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Autism 200 Series

Autism 200 Series

Autism 200 is a series of free 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand this disorder. Faculty from Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington and community providers teach the classes. Each class includes time for questions.

Classes are open to the general public. There is no need to register in advance to attend. Lectures are held the third Thursday of the month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Seattle Children’s Hospital's main campus in Wright Auditorium. Park free in Lot 1. Enter the hospital through the River entrance, located straight across from the parking garage. Get an entrance badge from the Greeter Desk (bring photo ID).

Lectures are available through Seattle Children's video and teleconferencing outreach program and can be viewed at various locations throughout Washington, Alaska and Oregon. View Seattle Children's video teleconferencing site information (PDF). Lectures are also recorded. View past lectures.

Please call Seattle Children's Autism Center at 206-987-8080 with questions.

Class schedule

Autism 210: Benefits of Mindfulness
October 20, 2016
Instructor: Felice Orlich, PhD

Mindfulness involves “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn, 1994). It is practiced by focusing on the present moment and being aware of one’s feelings, thoughts, and sensations. Mindfulness has been shown to have benefits in reducing stress and improving people’s quality of life. Dr. Felice Orlich will discuss the benefits of mindfulness for children with ASD and their families. Her presentation will include “mindful moment” exercises that are: 1) easy to do, 2) have practical application, and 3) promote self-care.

Autism 211: In Our Own Words: A Panel of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
November 17, 2016
Facilitator: Gary Stobbe, MD

Join Dr. Gary Stobbe, director of the UW Adult Autism Clinic, and a panel of adults with autism spectrum disorder to hear about their perspective of growing up with autism. What was helpful? What was not helpful? What should parents and professionals know about their children, students, and patients? Audience participation will be encouraged!


Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2016
Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Autism 202: Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 1 of 2: Use of Applied Behavior Analysis to Assess and Treat Disruptive Behavior
Eric Boelter, PhD, BCBA-D

Autism 203: Addressing Challenging Behavior Part 2 of 2: Strategies for Home and School
Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA-D

Autism 204: Helping Children with Autism who Struggle with Restrictive Eating: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Mealtimes
Danielle Dolezal, PhD, BCBA-D

Autism 205: Understanding Developmental Disability Administration (DDA): New Pathways to the Future
Ed Holen, executive director, Developmental Disabilities Council

Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood – Community-Based Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities
Instructors: Vicki Isett and Pam Blanton, Community Homes, Inc.

Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood – Connecting to Vocational, Educational, Social and Wellness Resources
Instructors: Ben Wahl, MSW, Aspiring Youth, and Therese Vafaeezadeh, ARNP

Autism 208: Transition to Adulthood – Social-Sexuality Education for Young People with Autism
Instructor: Britta Saltonstall, PhD, BCBA

Autism 209: Multicultural Issues and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Instructors: Robin Tatsuda, MSW, ARC of King County, and Sayaka Omori, MEd, Open Doors for Multi-Cultural Families

You can view all Autism 200 Series lectures from the past two years on the Autism 200 Series playlist. For additional resources, visit the Autism Center Resources page or The Autism Blog, authored by Seattle Children's Autism Center. The world of autism spectrum disorders is constantly changing and we at Seattle Children’s Autism Center are eager to share with parents and caregivers what we continue to learn. The Autism Blog is designed to be a resource on autism as well as to give you an opportunity to comment on our posts and engage with our experts.