The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is a ground-breaking network of hospitals, physicians, researchers, and families at 17 locations across the United States and Canada. We are working together to develop the most effective approach to medical care for children and adolescents affected by autism.
The ATN’s aim is to provide comprehensive, high-quality care by teams of healthcare professionals who understand autism spectrum disorders and excel at treating associated medical conditions including the sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal problems that can vex children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
Nationwide Children's Hospital is an Autism Treatment Network site – an elite designation in the field of autism treatment and research. As part of the ATN Network, Nationwide Children’s provides comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, care to children with autism and their families. Coordinated subspecialty care such as Sleep, Genetics, Neurology and Gastroenterology as well as Family participation play a vital role in our Family Centered Care approach.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides diagnostic, assessment and Care Coordination at our ATN site, located in Westerville. Our dedicated Care Coordination team supports families in assessing recommendations and designing next steps for children diagnosed with autism. Nationwide Children's practices “Whole Care for the Whole Child".
Many ATN sites use an interdisciplinary approach when evaluating a child for autism. Simply put, an interdisciplinary team is made up of a variety of professionals from different backgrounds who work collaboratively with you and your child.
For example a Developmental Pediatrician, Psychologist, Neurologist, Social Worker and Speech and Language Pathologist will all work together during a child’s assessment simultaneously to provide a comprehensive diagnostic view of the child. This interdisciplinary approach is the preferred method as it will reduce the number of appointments children need to attend while maximizing the expertise by infusing the team with many professional views of the child.
Interdisciplinary teams engage in discussions to ensure the most accurate diagnosis for a child.
Below is a possible list of the many disciplines you may encounter:
- Sleep Medicine
- Gastroenterology Specialist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Behavioral Specialist
- Primary Care Physician
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine Specialist
- Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician