WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Do you have a child with autism? Do you know a family who is affected by autism, Asperger's Disorder, or PDD-NOS?
Doctors at Children's National Medical Center are looking for families affected by autism, in the testing of a novel drug that targets the symptoms at its core. It is part of a nationwide program called ConnectMe.
Dr. Adelaide Robb, Principal Investigator for the ConnectMe research program at Children's National Medical Center says, "It is looking at, for the first time, the core symptoms of autism. That means difficulty with social relatedness. How do you play with kids, how do you communicate with other kids?"
Dr. Robb says the medicine may also boost language skills, and cut down on repetitive behaviors and mannerisms that make it hard for children on the autism spectrum to communicate.
The program is for children between the ages of 6 to 12 and may last up to 52 weeks. For families who are interested in the DC area you can call the research study line at Children's (202) 476-6067. For those outside of the metro area check the website for the nearest research site near you. www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Here is the link for the ConnectMe trial.