN center in Missouri is developing a teleconferencing program to help general practitioners care for children with autism

This ATN center in Missouri is developing a teleconferencing program to help general practitioners care for children with autism

By pediatrician Kristin Sohl, medical director of the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, in Columbia, Missouri. The Thompson Center is one of 14 sites in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

“It takes a village” is a phrase often used when discussing how we raise our children. I find it particularly apt when it comes to providing medical care for children with autism. Unfortunately, our “village” needs to expand.

The period from birth to 5 years old is...

Your ATN@Work: ‘Families First’ Guides Parents after Autism Diagnosis

December 9, 2014

The Autism Speaks ATN at Kennedy-Vanderbilt has created a model for helping parents and children waiting for autism services

The Autism Speaks ATN at Kennedy-Vanderbilt has created a model for helping parents and children waiting for autism services

By clinical psychologist Whitney Loring, Families First Program Coordinator at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), in Nashville. The institute is one of 14 centers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

 

If you’re a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you’ve experienced the whirlwind that occurs when your child receives a diagnosis. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate the abrupt shifting of goals for your...

The ATN@Work in Toronto: Adapting Sleep Research to Meet a Teen’s Need

December 2, 2014

This Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network site is putting sleep research into practice within a family-centered approach to care

This Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network site is putting sleep research into practice within a family-centered approach to care

 

By Salina Eldon, Toronto site coordinator for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (left). With Ms. Eldon is Cathy Petta, a sleep specialist at Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The Toronto Autism Treatment Network (ATN) site is a collaboration between Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Sick Kids Hospital and Surrey Place Centre (a social service agency).

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Your ATN@Work in Saint Louis: Autism and Dog Therapy

November 25, 2014

This unique dog-therapy program is helping children with autism handle stress, develop social skills, even do their homework!

This unique dog-therapy program is helping children with autism handle stress, develop social skills, even do their homework!

By developmental pediatrician Rolanda Maxim, medical director of the Knights of Columbus Child Development Center at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The center is one of 14 Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Centers across the U.S. and Canada.

A few years ago I had a “eureka” moment. I was watching my dog and realized what an excellent companion he was. He gave me unconditional love, made me happy and relaxed, and he was always ready to play with me. When I was walking him in the park, he became a magnet for children and neighbors. My circle of friends increased every day.

That...

Your ATN@Work: Fostering Parent Resiliency

November 18, 2014

ATN clinicians in Missouri are developing and evaluating a program that empowers parents who have a child newly diagnosed with autism

ATN clinicians in Missouri are developing and evaluating a program that empowers parents who have a child newly diagnosed with autism

Posted by psychologist Debra Zand, of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and the Knights of Columbus Child Development Center. Dr. Zand conducts diagnostic assessments for autism and does research on fostering resilience among parents of children newly diagnosed with autism.

Saint Louis University and the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center are part of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

Dr. Zand is also a parent of a child...

Your ATN@Work: Helping Families Navigate Autism Healthcare

November 11, 2014

Autism Speaks encourages all its ATN centers to provide families with “care navigators” who can support families from diagnosis through treatment

Autism Speaks asks each of its Autism Treatment Centers to develop its own “Family Navigator” program. As the term implies, the goal is to help families navigate the complexities of autism healthcare as well as related behavioral and educational services. As part of this program, each site has one or more specially trained care navigators.

The care navigator is trained to support families and help them access and coordinate healthcare and behavioral support services. ATN care navigators can be social workers, therapists, nurses or even parents of children with autism. Their roles can include:

* Educating newly diagnosed families, often with the help of the “Autism Speaks 100 Day...

Special Ed Teacher Seeks Advice: Child with Autism Bolts into Traffic

November 7, 2014

With few autism services in this rural community, teacher wants to help mom at wits end; advice from experts in the Autism Speaks ATN

I’m a special education teacher in a rural community with few autism services. I’m trying to help a parent of a 3-year-old boy who has autism. She needs help teaching her son not to run blindly into the street with no thought of danger. She’s tried discipline including swatting. But the message of “danger” doesn’t seem to get through. How can I help this mom and her boy?

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by developmental pediatrician Amanda Bennett and behavior analyst Megan Carolan Tomkinson. Dr. Bennett is the director of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) site at Children...

Your ATN@Work in Philadelphia: Sharing an Autism Roadmap for Families

November 4, 2014

Autism specialists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are using a sophisticated online tool to connect families with local resources

Autism specialists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are using a sophisticated online tool to connect families with local resources   

By developmental-behavioral pediatrician Amanda Bennett. Dr. Bennett directs the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network site at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She also serves as a clinical consultant for the hospital’s Center for Autism Research.

As an autism specialist and the site director for the ATN in Philadelphia, I’d like to tell you about a wonderful online tool developed by our hospital’s Center for Autism Research (CAR)....

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