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Monthly News | December 2020


The holidays are here, along with the end of a very challenging year for most of us. We can assure you that we have not slowed down our efforts to provide guidance and support to the autism community. In fact, we ramped up our efforts to continue supporting needed research to understand and treat autism and to lessen the impact of the pandemic on those on the spectrum and their family members.
On behalf of ARI's Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Panel, and staff, I wish you the very best this holiday season.
Happy holidays with much cheer,
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
ARI News
ARI awarded more than $280,000 in research grant funds in 2020. See the list of 2020 ARI grant recipients at
Researchers thank ARI donors for sustaining funding during the pandemic
If not for the precious funding provided by donors, researchers could be forced to stop their investigations. We are gathering recordings of this year's ARI research grant recipients extending their thanks. Watch the first batch of messages online now.
Special Journal Issue edited by ARI's Executive Director
Last month ARI's Executive Director, Stephen M. Edelson, PhD, was honored to be the guest editor of the journal Autism and Developmental Disorders (Russia).

  • Dr. Stephen M. Edelson - Overview of Various Treatment Approaches and Their Impact on Several Difficult-to-Treat Conditions
  • Dr. Margaret Bauman - Autism: Multidisciplinary assessment and therapy: Model LADDERS
  • Drs. Rachel Tsipan, China Parente, and Robert Hendren - Integrating care for people with ASD: Etiology and lifecycle
  • Dr. David Nicholas - Employment of people with ASD: Analysis of research and steps for further development

The articles are published in both Russian and English.
New book offers expert perspective on anxiety and ASD
A new book, Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism, is now available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers and on The book summarizes current perspectives and research on anxiety, including neurological, medical, immunological, gastrointestinal, nutritional, sensory, and behavioral concerns.
Learn About ARI's 2020 Impact
The Covid-19 pandemic upended many lives this year, and the need to provide meaningful support while sustaining research is as important as ever. Despite the challenges of 2020, we continued our efforts to pioneer research, outreach, and cooperative efforts with other organizations worldwide.
Find holiday resources at, including Choosing Toys for a Child with Autism and Planning for the Holiday Season
ARI Has Resources to Help with Navigating Covid-19 Holiday Changes
Last month, we offered a free webinar, Holiday Considerations for Families During COVID-19. Watch the playback and take the knowledge quiz.

Our Covid-19 resource page has tips and social stories for navigating the new normal.
Research Updates
New Editorial from Dr. Edelson
Autism Research: Paving the Road Ahead
ARI’s award-winning Autism Research Review International quarterly journal frequently includes editorials written by ARI’s Executive Director, Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. You can read them HERE.
"It is time for stakeholders in the autism community to re-examine the modest advancements of autism research over the past five decades and question the typical 'silo' approach used up to now. It is becoming increasingly clear that a better approach is to look at the individual with autism as a whole, and not just focus on one neurological impairment, genetic expression, sensory system, cognitive or social uniqueness, or behavior."
Seeking families who have boy and girl siblings diagnosed with ASD
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Autism Research Institute are investigating whether the reason why boys are more affected than girls is related to differences in intestinal bacteria.
We are seeking families to participate in this study who have boy and girl siblings with autism.
For additional information, and enrollment details, please contact Harland Winter, MD by phone 617-724-2004 or email.
Widespread vitamin D deficiency again found in young people with ASD
A new study from Turkey adds to evidence that vitamin D deficiency is significantly higher in children and adolescents with
autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than in the
general population.
Does gastrointestinal mucus play a role in ASD?
A recent research review suggests that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other neurological conditions may cause changes in gut mucus, and these changes in turn may worsen symptoms of these conditions.
Free Webinar 1/6:
Children, Anxiety, and ASD in the Pandemic Era – Live Q&A
Do you have questions you'd like to ask about helping kids with ASD cope with anxiety related to COVID-19? Tune in and ask your questions in real time.

Presented by Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D., St. John’s University
Free Webinar 1/13:
Depression In ASD: Insights From A Network Analysis
Tune in to learn about recent research on the inter-relationship between depression and autism and the clinical implications.

Presented by Farhad Montazeri M.D., Yale Child Study Center.
COVID-19 resources and coping stories
Looking for free online social stories? Download now on our COVID-19 Resource page.
Coping with COVID-19: ARI's Live Webinars, Social Stories Help Families Cope

Researchers are Counting on Us
This holiday season you can support research while you shop
pick ARI at
Thanks to You,
researchers are receiving precious funding!
Thank you for believing in the power of research and education. Times like these remind us of how interconnected we all are. Without you, none of it is possible.

And thank you to all who donated on #GivingTuesday!
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