UVA Children’s is one of 20 leading autism care centers joining the national Autism Care Network, created by Autism Speaks – a leading autism research and advocacy group – to deliver the best care to families sooner.
The network’s goal is to better serve patients and their families by more quickly applying the latest research and best practices for autism care. UVA Children’s and other network sites will test treatments and gather data from patient visits, using that information to continually improve care.
Initially, Stevenson said, the network will focus on helping children with autism and their families manage three common symptoms: hyperactivity, irritability and anxiety.
“First and foremost, we will work with other hospitals in the network to create a process that helps our own clinicians focus on these symptoms at each visit,” said Stevenson, who is working closely at UVA with clinical leads Katheryn Frazier, MD, and Elizabeth White, MD, along with site coordinator Jodi Darring.