Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
August 2016 Research News & Updates
Well, the heat is on here in San Diego and, of course in other regions in the U.S. I hope you are enjoying the summer.
We have received much positive feedback about an editorial published in our last e-newsletter and in our latest science newsletter, the Autism Research Review International. The editorial, written by Kelly Barnhill and Dr. Harland Winter, discusses the need for adequate hydration, and how suboptimal water consumption may lead to constipation.
Our popular Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) was recently translated into Polish. We now offer the ATEC, free of charge, in 19 different languages. In addition, the 100,000th ATEC was completed last week on the upgraded form we implemented less than two years ago. Since first publishing the checklist in 1999, more than half a million ATECs have been used to monitor progress in children, teenagers, and adults on the autism spectrum.
ARI was instrumental in the publication of several papers on early identification and intervention that appeared in a supplement issue in Pediatrics. These papers were recently selected by the Dept. of Health and Human Services' Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IAAC) as some of the most important papers published last year in the field. IAAC's report, 2015 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research, can be found online here.

On behalf of the staff at ARI I'd like to join sports fans of all abilities around the world in sending my very best wishes to athletes arriving in Rio this week for a safe, memorable Olympic Games.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Prenatal exposure to acetaminophen may increase ASD & hyperactivity symptoms
A new study has found that paracetamol (acetaminophen), which is used extensively during pregnancy, has a strong association with autism spectrum symptoms in boys and for both genders in relation to attention-related and hyperactivity symptoms.

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Common GI Problems Linked to Gene Mutation that Affects Behavior

A new study suggests that the gastrointestinal problems common in autism may stem from gene mutations that are also linked to the behavioral symptoms of the condition.

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Case Study Compares Gut Microbes in Siblings

In a single-case study, researchers report finding significant differences between the gut microbes of a child with autism and those of the child's neurotypical sibling.

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Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Happening Now at ARI
New School and Clinic Opens in Brazil

Mauro F. Cardoso Lins, M.D. recently opened up a second school and clinic for autism in Brazil. The school officials, with the support of the government, plan to incorporate the ATEC as one of their routine assessments. In addition, Dr. Lins coordinated the Portuguese translations of two webcasts offered by Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education in joint providership with ARI.   

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

Participate in Research
Your Help Needed: An Online Survey to Determine the Effectiveness of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Our friends at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development are undertaking a new questionnaire-based research study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) in children with ASD. If you have implemented the SCD for your child when they were between 2 and 18 years of age, we would greatly appreciate your completion of this anonymous, online questionnaire.

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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

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
Free Webinar: Social Media and ASD
Social Skills, Social Networking, and Adolescents with ASD

Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, Twitter, Facebook, and whatever the next new apps are to come media is a growing and important component of the social lives of adolescents these days. Not only do parents and professionals need to be aware of the science behind the use of technology and the dangers it may present, but an awareness of the social rules and roles of social media are of vital importance to teaching social skills to adolescents with ASD.

Date: 1 p.m. Eastern, Thursday, Aug. 18th
Presenter: Amanda Tami, MA, LPC, BCBA from The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development

We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. 
Stream past webinars for free

Watch and share free online lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics.
Watch past webinars & register for future talks
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  
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.  
Print and share the webcast series flyer
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
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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