Effective treatments and interventions
Autism Treatment Network: Cooperative multi-center registry for comprehensive care and treatment of autism
The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) registry is a study that collects medical information on children diagnosed with an ASD. The purpose of the Registry is to collect and analyze medical information to better understand the medical conditions that often occur with an Autism Spectrum Disorders. The ATN is focusing on two conditions that often occur with Autism: sleeping problems and gastrointestinal disorders. The registry is used by both doctors and researchers to improve medical treatment individuals with an ASD.
- Children between the age of 2 and 17 diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
- Time required: 10-15 hours
- Location: Thompson Center, University of Missouri
- Monetary compensation: No
- Contact person: Krista Hughes, HughesKL@health.missouri.edu
- Research study directors: Kristin Sohl, MD and David Beversdorf, MD
Social Competence Study
The Social Competence Program is designed to learn more about important social skills and abilities among youth with ASD. Participation involves an initial one-on-one assessment of skills (such as facial expression recognition, social problem solving and perspective taking) and then a follow-up assessment approximately 14 weeks later. We will use this information to help us design and modify effective social skills interventions for youth with ASD. At the conclusion of participation, we will offer families a report of their child’s strengths and challenges and a series of recommendations they can use at home to improve their child’s social interactions.
Additionally, by participating in this program, children are eligible to participate in a related study about children’s brain function. By choosing both studies, we can learn more about how the brain is related to social skills and interaction.
- Age 11-14
- diagnosis of an ASD (particularly Aspergers or PDD-NOS)
- average cognitive ability
- identified social skills difficulty
- Time required: about 90 minutes for each assessment visit (up to 7 hours if you also choose the additional study)
- Location: University of Missouri
- Monetary compensation: $50 for each assessment visit (up to $150 per visit if you also choose the additional study)
- Contact person: Melissa Herzog, PhD, 573-884-5288,firstname.lastname@example.org
- Research study directors: Janine Stichter, PhD; Shawn Christ, PhD
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