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July 2013 


In This Issue
Launch Your Puzzle Piece Campaign
New Online Course Offers Best Practices for Supporting Adults PLUS: Prenatal Webinar Series Continues
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Order a Free Kit Now to Support Research That Makes a Difference 

Launch your Puzzle Piece campaign today to promote autism awareness in your community & support ARI.  It's so easy: we send you a free kit with everything you need - you simply pass it around the office, take it to local stores, or sell pieces at meetings and events.
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ARI offers an all-purpose listserv, ARISupport, to more than 1,600 members. It's a free online support group for those interested in treating autism spectrum disorders. If you don't want to receive any email at all, you can choose to read posts only on the group website.
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Parents Urged to Register Their Children 

ARI is working closely with scientists and clinicians throughout the country in an effort to find effective treatments for this devastating disorder. In an effort to increase research, ARI has entered into a partnership with the Brain and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders at the University of Maryland in contract to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to support tissue donations. Donated tissue may provide key information necessary to help the thousands of children who suffer with this devastating disorder.  


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Nutritional Supplement Use for Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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About the author: Dr. Jon Pangborn, a biochemist and  certified clinical nutritionist (and a longtime friend of ARI), has written a book describing supplements that might be useful for people with ASD--and he has graciously donated proceeds from the book to ARI.
From the Director


We hope your summer is going well. If you're planning to visit the San Diego area, you're welcome to stop by our office to say "hello." It's best to call first to give us your ETA: 619.281.7165.


Earlier this month the Autism Research Institute's adult program, the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), sponsored a booth at the Autism Society conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Staff members very much enjoyed meeting with people and letting them know about AGI's programs and initiatives. One of their recent projects is the daily living curriculum (see below).


As most of you know, sleep problems are quite common in autism. The next issue of the Autism Research Review International (ARRI), ARI's hardcopy science newsletter, will feature three therapeutic approaches aimed at treating sleep problems, including articles written by Sidney Baker, MD (medical), Mitchell Taubman, PhD (behavioral), and Lorna Jean King, OTR, FAOTA (sensory). Given the importance of this topic, we will also post these articles on ARI's website later this month. Please consider subscribing to the ARRI. For $20 ($24 outside the US), you will receive four issues in the mail that will provide an overview of recently published autism research in language non-scientists can understand. (Your subscription will help support ARI's programs and initiatives.)
Learn more and subscribe: visit the ARRI Archive and Subscription page 


A little trivia: this year, 2013, marks the 70th anniversary of Leo Kanner's paper (1943) in which autism was described for the first time in the scientific literature. Furthermore, next year will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. Bernard Rimland's seminal book,Infantile Autism (1964), in which he debunked Bettleheim's careless parent-blaming theory, and proposed a physiological cause of autism.


Stephen Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Autism Research Institute 


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Starting Monday, August 12, the Autistic Global Initiative and the Houlton Institute will launch a new online course emphasizing foundational knowledge and competencies needed to support adults with autism in daily living settings. Participants will learn to develop an individualized portfolio of evidence-based supports and strategies for people with autism or related disabilities. The course is designed for families, support providers, and anyone in a support role.

The AGI Residential/Daily Living Course will be held exclusively online. The new curriculum, replete with tools you can implement immediately, was developed by the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), a division of the Autism Research Institute that builds new solutions for the growing number of adults with autism. Funded by a grant from Autism Speaks, the course is designed for parents and direct support providers; it allows them to work at their own pace, yet participate with fellow learners in a learning environment that is led by a professor. Topics include: supporting regulation and communication for adults with autism, identifying and implementing training needs, supporting safety, health and wellness, self-care strategies, and much more. The course includes the latest research and best practices gathered from leading organizations.


Houlton faculty includes recipients of distinguished awards from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New York Academy of Science, and National Academies of Sciences, among others. The program faculty are highly experienced practitioners and scholars who have garnered prestigious book awards and research fellowships. View faculty list 


Cost of the program: $300 (12 modules)

There are also a limited number of scholarships available for those who qualify.  


Have questions? Email

or call 1855HOULTON to learn about enrollment.   


Continuing Ed Options - Prenatal Webinar Series    


This webinar series presented by ARI's Nutrition Director Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN, covers 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, building 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. 

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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. REGISTER NOW 


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



Have you visited ARI's new Web Learning Hub Yet? Check out the latest offerings for parents and professionals
Last month we launched an exciting new educational gateway - our new webinar hub - offering free live and archived learning events. The click-and-go interface includes continuing education options for professionals, and represents our first steps toward our commitment to help more families and serve our community better by focusing on providing online education for parents and professionals alike. We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for their partnership on many of these presentations. 

Join us this month for these great talks:
July 16: Supporting ASD  - Tips for Blood Draws & Medical Procedures  
July 17: Toxins and Autism   
Aug. 1: Nutrition & Autism 
And much more to come

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