Resources

We just began a large new study on
Autism, ADHD, Anxiety & Depression in 12-17 year-olds.
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The Center for Autism Research's commitment to help families living with autism extends beyond the walls of our center. Our goal is for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to be included, active participants in their communities. CAR and its researchers and staff are involved in many different projects throughout our region. We recognize that, in addition to basic research in the causes and characteristics of ASD, we need to conduct other kinds of research, provide training and support to families and community-based professionals, raise awareness about ASD across the region, and develop partnerships with other agencies, if we are to impact policy changes that will improve the lives of individuals with ASD.

CAR Autism Roadmap

The CAR Autism Roadmap™ is a website that provides families and providers with resources and information about ASD.

  • Learn about autism spectrum disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact on families and individuals.
  • Get the latest information on treatments and therapies and how to get services.
  • Connect with resources for children, youth and adults.

Workshops and Trainings

CAR offers a variety of parent workshops and professional development trainings.

 

For families and professionals, CAR offers:

  • Our Next Steps workshop series for parents and professionals are offered 8 times per year, in person and via web conference, with content tailored to key milestones from early childhood through adulthood.

For professionals:

  • ADOS training opportunities for clinical professionals wishing to become certified diagnosticians.
  • ECHO Autism at CHOP offers free, regular teleconsulting to clinicians from anywhere in the country (or world). Join this virtual learning network to receive regular, convenient access to autism and behavioral experts at CHOP to support families in your home practice or agency.

Clinical Resources

For families seeking an appointment:
Families seeking an appointment with an autism specialist can do so through CHOP’s Autism Integrated Care Program, which offers coordinated care for patients with ASD from specialists in the following divisions:

Social Work Support:
If you need guidance about CHOP or community resources for a child or young adult on the autism spectrum, please contact Susannah Horner, LCSW at horners@email.chop.edu or 267-426-4910.

 

Clinical Tools for Autism Professionals:
PROMIS Autism Battery - Lifespan - Autism support professionals can use this new, NIH-validated tool to assess and monitor Quality of Life for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

CAR's Outreach Team is a critical part of our goal to support families. Whether you're trying to find IEP resources for your school-aged child, find research for your adolescent to participate in, or want to take the entire family to an ASD-friendly event, the Outreach Team will be able to connect you to the resources you need.

Susannah Horner, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Susannah Horner, LCSW

Susannah Horner, LCSW is the Clinic Social Worker for the Center for Autism Research.  She provides supports for the clinicians and families that are involved with the center, manages the CAR Autism Roadmap™ resource website, and is available to provide information and resources to families.

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Ayana King Pointer
Administrative Liaison
Ayana King Pointer

Ayana has enjoyed working at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for many years. Ayana provides high-level administrative support to our Center's Scientific Director, Training Director and Administrative Director. 

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Alison Pomykacz
Clinical Research Project Manager and Psychometrician
Alison Pomykacz

Alison Pomykacz is a Certified School Psychologist, and a Clinical Research Project Manager and Psychometrician at the Center for Autism Research. 

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Jennifer Swope
Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist
Jennifer Swope

Jennifer Swope is the Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist at the Center for Autism Research. She works with investigators and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that research being conducted at CAR is done in accordance with local and federal regulations and policies in order to protect human subjects.

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