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Monthly News | February 2023

Hello Administrators,


Along with our ongoing webinars and clinical seminars for healthcare professionals, we are preparing for our annual think tank late next month.


Since 1968, we have advocated for cutting-edge research while connecting emerging voices in the scientific community with the vision to improve the health and well-being of autistic people worldwide. Our programs collectively aim to translate complex concepts about potential causes and treatments for autism into meaningful information that engages and empowers our community. To learn more about the work we are doing, visit our website at 


Did you know we publish a bi-monthly e-newsletter for obstetricians, nurses, and physicians? The newsletter, Clinical Research in Autism, lists peer-reviewed studies relevant to their practices. Please tell your healthcare providers about this free e-newsletter. They can sign up at

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

ARI Welcomes New Scientific Advisory Board Member, Bradley Ferguson, Ph.D.

ARI’s Scientific Advisory Board provides informed support and direction for our research initiatives. We are pleased to have Dr. Ferguson join us in this work.

Bradley Ferguson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Missouri. Dr. Ferguson's current research focuses on the potential association between immune, endocrine, and psychophysiological markers of stress and gastrointestinal disorders co-occurring with autism. He is also leading the psychophysiological biomarker assessment for predictors of medication response and the relationship to aberrant behaviors.

Learn more about our Scientific Advisory Board

CME Webcasts: Co-Occurring Conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

These activities have been approved for complimentary AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

In joint-providership with ARI, the Cleveland Clinic offers complimentary webcasts on autism to healthcare professionals and the general public. 


The latest series provides expert insight into co-occurring conditions and autism. Topics include challenges faced by those aging with autism, gastrointestinal issues, and barriers to individualized medical care that autistic people encounter.

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Research Updates

From ARRI: More findings point to high rate of vitamin D deficiency in children with autism

A new study from the Netherlands adds to evidence that vitamin D deficiency is common in children with autism.

The researchers report that 75.9 percent of the children with autism and 79.5 percent with internalizing disorders exhibited vitamin D3 deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency was especially common in boys with both autism and obesity.

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From ARRI: Exercise may help to lower levels of anxiety in autism

Anxiety is a very common issue for people with autism, and a new study from China suggests that vigorous exercise may help to reduce this problem.

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Subscribe to ARRI: Stay Up-to-date on the Latest Research

ARI’s award-winning Autism Research Review International (ARRI) quarterly journal helps you stay updated about the latest autism research. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting current biomedical and educational research.

Learn more and subscribe to ARRI

A one-year subscription to the ARRI is $19.99 (U.S. funds; $23.99 outside the U.S. – includes shipping). Each issue is sent via first-class mail. Keep up with the latest research updates – subscribe now.

Participate in Research

Take part in a new Intervention Study that teaches parents skills to help address their child’s fear and anxiety.

This study requires English fluency.

Many investigators seek participants to add valuable data to our understanding of autism.

Research topics range from sibling differences to school experiences, trauma, adult issues, and more. 

Learn about studies enrolling participants
New Content Available now on

Webinar Summaries

Executive Function and Autism

Greg Wallace, Ph.D., discusses executive functioning and its impact on lived experiences across the lifespan in autism. He defines executive function (EF) as it relates to cognitive processes, the neuropsychological framework, and real-world outcomes. The presenter provides historical context for EF within autism, highlighting flexibility as the most common EF difficulty for autistic individuals. 

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Parents and Caregivers: The Importance of Self-Care

Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA, discusses the importance of self-care for adult caregivers supporting people with special needs, including autism. She provides context for mental health in the US, and highlights the importance of self-care in the modern world. 

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Upcoming Free Webinars

ARI Webinar 2/22:

The Complexities of Establishing Evidence-Based Interventions for Autism

Learn about historical developments, methodological approaches, and areas of ongoing debate in establishing evidence-based interventions for autism.


Presented by

Dr. Giacomo Vivanti

A.J. Drexel Autism Institute


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 2/22/23

Register now

ARI Webinar 3/8:

Gestational Influences and Autism - Research updates for 2023

Federico Balzola, MD, shares findings on gastrointestinal symptoms and pathological microscopic histological alterations found during upper and lower endoscopy with biopsies.

Presented by

Federico Balzola, MD

 A.O.U. Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 3/8/23

Register now

Making a Difference in 2022 and Beyond

Hear messages of thanks from ARI's latest research grant recipients: watch now

Thank you for your support.

We continue to focus on education while supporting research on genetics, neurology, co-occurring medical conditions, nutrition, sensory processing, severe and challenging behaviors, and adult and senior issues. Without you, none of it is possible.

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