|The AS ATN/AIR–P is trying to raise awareness about our clinical and research activities. Our aim is to advance the care of children with ASD by making information available to parents, healthcare professionals and the wider community about the latest tools, strategies, practices, and findings, as they prove effective. Here you will find information on how the AS ATN/AIR-P is increasing knowledge and awareness to address medical conditions in autism through development of tool kits and availability of training opportunities through webinars.
Search through our section of tool kits and webinars to learn more. These can be found on the left side area of this page.
What is a tool kit?
A “Tool Kit” is a set of print or electronic materials that contain educational tools designed to support families and providers of children affected by autism in the management of their care. Tool Kits may also be targeted directly to the children to educate them or support them in the management of their own care. Tool Kits provide information on a focused topic with a specific goal such as supporting a family in making a health related decision for their child with ASD. Examples of the AS ATN/AIR-P tool kits include:
ATN/AIR-P Medication Decision Aid
Many families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are faced with the option of using medicines to help treat their child’s challenging behaviors. This is a tough medical decision and there is no one right answer. Though many children with autism may benefit from medications that ease challenging behaviors, families often struggle with making the decision of whether medication use is right for their child. This is why the Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) created the Medication Decision Aid. It includes a family decision aid and answers to frequently asked questions—all designed to help you clarify your values and goals and then talk with your healthcare provider about the options, benefits, and possible downsides of medications. This tool kit can be used at any point in your decision-making process, including the re-evaluation of medications your child is now taking.
ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to Toilet Training in Autism
Each child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is different. But children with ASD have some common problems that can make toileting training hard for them. Knowing about these problems can help you come up with different ways to meet your child’s needs. This tool kit provides caregivers tips to increase toileting success by teaching toileting skills, providing advice on preparing schedules and routines and promoting visual supports.
ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis
This tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services. ABA is a set of principles that form the basis for many behavioral treatments. ABA is based on the science of learning and behavior. ABA is considered an evidence-based “best” practice treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.
ATN/AIR-P Sleep Tool Kit (Parent Booklet)
Many children with ASD have difficulty with sleep. This can be stressful for children and their families. This informational booklet is designed to provide parents with strategies to improve sleep in their child affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The suggestions in this tool kit are based on both research and clinical experience of sleep experts.
ATN/AIR-P Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder tool kit provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them. The pamphlet provides practical examples of how to begin integrating visual supports into a child’s daily routines. The tool kit provides actual visual supports for parents to print, cut out and use, along with links to resources that provide more detailed information for those who want to go further.
This tool kit is a result of on-going activities of the ATN and was developed with the support of a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to Vanderbilt University.