The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is a non-profit organization based in San Diego, CA that is dedicated to conducting and fostering scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism. The organization was founded in the 1960’s and continues to share information about autism research with a world-wide network.
To help disseminate information about autism, ARI is currently publishing tidbits of research, advice, history, and trivia on their homepage and their Facebook page. A new tidbit is shared daily, Monday through Friday.
Below is a sampling of information shared over the past few weeks.
Did you know?
- Magnesium can reduce hyperactivity in children with ADHD [Magnesium Research, 1997, 10, (2), 149-156].
- There does not appear to be a correlation between maternal smoking and autism [www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_121034.html].
- Subgroups of boys with ASD defined by distinct facial characteristics were correlated with clinical and behavioral traits, suggesting potentially different causes and genetic differences compared to the larger group of boys with ASD [www.molecularautism.com/content/2/1/15/abstract].
- A multivitamin/mineral supplement was shown to reduce both gastrointestinal and sleep problems in children with autism [Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2004, 10 (6), 1033-39].
- Matthew Savage, who has autism, is a brilliant jazz musician who composes his own songs. He first performed at the Blue Note at age 11, and he has already released several CDs. He is currently a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Visit: www.SavageRecords.com
- A Texas study found that higher levels of environmental mercury from industrial plants are correlated with rising rates of autism [Health and Place, 2006, 12, 203-209].
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– Jennifer M. Adams, MA, CCC-SLP