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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 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, Montana 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.

2015 Class Details

Autism 204: A Visit to the Dentist: Promoting Oral Care

Thursday, April 16
Instructor: Travis Nelson. DDS, MSD, MPH

Dental visits are often very challenging for children with autism. Unfamiliar faces, bright lights, funny smells, strange tastes, and a chair that moves make a dental appointment one of the most difficult. Dr. Travis Nelson, a pediatric dentist with the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, will discuss common issues related to oral health in children with ASD, strategies to decrease the risk of cavities, and approaches to improve the dental visit experience.

Autism 205: Special Education Law: Navigating the IEP Process

Thursday, May 21
Instructor: Stacy Gillett, education ombudsman for Washington state

Whether you are a family member or professional who supports families with school age children with disabilities, the IEP process can be confusing and overwhelming. Stacy Gillett works at the Governor's Office of the Education Ombudsman and has more than 22 years experience training families, professionals and educators about IDEA and Section 504. She will review the essential components of evaluation; determining a student's needs; development of the IEP; and what happens when a parent disagrees with the school district. She will also talk about developing positive behavior support plans and discipline issues that arise for students with disabilities.

Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood – Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Thursday, June 18
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Felice Orlich, PhD

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that is commonly used to target deficits seen in teenagers and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Felice Orlich from Seattle Children’s Autism Center will define and describe CBT, discuss characteristics of good candidates for the approach and provide information to parents and educations or are interested in pursuing CBT as a treatment option.

Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood – Financial Planning

Thursday, July 16
Instructor: Linda Hunter Suzman, ChSNC

As children with ASD move into adolescence and on to adulthood, families face many challenges when the structure of school is not available. The realization that many of these young adults may not be able to support themselves, make decisions, have a spouse or live a completely independent life because of their social challenges makes financial planning imperative for families. Special needs parent and financial service professional Linda Hunter Suzman, ChSNC, will define the issues and provide an overview and strategies for life care planning, SSI, general financial and trust plans as well as the new ABLE Act of 2014, passed in December, which allows families to begin 529 plans for disabled family members.

Autism 208: Transition to Adulthood – Lifelong Learning: Enhancing Quality of Life Through Community Engagement

Thursday, Aug. 20
Instructors: Gary Stobbe, MD, and Tammy Mitchel, program manager, Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center

The transition out of the education system and into adulthood involves many layers of planning to ensure a high quality of life and ongoing development for adults with ASD. Dr. Gary Stobbe, director of adult transition at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, and Tammy Mitchel, program manager at the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center, will share essential planning tips for the transition into adulthood. Topics will include wrap-around planning for daytime and recreation activities, community integration, housing options and vocational training.

Autism 209: Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, Sept. 17
7 to 8:30 p.m.|
Instructor: Mendy Minjarez, PhD

Many children with autism and developmental disabilities are delayed in reaching their toilet training milestones. The usual toilet training strategies are not always effective, leaving parents frustrated and unsure of how to proceed. Dr. Mendy Minjarez, a behavioral psychologist at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, will review best practices in addressing toilet training goals in this population of children. This presentation will include information about toileting readiness, behavioral interventions for addressing toilet training in children with developmental delays, and troubleshooting specific toileting problems, such as fears and refusal.

Autism 210: Myths and Facts – Evaluating the Science of Autism

Thursday, Oct. 15
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Jennifer Mannheim, ARNP, and David Eaton, ARNP

There is so much information on the internet about autism. How do you separate fact from fiction? Two of Seattle Children’s Autism Center's providers, David Eaton, ARNP, and Jennifer Mannheim, ARNP, will talk about how to read the science so you can make up your own mind. They will cover some of the popular topics today so you can decide if it is a myth or fact.

Autism 211: “If I Had Known Then What I Know Now” – A Panel of Parents of Older Children and Young Adults with ASD

Thursday, Nov. 19
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Katrina Davis, BA

Join Seattle Children’s Autism Center’s family advocate, Katrina Davis, and a panel of veteran parents who will offer an intimate and personal look into their journey raising a child with autism. Parents will share their perspectives, experiences, challenges and joys. What helped? What did not help? What would you do differently? What advice do you have for new parents? Audience participation will be encouraged.

View Past 2015 Series Lectures

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2015
Instructors: Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Autism 202: Medication Management and ASD
Instructor: A.A. Golombek, MD

Autism 203: Video Games, Dating, Homework, Oh My! Guiding Tweens and Teens as They Navigate Their World (video coming soon)
Instructors: Ben Wahl, MSW, and Rafael Boccamazzo, PhD


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.