The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is a network of treatment and research centers across North America dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The ATN includes a large network of Clinical Care Centers offering comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. The goal of the ATN is to improve medical treatment of children and adolescents with ASD by establishing standards of clinical care based on research and shared clinical practice. Many children with ASD present with comorbid medical conditions which when treated can significantly improve their quality of life.
The ATN is dedicated to establishing these standards of care for autism in the medical community through open research collaboration, trainee mentorship, medical education and participation in conferences.
- The ATN consists of active clinical programs – groups actively seeing patients and providing ongoing care to children and families.
- ATN clinicians have a history and willingness to share current best practices with a wide variety of other clinical programs.
- ATN leaders and members have a real commitment to treatment. This commitment is based on strong clinical experience and trying to find better ways to identify and manage the health conditions of children with autism.
- The ATN has developed a common protocol for multidisciplinary assessment of children with autism with common domains and measures.
- Two areas of focus for the ATN are Research and Quality Improvement primarily in health related outcomes, but also looking at service systems as a whole including behavioural interventions and education.
- The ATN is funded by Autism Speaks-a parent driven organization that raises money for research.
- Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is the lead site of the ATN in Toronto. Other sites in Toronto include SickKids Hospital and Surrey Place Centre.
2015-2016 Annual Report