LAS VEGAS, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading autism experts from around the nation will hold seminars and workshops at the biannual ARI Conference, scheduled for Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As autism reaches epidemic proportions in the United States, science is challenging the traditional view of autism as a static, lifelong disorder. The Fall 2011 ARI Conference is a resource for parents, families, caregivers, educators, scientists, healthcare practitioners and other experts who will share information aimed at improving the quality of life for children and adults diagnosed with ASD, as well as that of their families.
"ARI is committed to empowering the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) community with science-based solutions for treating autism," said Dr. Stephen M. Edelson, pioneer, researcher and director of the Autism Research Institute. "An appropriate medical approach, implementing dietary and lifestyle adjustments, is proven to have significant impact for many with ASD. In the context of a growing incidence of the disorder—and considering that the standard ASD treatment is pharmaceutical—favoring an encompassing medical approach cannot be overemphasized."
Conference speakers represent a comprehensive array of autism experts from noted research institutions, non-profit organizations and consultancy agencies which include the Harvard Medical School, MIND Institute at UC Davis, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, and the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.
The conference will include workshops and sessions on the topics of treatment, early intervention, behavior/sensory issues, recovery, adult autism, environment and lifestyle, education and care. The conference will also offer professional seminars for practitioners, with an emphasis on the gastrointestinal and immune systems, metabolism, mitochondria, neurology, and laboratory testing, as well as diet and nutrition. A seminar preview is available on the conference website at http://ariconference.com/online_cme.html. Continuing education credits are available for doctors, occupational therapists, teachers, and dietitians.
For more information or to register, visit: www.ariconference.com. Follow @TreatingASD and @ARIconference with the #ARICON hash tag on Twitter for updates.
The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on conducting and sponsoring research aimed at improving the quality of life for today's generation of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Founded in 1967 by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., ARI is the oldest autism research organization in the world with a data bank of over 40,000 case histories from more than 60 countries. ARI believes in "research that makes a difference," and over the past three decades, ARI has pioneered a number of successful treatments supported by experimental and clinical evidence. ARI promotes the understanding of autism via conferences and research, but does not endorse or reject specific treatments or professional services.
SOURCE Autism Research Institute