Autism Think Tank

The Autism Think Tank, NJ, brings together a multi-specialty team of world renowned doctors to review medically complex cases of autism. After a review of the patient’s medical records, six Think Tank experts collaborate in a videoconference with the individual’s family and their own local physician. Together they discuss the medical history, current concerns, and unresolved medical complications. Through this collaboration, a cohesive plan of care is developed, considering all subspecialties, and provided to the family and physician for implementation by their own local specialists.

Medical Complications

Symptoms of autism are frequently exacerbated when clinical symptoms are not properly diagnosed and treated.  If left untreated, unrecognized medical conditions can present as aggressive or self-injurious behaviors and often lead to psychiatric hospitalization, emergency room visits, unnecessary pharmaceutical treatment, and ineffective behavioral interventions. These difficult to diagnose conditions can include:

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Polypharmacy
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Food Allergies
  • Asthma/Eczema
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Pain of Unknown Origin

Symptoms may worsen or change while waiting to be seen by local specialists. The lack of collaboration between specialists can be even more troublesome, leading to confusion for parents tasked with making important medical decisions for their children. Approaching autism with a multi-specialty team of experts reduces the amount of time and money spent on isolated plans of care developed by individual specialists. Through comprehensive case management, The Autism Think Tank aims to reduce the risk of conflicting plans of care.

The Autism Think Tank, NJ, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which subsidizes the cost of the Think Tank for all families. Additional grants may be available for eligible families based on financial need.

Autism Think Tank videoconferencing is available for families and their physicians around the globe. To have an individual presented to the Autism Think Tank, parents and physicians may contact us to obtain the necessary paperwork in order to begin the intake process.

For more information please contact:

Sheri A. Marino, MA, CCC-SLP
Executive Director
sheri@autismthinktanknj.org