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Mitzi Waltz,
Autistic Spectrum Disorders:

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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Research and Testing Facilities

The following excerpt is taken from Appendix C of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help by Mitzi Waltz, copyright 2002 by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. For book orders/information, call 1-800-998-9938. Permission is granted to print and distribute this excerpt for noncommercial use as long as the above source is included. The information in this article is meant to educate and should not be used as an alternative for professional medical care.

The establishments and practitioners in this list have been compiled from a variety of sources, including parent recommendations, ASD support groups, and official government documents on health care. We do not imply endorsement of their medical or therapeutic approaches by including them here.

Autism research

These facilities and organizations conduct or fund research into autistic spectrum disorders. They are generally not sources of ongoing medical care, but their web sites, publications, and staff may inform you about new developments.

There are, of course, many individual physicians and clinics with expertise. A local autism advocacy and support organization is usually the best source of information about where to go for both evaluation and ongoing care. Another good place to start is a nearby university that has a medical school.

Allergy Induced Autism Support and Research Network
8 Hollie Lucas Road, King's Heath
Birmingham B13 0QL
Fax (44) 0-121 444 6450

Autism Autoimmunity Project
45 Iroquois Avenue
Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
Contact: Ray Gallup,

Autism Research Centre
Cambridge University
Douglas House
Cambridge CB2 1TN

The Autism Research Foundation (TARF)
P.O. Box 1571, GMF
Boston, MA 02205
(617) 414-5286
Fax (617) 414-7207

Autism Research Institute (ARI)
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Fax (619) 563-6840
ARI publishes a research journal, and has collected data from parents of children with autism for almost 40 years. It tends to have an "alternative medicine" focus, and has been instrumental in founding the Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) doctors' group.

Autism Research Unit
School of Health Sciences
University of Sunderland
Sunderland SR2 7EE
(44) 0 191 510 8922
Fax (44) 0 191 567 0420
The ARU's research focuses on the metabolic aspects of autism. It provides urinary peptide testing for a small fee, and organizes the annual Durham Conference on autism.

Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Neurology
6565 Fannin Street, Suite NB100
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 790-5046
The Blue Bird Clinic has particular expertise in Rett syndrome and epilepsy.

Center for the Study of Autism
P.O. Box 4538
Salem, OR 97302
The Center for the Study of Autism has a special interest in Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT), but also provides information to parents on a variety of topics.

The Cure Autism Now (CAN) Foundation
5225 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 715
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 529-0500 or (888) 8AUTISM

Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!)
c/o Autism Research Institute
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Fax (619) 563-6840

International Molecular Genetic Study of Autism Consortium

M.I.N.D. Institute Clinic
U.C. Davis Medical Center
4860 Y Street, Room 3020
Sacramento, CA 95817
(888) 883-0961
The M.I.N.D. Institute carries out research into a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and Tourette's syndrome. It provides diagnostic and treatment services on a limited basis.

National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
99 Wall Street, Research Park
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 430-9160 or (888) 777-NAAR
Fax (609) 430-9163
NAAR raises and disburses funds for autism reseach.

The Seaver Autism Research Center
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, Box 1230
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029
(212) 241-2994
Fax (212) 987-4031
The Seaver Center is researching the genetics of autism. Other services may also be available.

Test facilities and programs

As discussed in Autistic Spectrum Disorders by Mitzi Waltz (Chapter 5, "Medical Interventions," and Chapter 7, "Other Interventions"), some researchers suspect that allergies, food sensitivities, metabolic disorders, Candida yeast overgrowth, viral infection, unusual reactions to immunizations, and other factors may be involved. Ferreting out these causes usually requires obtaining test results on blood, urine, or stool samples. Your physician may be able to do these tests. If not, the facilities listed next, along with the Autism Research Unit listed earlier, can help. Most labs work directly with doctors, not parents or patients.

Make sure you have expert medical help in interpreting test results. The reports you receive may be unintentionally misleading if you don't know what you're looking at. If the results seem inconsistent or strange, you may want to duplicate the tests at another lab. Labs do make mistakes.

It's a good idea to speak to recent clients of a lab you are considering. Labs sometimes change management or test procedures--for better or for worse.

Accu-Chem Laboratories
990 North Bowser Road, Suite 800-880
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 234-5412 or (800) 451-0116
Fax (972) 234-5707
Accu-Chem specializes in testing for toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

Alletess Medical Laboratory
216 Pleasant Street
P.O. Box 343
Rockland, MA 02370
(617) 871-4426 or (800) 225-5404
Alletess does testing for Candida yeast and allergen response (IgE and IgG).

AAL Reference Laboratories Inc.
1715 E. Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 715
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 972-9979 or (800) 522-2611
Fax (714) 543-2034
AAL can do urinary peptide tests for IAG and compounds related to casein and gluten, among many others.

The Great Plains Laboratory Inc.
11813 West 77th
Lenexa, KS 66214
(913) 341-8949
Fax (913) 341-6207
This lab offers a variety of mail-in test kits and lab analyses.

Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory
63 Zillicoa Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(704) 253-0621 or (800) 522-4762
Fax (828) 252-9303
Great Smokies provides mail-in lab analysis for Candida yeast, allergies, and other health issues.

Immuno Laboratories/Better Health USA
1620 Oakland Park Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
(800) 684-2231
This firm provides mail-in test lab analysis for allergies/sensitivities.

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