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Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
July 2016 Research News & Updates
With summer upon us, it is important to remain well hydrated, especially when spending time outside on a hot day. On the topic of water consumption, ARI recently published an editorial on the recommended daily intake of water for children and the possible role water may have with regard to constipation. I would like to thank Kelly Barnhill of the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development in Austin, Texas, and Dr. Harland Winter of the Harvard Medical School/MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston for collaborating on this editorial.
As many of you know, self-injurious behavior is one of the most difficult to understand and manage behaviors commonly associated with autism. ARI was instrumental in the recent publication of a book titled Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism. Two questionnaires were developed to help parents and practitioners determine whether the book may be helpful for their particular situation or practice. View questionnaires

Take a look at the book's table of contents and learn more about the book here.
Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing summer.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Experts praise Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in ASD
"An essential resource"
Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain


"This book is long overdue."   

Laurie Mawlam, Executive Director, Autism Canada


"... a 'must read' book for all practitioners who interact with families affected by autism.  

David G. Amaral, Ph.D., Research Director, The MIND Institute



"Highly recommended for clinicians who care for persons with such behaviors and for researchers interested in learning diverse perspectives on the field."

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD, Clinical Geneticist, Clinical Pathologist Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH


"This immensely valuable book guides us through multiple potential target etiologies of self-injurious behavior for effective treatment. I whole-heartedly recommend it!"

Robert L. Hendren, D.O., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco


Learn More and Buy the Book  
Autism Research News & Updates
Autism, Water, and Constipation
One of the most underestimated and misunderstood (and easiest to remedy, frankly) deficits in our children's (and our own) diets is water and fluid intake.

Read More 
Transcranial magnetic stimulation may improve symptoms in autism spectrum disorder
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may improve symptoms of autism, according to studies conducted by two separate groups of researchers.

Read More 
The research articles above also appear in ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Happening Now at ARI
Special Edition of Upcoming AGI E-Bulletin Will Focus on Seniors with ASD
Watch your inbox later this week for AGI's quarterly e-bulletin with a special issue devoted entirely to topics related to seniors on the autism spectrum. In addition to great articles, this quarter's edition offers opportunities to participate in online learning and research, including:

Adults with ASD: Survey Takers Needed
If you or a person you care for is on the autism spectrum and is 50 years of age or older, we would appreciate it if you could complete the online form.

Learn More and take the survey

Did you know ARI helps produce an online course for supporting adults with autism?
BILT is an instructor-led, self-paced online course that will help people who support those with autism, including families as well as Direct Support Providers in private homes, group residential settings, assisted living, agricultural, and intentional communities. Course participants learn approaches and methods to build independence for living. The next session starts August 15th. Limited scholarships are available here. Questions can be sent to [email protected]

Learn More about BILT

Learn more about the AGI E-Bulletin

Tips for Tackling School Lunches - ARI's Nutrition Coordinator to Present July Webinar

Join ARI's Nutrition Coordinator Kelly Barnhill, CN, CCN, MBA on Wednesday, July 13th for this free presentation on strategies for planning ahead for the challenges of maintaining a nutritious diet throughout the school year. This webinar is offered in partnership with our friends at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development where, Kelly serves as Director of the Nutrition Clinic and Director of Clinical Care.

Learn More and Register for Free   
Treatment Center Opens in Ghana
 A new resource center in Ghana will provide support to children and parents who need information on autism and other intellectual disabilities. Dr. Genevieve Kumapley was instrumental in establishing the autism center, and the Autism Research Institute supported her pioneering efforts.

Learn More
Free Online Continuing Medical Education & Credits for Physicians
Autism & sleep disorders, Temple Grandin on communicating compassionately in medical settings - Watch CME Webcasts

These activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 6.00 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  
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Medical Talks - Translations
Selected Medical Talks now Online in Portuguese and Spanish - Free Certificates of Participation are Provided

As part of our effort to support families and individuals worldwide, we have begun translating the series developed in joint providership with Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Watch and share translations in Spanish and Portuguese
Online Learning for Parents and Caregivers
Free Webinars This Month
Watch and share free lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics. 
  • July 13: School Lunch Planning Tips
  • July 21: Using praise for social/emotional learning
We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. - this month's webinars are presented in partnership with The Johnson Center.

Stream past ARI webinars for free online

Watch and share free lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics. We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year.  

Watch past webinars & register for future talks
Treatment Effectiveness Survey

Researchers at Arizona State University are conducting a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism, including medications, nutritional supplements, diets, therapies, and education. The investigators hope to learn which treatments are most effective for different symptoms (language, anxiety, sleep, GI, etc.).  Survey results will be posted online for families and clinicians, and published in a scientific journal.

Share your experiences - take the survey
April, Autism Awareness Month, is over.  At ARI, advocacy, education, research, and webinars for parents, individuals with autism, and clinicians continues year round.  It's never too late to give!     
Ready to support ARI's research that makes a difference in 2016?

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