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Monthly News | May 2023

Hello Administrators,


April is always a whirlwind of activity at ARI, and we are deeply grateful for your contributions and messages of support. 

Last month's Scientific Think Tank in Chicago featured experts on medical, biomedical, and nutritional research and treatment. As always, dedicated, forward-thinking delegates participated, because of their interest in engaging in groundbreaking discussions aimed at advancing research in the best interest of people with autism and their families. We are grateful for the work they do every day to help improve the health and well-being of people with autism.


ARI's research grants, think tanks, publications, outreach, and educational programs are only possible through generous donor support. If you would like to contribute, please visit for more information. Questions? Contact us at

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior Survey Tool

Research has documented numerous reasons for self-injurious behavior (SIB). The new tool is designed to assist professionals and parents in identifying treatments that may reduce or eliminate SIB in clients or children. Responses to the survey questions may provide insight into one or more possible reasons why an individual engages in SIB. Links to published studies on causes and appropriate interventions are also provided based on responses to survey questions.

Learn more & use the tool

National Autism History Museum

To commemorate nearly a century of the written history of autism, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) recently opened the National Autism History Museum—the first historical museum dedicated to autism. The four-room museum is located in the Kensington district in San Diego, California, adjacent to ARI’s main office.

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New book, The Oak Hill Method: Connecting to Students with Autism

Dr. Robert L. Hendren, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCSF Autism Clinic and ARI Board of Directors member, has co-edited a new book on helping students with autism thrive in school. The book describes evidence-based strategies and shares case-based examples and practical strategies for helping students develop a broad range of skills, including self-awareness, self-advocacy, emotional and sensory regulation, and social communication.

Learn more & buy the book

New Research: The Acute Problem of Chronic Disease

New research from UCSD physician-scientist and past ARI research grant recipient Dr. Robert Naviaux examines why chronic diseases are linked to the underlying failure of cells and the body to heal completely.

Published in the journal Mitochondrion, the paper outlines the processes and players, beginning with cellular mitochondria, that drive the healing process – and whose dysfunction underlies chronic maladies, including autism. 

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Research Updates

From ARRI: Study investigates responses to pain in individuals with autism

A new study offers insights into the responses of adults with autism to painful stimuli. The researchers found that participants with ASD were more likely than controls to use psychiatric medications. In addition, they rated themselves as being more anxious and having a higher sensitivity to pain and other environmental stimuli.

Note: The authors of this study are presenting a free ARI webinar on this research 8/30.

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From ARRI: Functional somatic problems are common in adolescents with elevated autistic traits

Teenagers with autistic-like traits often experience functional somatic symptoms (FSS)—in other words, physical symptoms that cannot be readily explained medically. In a new study, Elske Hogendoorn and colleagues examined the relationship over time between autistic traits and FFS in a large adolescent population.

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Subscribe to ARI's Clinical Research e-Newsletter

The Autism Research Institute publishes an e-newsletter titled ‘Clinical Research in Autism.’ It provides online links to up-to-date clinical research related to patient care and is for pediatricians, nurses, and obstetricians.

The April/May '23 issue is available on our website, and you can also subscribe.

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Free Issue of ARRI - Online Now

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. 

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.

Read the latest issue of ARRI online - for free:

What's inside?

  • Microbiota therapy may lead to lasting beneficial changes in the gut health of children with autism
  • Dr. Edelson's Editorial: Introducing the National Autism History Museum
  • Parents of children with autism report high rates of stress, stigmatization
  • New Jersey Autism Study shows large increase in cases of autism without intellectual disability

... and more

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Participate in Research

Participants needed: Enroll for a new Research Study that aims to understand how autistic adults use strategies in their everyday lives to help them with sensory, executive functioning, and other differences.

University-based investigators contact us for help finding research 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

Children, Anxiety, and ASD in the Pandemic Era – Live Q&A

Psychologist Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D., discusses coping with anxiety related to the recent pandemic and its aftermath. The presentation includes an overview of the roots of anxiety and how cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can effectively support some individuals experiencing it.

Watch now

Prenatal Stress and Neurodevelopment

Neurologist David Beversdorf, MD, discusses prenatal stress and its implication in autism etiology. He provides a brief history of autism heredity, epigenetics, and the role of serotonin and discusses recent research on the impact of SERT, prenatal stress, and other epigenetic factors.

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Upcoming Free Webinars

ARI Webinar 6/28:

Social Media Use and Autism –

Teens and Adults

Learn research updates on the impact of social media use on teens and adults with autism.


Presented by

Pamela Wisniewski, PhD

Vanderbilt University 


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 6/28/23

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ARI Webinar 8/30:

Pain, Sensory Issues, and Autism

From sensory and pain behavior to neurophysiology: quantitative and qualitative studies in autism

Presented by

Dr. Tami Bar-Shalita,

Dr. Yelena Granovsky,

Dr. Eynat Gal


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 8/30/23

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Making a Difference in 2023

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