Autism research welcomes patients, parents’ input

Children’s Hospital trials get $668,000 grant.

September 04, 2012|By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer

Jonathan Kratchman, a 16-year-old with autism from Cherry Hill, likes participating in medical research studies.

“They explain everything to him,” says his mother, Amy Kratchman. “For once he feels that someone is listening to him. He’s always asking, ‘Mom, when’s the next study?’ ”

Over the next few years, both mother and son will be spending even more time on the front lines of autism research. Amy Kratchman is part of a research team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that recently received a $668,000 federal grant to help doctors understand the treatment outcomes that children and parents really want. Read more