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May 2013 


In This Issue
Autism Blog Survey
Online Continuing Education for Healthcare Providers and Non-Medical Professionals
Think Tank Presentations Now Online
Join Our Mailing List


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Meeting the Needs of Siblings, Part 2   

Jeanna Martinez, CCLS  

In part 2 of this series we will discuss strategies for families on how to help support healthy sibling relationships and open communication with all family members.  It will include feedback from the SibConnections group at The Johnson Center.




The Autism-Environment Connection  
Suruchi Chandra, MD
According to the latest CDC report, 1 out of every 50 school-age children now has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is mounting evidence that environmental influences are playing a role in the increase in ASD.





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Tell Us What You Think: What's Your Favorite Autism Blog?
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Join the ARI Support Online ListServ 

ARI offers an all-purpose listserv, ARISupport, to more than 1,500 members. It's a free online support group for those interested in treating autism spectrum disorders. Members post questions to the list, and other members respond.  You can choose to get individual emails when you sign up, or you can select "daily digest" and get a handful of list posts all at once, in one email. 

If you don't want to receive any email at all, you can choose to read posts only on the group website.

Last Month's Think Tank Recordings Now Online

Spring 2013 ARI Think Tank Videos are now online
Last month, we held our annual Think Tank in Baltimore, convening top experts to discuss the latest findings for safe, effective treatments for Autism. Tune in for free on our YouTube Channel to watch updated information for free.
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From the Director


Last month was a crowded one for ARI. We sponsored two discussion panels at the United Nations and organized a three-day think tank in Baltimore comprising researchers and experienced clinicians. In addition, I visited eastern Europe for one-and-a-half weeks, where I co-chaired a three-day autism conference in Moscow, with more than 500 people in attendance. The conference included speakers from around the world. I met with many families, and visited autism centers in Moscow and Odessa. I hope that ARI opened the door to better understanding and to awareness of more up-to-date services for those on the autism spectrum.


Our webinars are in full-swing, and the feedback from participants has been very positive. If you have not yet attended a webinar online, try it. You'll be surprised at how easy and informative they are.


We are excited about our upcoming conference at UC Davis, co-sponsored with the MIND Institute and Autism Speaks, on June 1. There is no charge to attend the conference. See more details below.


Our thoughts are with the people of Moore, Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City area today in the wake of this week's tragedy.   


Steve Edelson, Ph.D., Executive Director

Autism Research Institute  

SPECIAL EVENT: Join Us in Person or Online June 1 for this Half-Day Symposium  
On Saturday, June 1, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host an update for parents and health-care professionals on research exploring the growing body of evidence suggesting associations between environmental mechanisms, immunological susceptibility, and autism. 


"Immunological Factors, Genes, and the Environment in Autism," will be held in the MIND Institute auditorium at 2825 50th St., Sacramento. Physicians, other health-care professionals, and parents are invited to attend in person or view the presentations via webcast. The event is a collaboration of ARI, the MIND Institute, and Autism Speaks.   


Following the presentations the researchers will offer a live roundtable discussion, including a question-and-answer session for audience members. Free online pre-registration is required for in-person and online attendees.


caduceus Continuing medical education (CME) for medical professionals and general Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for non-medical professionals for a processing fee.  


Presentations will be videotaped and uploaded for public viewing at a later date. 


Prenatal Webinar Series Offers Latest Updates from Preconception through Infant Feeding

This seven-part webinar series presented by ARI's Nutrition Director Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CNS includes information on achieving ideal body weight and bolstering nutritional status in preparation for pregnancy, an overview of fertility support, and building healthy lifestyle habits. Trimester-based wellness webinars will include nutrient needs, how to build healthy dietary habits, recommendations on foods to eat and foods to avoid, and tips on dealing with fatigue, morning sickness, reflux, anemia, and pre-eclampsia, as well as other health concerns. The series is offered in collaboration with the Johnson Center for Child Health and Human Development. Online lectures occur monthly from June 24th through December 9th.

Healthy vegan and vegetarian pregnancies are also discussed. Meal plans and recipes for success are included. Our postpartum class addresses the new mother's physical and emotional needs through nutrition. This includes: diet choices for successful lactation, nursing support and resources, assessing and combating postpartum depression, nutritional requirements for breastfeeding, evaluating formulas and formula options, and more.


caduceus Continuing medical education (CME) for medical professionals and general Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for non-medical professionals for a processing fee.  


Presentations will be videotaped and uploaded for viewing at a later date. 


On a Personal Note...

Dr. Steve Edelson, Dr. Bernard Rimland, and
Micaela Edelson circa 1998. Micaela graduates from high school this month and all of us at ARI send her our congratulations.

Nutritional Supplement Use for Autistic Spectrum Disorder
by Jon Pangborn, PhD, CCN
Our Price: $25.00
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Dr. Jon Pangborn, a biochemist and a certified clinical nutritionist (and a longtime friend of ARI), has written a book describing the many supplements that might be useful for people with ASD--and he has graciously donated all proceeds from the book to ARI.

What experts are saying:


Sidney MacDonald Baker, M.D.

"Jon Pangborn, PhD took hold of questions - and then answers -about biomedical options for individuals caught in the autism epidemic three decades ago. He grasped the subject with a biochemist's brain, a parent's heart, a determined hand, and the steady, literate help of his wife Chris. In your hand this book is a treasure of common sense and empowering clarification."  



Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.

"Science has found many mechanisms whereby nutritional supplementation for autism spectrum and the health consequences of environmental insults can make a meaningful difference for people in need, and Dr. Pangborn has made a unique and valuable contribution by converting his decades of rich knowledge and chemical expertise into practical advice that empowers the reader to make informed, thoughtful choices."   


Jill James, Ph.D.

"Dr. Pangborn has focused his wealth of personal experience and knowledge into a step-by-step 'how to' and 'how much' program for managing nutritional supplementation in the context of other environmental exposures. Parents will find this an invaluable resource for optimizing metabolic health in ASD."

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