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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.

Class Details

Autism 203: The DIR/Floor Time Model – A Treatment Philosophy for Parents and Professionals That Fosters Relationships to Support Engaging and Relating the Foundation for Social and Emotional Development
Thursday, March 20, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Rosemary White, OTR/L
Rosemary White, OTR/L, director of Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services, will present the principles of the DIR/Floortime approach, a treatment philosophy for parents and professionals for children with challenges in relating and communicating, including autism. This treatment approach can be blended into everyday life as it supports a child's ability to share attention, be engaged and have back-and-forth interaction to support social and emotional development. Emphasis is placed on understanding the individual child and tailoring interactions to the child and the parent. White will provide video examples of how DIR/Floortime can be utilized in a variety of environments and interactions. 

Autism 204: The Ins and Outs of ABA
Thursday, April 17, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Shane Herriot-Miramontez, PhD, BCBC-D, and Heather W. Suarez, MEd, BCBA
The field of behavioral therapy has been quickly expanding and evolving. As a result, it can also be confusing to navigate. STEPS consultants Heather W. Suarez and Shane Herriott-Miramontez will provide an overview and better understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition, they will focus on the different approaches to ABA instruction and their use in homes and at school. Suarez and Herriott-Miramontez will also touch on the common misconceptions of ABA and provide the most current information on the trends of insurance coverage for ABA therapy. 

Autism 205: Sensory Processing
Thursday, May 15, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Shelly O'Donnell, MS, OTR/L
Shelley O'Donnell, MS, OTR/L, director of Seattle Therapy Services: Skills for Life, will discuss a range of sensory challenges and strategies with an emphasis on improving your child's engagement in activities of daily living and social participation. She will discuss how sensory processing and other components contribute to a child's occupational profile. This occupational profile helps guide intervention and advocate for the child's overall well-being and participation. 

Autism 206: Executive Functioning Skills – What Are They and Why Are They Important?
Thursday, June 19, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Rosalind Oti, PhD, and Rachel Montague, PhD
Drs. Rosalind Oti and Rachel Montague, clinical psychologists at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, will define and discuss executive functioning skills and their development across the lifespan. They will also discuss how executive functioning deficits play a significant role in social, academic and behavioral functioning, especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. They will also discuss evidence-based ideas for intervention, research-based information and ideas for accommodations for individuals with executive functioning deficits.

Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood – Vocational Training and Support
Thursday, July 17, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Jim Corey, Washington Initiative for Supportive Employment, and Shaun Wood, MEd
Shaun Wood and Jim Corey from the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment will discuss transitioning from the school system to the adult employment system for students who experience disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. They will address how families can help prepare their young students for this transition starting at an early age, and share with parents and others what they can expect “once the school bus stops coming.” Wood holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and has experience working in the adult developmental disability system as an employment specialist. Corey has extensive experience in the employment system and has recently completed an intensive in ABA. 

Autism 208: Facilitating Peer Interactions for Children with Social Communication Deficits
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jamie Yauch, MS, CCC-SPL
Jamie L. Yauch, a speech-language pathologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Autism Center, will discuss social communication benchmarks from birth through adolescence, as well as components needed for social communication (e.g., receptive, expressive and pragmatic language, social cognition and social interaction). The focus of this presentation will be on providing strategies to facilitate social communication development across childhood through peer interactions in group settings, including naturalistic and therapeutic environments, such as toddler groups, play dates, school environments and social skills groups. 

Autism 209: Sleep and Autism – The Bumpy Road to the Land of Nod
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: David Camenisch, MD, Mendy Minjarez, PhD
Difficulties with sleep are commonly present in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Seattle Children’s Dr. David Camenisch, a child psychiatrist, and Dr. Mendy Minjarez, a behavioral psychologist, will discuss common issues related to sleep in children with ASD. Strategies will be presented to help parents facilitate better sleep habits, including medical and behavioral treatments. 

Autism 210: You're Not Alone – Preventing Family Isolation
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lynn Vigo Cooper, MSW, LICSW
Parents of children with autism often report feeling alone and isolated for many reasons, including behavioral challenges and a not-always-accepting world that they must deal with. Isolation can negatively affect their emotional well-being and self-esteem. Parents need all the support they can get, yet it is difficult to ask for help and connect with others who understand. Join Seattle Children’s Lynn Vigo, family therapist and parent of a teen with autism, for a highly interactive discussion about this important topic. 

Autism 211: We Have a Voice – A Panel of Individuals with ASD
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Charles Cowan, MD
Join Seattle Children’s Autism Center’s medical director, Dr. Charles Cowan, and a panel of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, to hear about their perspectives. What was helpful? What was not helpful? What should parents and professionals know about their children, students and patients? Audience participation will be encouraged! 

View 2014 200 Series Lectures

Autism 201: State of Autism in 2014
Instructor: Bryan King, MD

Autism 202: Navigating Insurance Benefits – What You Need to Know About Health Insurance Benefits for Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism
Instructor: Arzu Forough, founder and CEO, Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy

View 2013 200 Series Lectures

Autism 201: State of Autism in 2013
Instructor: Charles Cowan, MD

Autism 202: Addressing Challenging Behaviors – Strategies for Families
Instructor: Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA

Autism 204: Supporting Speech, Language and Communication with Mobile Technology
Instructor: Marci Revelli MS, CCC-SLP

Autism 205: Legal Planning for Individuals with Disabilities – Guardianship, Public Benefits and Estate Planning
Instructors: Joshua L. Brothers, JD, and Christopher Henderson, JD

Autism 206: Anxiety
Instructor: Felice Orlich, PhD

 Autism 207: The Transition to Adulthood
Instructor: Gary Stobbe, MD

Autism 208: Social Communication  
Instructor: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Autism 209: Relationships, Puberty and Sexual Health
Instructors: Ron Thomson, MA, and Katrina Davis, BA

Autism 210: Highway to Hell or Stairway to Heaven? – Parenting a Child with Autism
Instructor: Greg Schell, MEd, director, Fathers Network

Autism 211: Panel Discussion – Developing and Advocating for Services in Local Communities
Facilitator: Amy Carlsen, RN, LEND Parent Professional Partnership Leader 


For additional resources, visit the Autism Center Resources page or visit 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.


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