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Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network expands to 17 sites in North America
Date:1/19/2011

The Toronto ATN is comprised of three tertiary level centers and an established community-based service system known as the Toronto Autism Consortium led by Bloorview Kids Rehab. The centers exist within a coordinated infrastructure that serves a large ethnically-diverse population base through a publicly funded health care system. The autism network is thus part of a well-established larger network of general Pediatricians (more than 130) in addition to Developmental Pediatricians (25) and community-based developmental teams, all working in concert with a range of autism treatment supports and advocacy agencies in the region. The majority of autism diagnostic assessments for children in Toronto, (population 2.5 million) are provided by the developmental network. A full range of tertiary and quaternary medical subspecialists are easily accessible through the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. The ATN Child Development teams also work in collaboration with community agencies in the provision of services for children and adults with ASD and their families. The majority of subspecialist care for families enrolled in the ATN occurs at SickKids. Care is provided through subspecialty clinics within the hospital including, Neurology, Sleep, Metabolics, Genetics, Gynecology, Gastroenterology, Immunology, Endocrinology, and Pain. The Toronto site provides leadership for several HRSA-funded AIR-P projects including toilet training, creatine defiency in children with ASD and a study of regression in toddlers with ASD. They will also be participating in phase two of the AIR-P sleep intervention study.

Kennedy Krieger Institute ,Baltimore, Md.
PI: Rebecca Landa, Ph.D.

Kennedy Krieger Institute offers a multidisciplinary approach to serving the variety of needs experienced by children with developmental disabilities and was one of the nation's first University Affiliated Programs (UAP). The CARD was opened in 1995 to develop and implement e
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