In 2002, a group of parents and relatives of children with autism, disappointed by the lack of adequate support and help for their children, came together to start a charity Autism Treatment Trust (ATT), to serve as a voice and bring attention to healthcare professionals of the need for help and support in bringing up a child diagnosed with autism.
In 2006, a clinic was set up in Edinburgh to provide a diagnostic service, and access to biomedical, nutritional, and behavioural interventions to tackle the various medical and behavioural issues observed in children with autism. It has always been believed that the earlier an intervention is started the better the chance of alleviating some, if not most of the problems seen in these children.
In 2013, Dr Lorene Amet, Principal Scientist at ATT started a new clinic called Autism Treatment Plus (AT+) which has continued to provide services to children with autism.
For over 15 years, with the help of a dedicated team of scientists, medical doctors, behaviourists, and a large number of volunteers, AT+ has provided access to diagnostic services, and dietary, nutritional and behavioural advice and support to over 1000 families in the UK and from overseas.
AT+ has organised a number of public events, including workshops, training of professionals in the use of diagnostic tools (ADOS and ADI-R), and a number of international conferences. AT+ also sought to bring the realities of the condition and the possible courses of intervention to the attention of healthcare professionals and public policy makers with mixed results.
Our approach to Autism, that it is not wholly or mainly genetic in origin and as such can be treated, has moved some distance from the periphery of scientific thought and although it is not yet accepted by the mainstream there is far greater awareness of this view and evidence that demands it to be taken seriously.