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Monthly News | March 2021


With Autism Awareness Month just around the corner, ARI's staff is quite busy working on initiatives to recognize the challenges individuals, families, and professionals continue to face during this second year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out our upcoming webinars and visit for free resources to help navigate transitions and challenges some may face as schools, businesses, and events continue to open in the weeks to come.

We are pleased to announce planning has begun for our annual scientific research grant program and resumption of our in-person scientific meeting later this year. 
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
ARI News
Coming in April: Awareness Month Weekly ASD Focus Series
ARI's mission (to support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through research and education) has generated a lot of information over the years. Starting April 1, we'll be kicking off a four-week series with links to resources on our website at

  • April 1: Diagnosis and Early Intervention
  • April 4: Nutrition
  • April 11: Advances in Research
  • April 18: Behavioral Support
  • April 25: Moving Forward in 2021 and beyond
Autism 2021 - Help Us Tell Our Community's Story: Share Now
Our photos and stories forge connections and generate understanding, particularly this year, when so many of us have been isolated due to the pandemic. We want to hear about how the autism community, including ARI, has been part of your personal journey, family experiences, or professional work with autism.
Weekly drawings for a $25 Amazon gift card will occur April 4-30, 2021. One entrant will receive a $100 Amazon gift card in our final drawing on May 1. Rules and Conditions
Research Updates
Innate stress response may link maternal infection to autism
Maternal inflammation contributes to autism by sparking an innate stress response in male, but not female, fetuses, according to a new mouse study published in Nature Neuroscience. The results could help explain why infection during pregnancy is associated with an increased likelihood of having a child who is later diagnosed with ASD.
Exercises that are similar to stereotypical behaviors are most effective in reducing these behaviors
A new study published recently in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise indicates that while physical exercise can help reduce stereotypic behaviors in children with ASD, it is important to select exercises that are functionally similar to the physical movements they are meant to address.
Participate in Research:
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 seeking families to participate in this study who have both boy and girl siblings with autism. These families will be mailed stool kits with instructions and will be asked to collect samples. A brief medical history will be taken. Please contact Harland Winter, M.D., by phone 617-724-2004, or email, for additional information, and enrollment details.
ARI Webinar 3/24:
Anxiety, Depression, and Other Mood Disorders in Teens
Mood disorders frequently co-occur with autism. Tune in to learn about potential triggers, such as autoimmune conditions and post-strep infections, that can lead to psychological symptoms in adolescents and teens.

Presented by Kenneth Bock, MD
ARI Webinar 3/31:
Peer Experiences and Behavioral Challenges|
Learn about the connection between peer experiences and behavioral challenges some individuals with autism may experience during adolescence.

Presented by Somer Bishop, PhD, University of California San Francisco
COVID-19 resources and coping stories
Did you see our recent webinar on supporting individuals with anxiety and ASD during the pandemic? Watch the playback now on our COVID-19 Resource page.
Navigating the second year of Covid-19: ARI's live webinars, social stories

Thanks to You, Research Is Moving Forward
Watch this video featuring some of ARI's most recent research grant recipients.
Awareness Month is just around the corner. If you plan to give, thank you for keeping ARI on your list.
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