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Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
February 2018 Research News & Updates

Dear ARI subscriber,
The first weeks of 2018 have passed quite quickly for all of us at ARI. We are busy these days evaluating research grant proposals, working on our own research, organizing our near-weekly webinars, and planning for our annual think tank in April. In the midst of it, I traveled to Los Angeles briefly to visit with ARI Scientific Advisory Board Member Dr. Sydney Feingold (pictured below).
Some of our subscribers may be unaware of our daily "Did you Know's" that are posted each weekday on as well as on our Facebook page. In addition, ARI publishes Clinical Research in Autism, a bimonthly e-newsletter aimed at informing obstetricians, pediatricians, and nurses about recent peer-reviewed studies that are relevant to their practice. 
Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful February.  
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Mainstream schooling may lead to low self-esteem, isolation 
While mainstream classrooms can help students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) learn important social, academic, and communication skills, a new report indicates that these benefits may come at a price in the form of reduced self-esteem and increased isolation.
Drug affecting gene linked to autism shows possible usefulness in animal tests 

Animal research suggests that a new drug called NitroSynapsin, which affects the function of a gene called MEF2C, may potentially be useful in treating autism.
Video games help to improve attention, eye gaze

A home-based video game program may be effective in improving gaze and attention in individuals with ASD, according to a new study.
Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
News from ARI
ARI's statement on the Parkland school shooting
The staff at the Autism Research Institute is deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th. Some in the media reported the shooter may have been diagnosed with an ASD. ARI's Executive Director Dr. Steve Edelson issued the following statement: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Parkland following yesterday's tragic events. At this time, I wish to warn against speculation regarding a link between autism and a propensity for violence."

Own a piece of history: Signed copies of Infantile Autism coming soon
Mark Autism Awareness Month this April for somebody special with this extraordinary gift
ARI founder Dr. Bernard Rimland's groundbreaking book Infantile Autism (published in 1964) debunked the shameful theory that autism was caused by bad parenting. Dr. Rimland provided a number of copies of the book with signature stickers affixed inside. This month we are auctioning copies per his wishes as a fundraiser to support ARI. 
Watch your email in the next couple of weeks for details.
 Free Webinars This Month
Sleep Issues in ASD - September 2017 Webinar
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Upcoming webinar: Feb 26th - Counseling Considerations for People with ASD
Tune in to learn about areas in which psychotherapy might benefit someone with ASD and what to consider when looking for a therapist.
This webinar is presented by The Johnson Center for Child Health and Human Development
Presented by
Aarti Nair, Ph.D
Upcoming webinar: March 7th - Conversation Skills for Teens with ASD
Join Aarti Nair, Ph.D. of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior for this talk on evidence-based strategies aimed at supporting emerging conversation skills in teens diagnosed with ASD. 
Complimentary Continuing Education
CME Webcasts: Anxiety, Immunological Issues in ASD

The health of children and adults with autism can be improved by clinicians knowledgeable about the medical etiologies associated with this complex disorder.
Watch Part 1  Metabolic, gastrointestinal, and neurological comorbidites View & print Part 1 flyer  
Watch Part 2  Sleep issues, tips for compassionate care featuring Dr. Temple Grandin View & print Part 2 flyer  

Immunological Issues and Anxiety
 Translations  Portuguese Certificados gratuitos  
Opportunities to Participate in Research
Siblings needed for research study: Why are boys more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder?
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Autism Research Institute are investigating whether the reason why boys are more affected is related to differences in intestinal bacteria.  
Participants in this study will be mailed stool kits with instructions and will be asked to collect samples. A brief medical history will be taken.  
For additional information, please contact Harland Winter, MD at or call 617-724-2004.
Survey takers needed: Autism & Ehlers-Danlos/Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Researchers at the University of South Carolina are interested in learning more about certain medical issues experienced by adults 25 years of age or older with a diagnosis of ASD and/or EDS/JHS. The online survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.   
Resiliency Program for Parents of Children with ASD
Massachusetts General Hospital's Parental Stress Study is offering a video-conferencing program to teach resiliency to parents who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program will be 8 weeks long, and meet once a week for 1.5 hours. Please contact the Study investigators if you have any questions.
Experiences of Children and Teens with ASD 
This is a study that will compare how children ages 11-18 with and without autism experience the world around them. 
Parent-Training Program Study
Dr. Lauren Moskowitz, a frequent ARI webinar presenter on challenging behaviors and anxiety, is seeking participants in a research study on the effectiveness of a group parent-training program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). Parents in the New York City or Long Island area are invited to participate.
Inflammatory Subtype: Biomarkers 
Dr. Harumi Jyonouchi is conducting research to characterize a previously unidentified inflammatory subtype of autism to improve autism treatment options. Individuals aged 1-30 years with autism and also typically developing individuals are invited to participate

Contact the Study Investigators
Adults: 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
Treatment-Effectiveness Survey
Researchers at Arizona State University are conducting a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism, including medications, 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 experience - take the survey
Moving Forward in 2018

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