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August 2013 


In This Issue
Launch Your Puzzle Piece Campaign
Updated ATEC Now Online
Register for free Webinars: Visit the Online Learning Hub
Editorials: Addressing Sleeplessness in ASD
New Online Course Offers Best Practices for Supporting Adults PLUS: Prenatal Webinar Series Continues
Video Resources for Back to School
Join Our Mailing List
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Nutritional Supplement Use for Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Our Price: $25.00
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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.
puzzle pieces
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.
Learn more

Charity Navigator  
User Updates to the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist 

The Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) was developed to assess the effects of treatment. In addition, parents and professionals have used the ATEC to monitor the general well-being of an individual over time. After the ATEC is completed, subscale scores and a total score are provided immediately. Users can also have the results emailed to them as a pdf file.


Our Executive Director, Steve Edelson has been developing an updated ATEC form with enhanced compatibility across platforms and devices. The updated English version is complete and translations will be finished in the coming weeks.  


Learn more and complete the ATEC online 

Visit ARI's New Online Learning Hub
Earlier this summer 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.

: Starting in September, ARI webinar attendees can receive a Certificate Of Attendance for selected sessions.  These certificates will be provided free to attendees upon completion of a short post webinar quiz.
See Archives & Full Webinar Schedule

We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for their partnership on many of these presentations.
puzzle piece 
Support Research That Makes a Difference
ARI's work relies on charitable contributions from concerned individuals and organizations. We are proud to again receive the 'Four Star Award" by Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. All donations are tax deductible; ARI is a 501(c)(3) organization, Fed ID No. 95-2548452.

From the Director

With school supplies on sale at many department and office supply stores, we know that many of our subscribers are gearing up for the upcoming school year.  Let's all hope it will be a good one for everyone!

We have lots of exciting news to report this month-see below.  I would like to thank ARI's dedicated staff as well as our donors for helping us make a difference in the autism community.

As everyone knows, the need in the autism community is great, and we at ARI are truly committed to improving the quality of life for people of all ages on the autism spectrum.  We are proud that we can support families and professionals with relevant and practical information, as well as keep the community up-to-date with the latest research. We do this through several e-newsletters, a hardcopy quarterly science newsletter, three Yahoo discussion groups, two or three webinars per month, a toll-free resource center (866-366-3361), an informative website (, and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter).  As many of you know, we also conduct our own research and fund research projects worldwide.  ARI also organizes think tanks with researchers and experienced physicians as well as networking with researchers,  physicians, and parents within the U.S. and throughout the world.  And we are extremely proud of our new adult program, the Autistic Global Initiative.   

To avoid any and all conflict of interest, we do not accept any sponsorship or advertisements for any services or products.  In addition, we do not accept donations from pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and the government.  ARI relies on the generosity of its donors, who are mostly parents.  Please help us help others. 


Stephen Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Autism Research Institute 

NEW EDITORIALS: Top Experts Offer Tips on Helping Individuals Suffering with Sleeplessness
Video Presentation: "Help Us Get Some Sleep" presented by Daniel Rossignol, M.D. and Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Findings vary among studies, but it is generally agreed that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families experience more sleep problems than most, with estimates of significant sleep disturbance reported in 40-80% of the population. Insufficient sleep can lead to chronic sleep deprivation for both the person with autism and their caregivers, increasing stress and decreasing daily function.



Sidney M. Baker, M.D.  

baker"The individuality of every living thing is a fundamental scientific fact. The individual, not the disease, is the target of healing. Parents, therapists, and physicians aim to fill each child's unmet needs to avoid bad and get good things. Intuition, common sense, brief trials, lab tests, and every detail of each person's story help tailor the steps that favor Nature's buoyant impulse toward growth and healing. The bad things are toxins and allergens. The good things are nutrients, accessory nutritional factors, light, love, and rhythmic integration."


Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D.
"From the perspective of Applied Behavior Analysis, several factors may contribute to sleep difficulties for children with autism spectrum disorder; typically a comprehensive approach is utilized (Jin, Hanley, & Beaulieu, 2013). In clinical practice, intervention efforts customarily begin with an informal assessment of which sleep problems may be occurring, and what may be contributing to the difficulties."


Lorna Jean King, OTR, FAOTA 

"Children with autism usually have some sleep pattern problems. Some "go till they drop," then sleep very soundly all night, and are difficult to get started in the morning. Others have great difficulty getting to sleep and may wake often, or be very restless, winding themselves up in the covers, or even ending up on the floor." READ MORE


agi course
Starting next 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.

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.

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    

inf nutritionThis 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 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. 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.


Video Resources for Back to School: Evaluations and Quality Programs


Quality ABA in

Leaf, Ph.D.
R Leaf, PhD: Education in Schools


Updates for

Compart, M.D.
Putting it
Together Across


Finer Side of

McEachin, Ph.D.

A Parent's
Guide to

Assessment -
Part 1 

Claire Schutte, 
Webinar: A Parent's Guide To Assessment Part 1, March 5th 2013

A Parent's
Guide to

Assessment -
Part 2

Claire Schutte, 

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