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November 2015   


In This Issue
Free Webinar this week with Judy Van de Water, PhD
CME for professionals - print this flyer for complimentary webcast series
Holiday gift idea: 50th Anniversary Edition of "Infantile Autism"
ARI's Scientific Advisory Board
Holiday Planning Tips
Complimentary CME in Joint Providership with Cleveland Clinic
Watch Medical Support Social Story, Videos
Join Our Mailing List
Receive a Certificate of Participation after attending a free online webinar
You can receive a free Certificate of Attendance for select webinars. After the webinar, you simply click a link in your webinar confirmation email and complete a short, online knowledge-verification quiz. A printable certificate will be available immediately upon passing the test.
Free Webinar This Wednesday:
"Immunological Issues in ASD - Gestational Influences," with Dr. Judy Van de Water
Join Judy Van de Water, PhD to learn about gestational influences on neurodevelopment.   
Learn More

Printable Flyer: CME for Medical Professionals

This activity - offered in joint providership by Cleveland Clinic and ARI - provides expert insight about behavioral improvement that can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical and neurological issues associated with ASD are addressed.

Print flyer (.pdf)

Gift Idea:
50th Anniversary Updated Edition of Bernard Rimland's Infantile Autism
With updates from some of the best-known names in the autism field, Bernard Rimland's seminal work on autism theory is now available for a new generation of readers in this anniversary edition of Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Development.

"Dr. Rimland is to be commended for presenting the first evidence that autism was a biological condition. When his book was published, he was a lone visionary."
- from the foreword by Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

ARI has published a quarterly newsletter, the Autism Research Review International (ARRI), since 1987. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting the current developments in biomedical and educational research. 

The latest findings are gleaned from a computer search of the 25,000 scientific and medical articles published every week.  A one-year subscription is $20 (U.S. funds; $24 outside the U.S. - includes shipping). Each issue is sent via first class mail.


Keep up with the latest research updates - subscribe now through ARI's Autism Store on


Visit the ARRI archives to peruse a clickable, alphabetical article index of Autism Research Review International issues 1987 to 2006, Volumes 1 to 20.


Visit the online archives & subscribe  

Inaugural Coleman Autism Lecture Series Now Online
Last month a new series of lectures was introduced at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at University of Gothenburg, Sweden featuring Dr. Mary Coleman. Going forward, the lectures will occur every two years and will focus specifically on autism and related disorders. The recording is available to watch for free online.

Mary Coleman is a pediatric neurologist specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders and currently president of the Foundation for Autism Research, Inc. She was educated at the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University, with neurology training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and ChildrenĀ“s Hospital in Washington, DC. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and 11 books, most of which are on or related to autism. She is one of the great pioneers in the study of the biology of autism. Her book The Autistic Syndromes published almost 40 years ago is a landmark in the history of autism. Dr. Coleman's most recent book, The Autisms, is a popular textbook written in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Gillberg. Learn more


AutismJobs for Job Seekers, Families and Caregivers, Job Coaches and Employers 


Discover the advantages of hiring individuals with autism. Access practical information that helps candidates become "job ready" and helps employers create autism-friendly workplaces. This database is a searchable collection of autism employment resources with a wealth of practical advice. It includes links to a variety of resources including articles, videos, books and more. Guides highlight key steps in the employment process.  We hope you'll find this database helpful in matching job seekers and employers in ways that reward both. Learn more and visit Autism Jobs 

Keep up with the latest research
A cornerstone of our mission at ARI is to stay abreast of the latest scientific research. Keep up-to-date with these two publications: 

Autism Research Review International
The latest findings are gleaned from a computer search of the 25,000 scientific and medical articles published every week. A one-year subscription is $20 (US funds; $24 outside the US). Each issue is sent via first class mail.
Clinical Research in ASD
In collaboration with the
Schafer Autism Report, the Autism Research Institute publishes a free quarterly e-newsletter titled "Clinical Research in Autism." It provides online links to up-to-date clinical research related to patient care, and is for pediatricians, nurses and obstetricians.
ARI SAB: Research that Makes a Difference
ARI's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) provides informed support and direction for our research initiatives. Dr. Stephen M. Edelson leads the group, assembling thought leaders in the medical and scientific community in order to further ARI's ongoing commitment to research that makes a difference.
Learn more

We know you hear from many worthy charities and we hope you'll include ARI on your list.  As part of our commitment to following the science wherever it leads, ARI does not seek or accept sponsorships or donations from special-interest groups, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies or the government. Your donation through our website is safe, secure, and private and helps support research that makes a difference.
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Dear ARI Subscriber,  

With only a handful of weeks left in the year, it is hard to believe that 2016 is right around the corner. The year to come will be marked by the summer Olympics, the U.S. Presidential election, and of course, leap day. Let's hope and pray for a peaceful new year.

The staff at ARI have already begun our end-of-the-year donation drive, and we hope you will consider supporting our efforts. Over the coming weeks, we will share news about many of our accomplishments as well as our plans for next year. You can contribute to ARI on our secure server through our updated mobile-friendly website at

One of our accomplishments: Over the past few years, there has been much research into the co-morbid medical and biomedical symptoms commonly associated with autism. ARI, in joint providership with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, disseminates up-to-date treatment-related information to the medical community by offering online lectures approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit to health care providers.

Note: We will be offering several of these online courses in different languages next year, including Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Furthermore, ARI publishes a bimonthly e-newsletter titled Clinical Research in Autism for physicians, nurses, and obstetricians by directing them to the latest medical and nutritional research relevant to their healthcare practice.

Again, please consider contributing to the Autism Research Institute.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!
Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Research Institute 

Holiday Planning - Resources for Families and Their Loved Ones on the Autism Spectrum 
The holiday season is upon us bringing its joys - and potential challenges - for persons with autism. Disrupted routines, travel, house guests and new foods and experiences abounding, it can be completely overwhelming.

Tips, tricks, recipes and activities are plentiful online - here are handful of useful links:
Have family members who need more information about why your child is on a special diet or want to learn more?
ARI's 'Science Behind GF/CF Brochure'
One of Our Accomplishments This Year - Publishing the Importance of Early Intervention
One of the first established treatments for autism is early intervention using education-centered behavioral therapy. This approach is often termed Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA, and in 1965 Dr. Rimland established the Autism Society of America to inform parents and professionals about its therapeutic impact. 

Unfortunately, medical researchers associated with the U.S. government wrote a report this year that questioned whether there was sufficient research to support early screening for autism. And, of course, without an early diagnosis, fewer children will receive early intervention.

Soon after this document was released, the American Pediatric Association published a report in Pediatrics, authored by well-respected researchers in various fields, that stressed the critical need for early screening and the importance of early intervention. ARI financially supported the writing and publication of this report.

Read more about ARI's involvement in this project and get the link to read the article free online here.


View the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research and Medical Treatment Implications webcast series. Learn how behavioral improvement can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical and neurological issues associated with autism spectrum disorders are addressed.     


Many individuals with autism experience chronic physical discomfort, yet lack the ability to describe their medical problems - particularly in clinical settings. Clinicians who have the ability to identify symptoms and communicate with patients on the autism spectrum can dramatically improve patient care. Participate in the webcast series today!    


Print and share the series flyer 

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

Did You Know ARI Records and Uploads Webinars?  Watch and Share Free Talks by Top Experts 
We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. Upcoming webinars, Past Webinars

Ask the Nutritionist: Live Q&A with Dietitian
Vicki Kobliner, MS, RDN

Implementing Dairy Free SCD for Individuals with Autism 

P. Ferro, RN & R Prasad

Think Twice: Appropriate Medical Support for ASD 

N. O'Hara, M.D.

Behavioral Strategies for Addressing Anxiety

L Moskowicz, Ph.D.

Autism or Autisms? What is the Default Position?
Manuel Casanova, M.D.
Help for Picky Eaters
Kelly Barnhill, CN, CCN, MBA

* Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development

Medical visits can be stressful for anyone. Individuals with autism often face extra challenges during procedures like physical examinations and blood draws due to difficulty communicating about the symptoms they are experiencing and the sensory issues that can occur in the clinical setting. Print and share the video series flyer.   


The fear and anxiety felt during medical procedures by those with autism can also be stressful for caregivers and medical professionals administering treatment. This video series was developed by treatment professionals at the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development.  


Watch and share these brief helpful videos to prepare for medical visits. 


Social Story: Today I Am Having a Blood Draw
Social Story: Today I Am Having a Blood Draw


Caregiver Strategies: Positioning for Comfort
Caregiver Strategies: Positioning for Comfort
Easing Anxiety: Medical Play
Easing Anxiety: Medical Play