April|May 2023

Dear Subscriber,

This e-newsletter provides valuable resources for obstetricians, pediatricians, and nurses by sharing links to recent research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

By providing access to cutting-edge research, this e-newsletter aims to empower healthcare professionals in their work with patients on the autism spectrum. Ultimately, it strives to improve the quality of care and support for both children and adults diagnosed with this condition. Please feel free to send us your comments and feedback email us


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Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer

This newsletter is in honor and in memory of Dr. Bernard Rimland, autism pioneer and advocate. Learn More

Risks, Prevalence, Diagnosis

26.7 Percent of 8-Year-Olds With Autism Have Profound Autism

[Original article appeared in Public Health Reports]

Link Between Gestational Weight Gain, Autism Spectrum Disorder in Offspring Explored

[Original article appeared in Obesity]

Maternal rheumatoid arthritis and risk of autism in the offspring

[Original article appeared in Psychological Medicine]

Molecular Compounds in Maternal Blood Linked to Autism Risk

[Original article appeared in Molecular Psychiatry]

Study finds slightly higher risk of autism diagnosis in areas with more lithium in drinking water, but experts say more research is needed

[Original article appeared in JAMA Pediatrics]

Health-Related Issues

Among Kids With Autism, Girls Are More Prone to Anxiety Disorders Than Boys

[Research study was presented at the International Society for Autism Research, 2023]

Autism in Older Adults: Studies Show Higher Rates of Mental, Physical Ills

[Research study was presented at the International Society for Autism Research, 2023]

Infant sleep predicts trajectories of social attention and later autism traits

[Original article appeared in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry]

Link Found Between Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Infections in Preschoolers and Increased Risk of Autism

[Original article appeared in BMJ]

Sleep Problems in Children With Autism Linked to Fat Molecules

[Original article appeared in Nature Medicine]

Other Issues

Assessing suicidal thoughts and behaviors and nonsuicidal self-injury in autistic and non-autistic early adolescents using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale

[Original article was published by The National Autistic Society]

Earlier intervention leads to better gains for autistic children

[Original article appeared in Autism]


Global motion processing in infants’ visual cortex and the emergence of autism

[Original article appeared in Communications Biology]

Kids with autism exhibit more frequent aggression at greater intensities than non-autistic children

[Original article appeared in Autism Research]

Kids With Nonverbal Autism May Still Understand Much Spoken Language

[Research study was presented at the International Society for Autism Research, 2023]

The mindfulness approach helps ease the stress of parenting a child with autism

[Research study was presented at the International Society for Autism Research, 2023]


Preschool and Child-Care Expulsion: Is it Elevated for Autistic Children?

[Original article appeared in Exceptional Children]

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