Monthly News |March 2020
As most of you are aware, a key aspect of our mission at ARI is to improve the health and well-being of people with autism and their families. As the situation with COVID-19 has become urgent worldwide, we know everyone is facing unprecedented challenges. This can be particularly hard for people experiencing anxiety and stress due to these sudden changes, and we are working to provide practical information through online webinars. We added our first talk last week and have included the link below. Stay tuned and sign up for additional talks in the days and weeks to come at

I hope you and your loved ones stay well!

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
COVID19 Resources
COVID-19 Impact: Practical Advice, Tips to Stay Sane When Home All Day
Angela Mouzakitis, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA shares strategies for supporting individuals on the autism spectrum who are experiencing school closures and changes in routine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Recorded 3/18/20
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Free Social Story: Understanding the Coronavirus/COVID-19
Amanda Mc Guinness, at T , created a free social story to help alleviate fears and anxiety that many children and adults may be experiencing related to COVID-19.
Upcoming Webinars and Events
Free Webinar 3/25:
Anxiety, Autism - including COVID19 Q&A
L earn about factors that contribute to the high levels of anxiety seen in autism and learn concrete and actionable strategies for parents, teachers, and therapists.
Free Webinar 4/15:
Research finds GI issues coincide with problem behaviors in ASD
Learn about the evidence that behavior problems in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can be an indication of gastrointestinal (GI) distress.
Autism Challenges Conference Moves Online: Live Streaming this April-May
Each year, ARI sends a group of speakers to the annual Autism Challenges and Solutions Conference in Moscow, Russia. This year's event will occur online due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Registration opens online soon - watch for the link in next month's e-newsletter.
Research Updates & Enrollment
Autism Parents May Be at Risk For PTSD
The study, which included hundreds of parents of children who are on the spectrum, found that 18.6 percent met criteria for PTSD. The symptoms were more likely in parents whose kids displayed challenging behaviors like physical aggression and self-harm.
Alzheimer’s protein turns up as potential target for autism treatments
Researchers have for some time been considering links between neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism and neurodegenerative ones such as Alzheimer’s, and the study is 'compelling evidence' that an overlap exists.
Participate in Research: Screening ASD Risk in Newborns with a Drop of Blood
Can a new test of 1,000 chemicals in a dried blood spot help to predict the future risk of autism? Researchers are seeking participants ages 3-10 for phase II of a newborn risk study.
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