The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) serves as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The AIR-P builds on the goals of the ATN working together to further the evidence and clinical guidance regarding the diagnosis and treatment of ASD-related conditions.

The AIR-P uses the infrastructure of 12 ATN centers to carry out its activities around 4 key areas:

  • Clinical research projects on evidence-based practices for interventions
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Develop evidence-based guidelines for clinical care
  • Training and dissemination of tool kit resources, research findings, and clinical consensus guidelines to pediatricians, primary care providers, specialty physicians and families.

For many parents of children with autism, finding high-quality medical care can be a struggle. The story is familiar: few physicians with training in autism spectrum disorders; few medical facilities capable of treating patients with autism; a shortage of specialists in gastroenterology or sleep disorders who also understand autism; lack of agreement among doctors on appropriate medical treatments for autism spectrum disorders and the list goes on. That is why the ATN/AIR-P exists, to offer families ongoing care from doctors highly experienced in treating autism and associated disorders and who also collaborate in teams on clinical research projects that address common questions on ASDs and associated disorders. By leveraging the resources available from the ATN, the AIR-P is committed to developing standards and guidelines for evaluating and treating physical conditions associated with autism, and to sharing these standards with a wide variety of other clinical programs and professionals. The ATN/AIR-P centers are committed to providing the highest standard of care to all of their patients and their families and to sharing the network’s latest research findings and best practices.