Current Class Offerings

Autism 200 Series

Autism 200 is a series of 90-minute classes for parents and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand autism spectrum 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 held on most third Thursdays of the month at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Parking is in the visitor lots. Lectures are available through Seattle Children’s video and teleconferencing outreach program and can be viewed at various locations throughout the region. View Seattle Children's video teleconferencing site information (PDF).

Lectures are also recorded and can be viewed following the lecture. View past lectures.

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

Class schedule

Autism 209: Early Intervention in Autism: An Overview of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center Model
October 19, 2017
Instructor: Mendy Minjarez, PhD

Early intervention has been shown to improve outcomes for children with autism. Interventions based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have strong empirical support for improving a range of skills, including communication, social, play and adaptive skills. Other interventions, such as speech therapy and parent training, are also considered important in the treatment of young children with autism. This presentation will provide an overview of the current early intervention research and also describe the multi-disciplinary program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, which includes ABA therapy, speech therapy and parent training/support. The model being used at Seattle Children’s is also being replicated statewide and efforts to expand ABA therapy services in Washington state will be discussed. 

Autism 210: Autism From a Sibling’s Perspective: A Panel Discussion
November 16, 2017
Facilitator: Tammy Mitchel, sister; manager, Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center 

What about the siblings? Join us for an insightful evening featuring the unique perspectives of brothers and sisters of individuals living with autism. In this dynamic and candid panel, siblings will share their personal stories and insights, and provide a platform for parents, siblings and other community members to ask questions about their journey of growing up with a sibling on the autism spectrum. Sharing their thoughts and experiences around both the positive, and the challenging aspects siblings experience, this panel will provide honest feedback and touching stories around hope and unconditional love. Facilitated by Tammy Mitchel, sister to 22-year-old Mikey, and hosting a dynamic panel of siblings, this Autism 200 will be one to remember.

Resources

2016 lectures

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

Autism 210: Benefits of Mindfulness
Instructors: James Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP, and Felice Orlich, PhD

Autism 211: In Our Own Words: A Panel of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Gary Stobbe, MD, director the University of Washington Adult Autism Clinic

2017 lectures

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2017 With Jim and Raphe
Instructors: Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Autism 202: Autism Genetics: What Parents Should Know
Instructors: Heather Mefford, MD, and Jennifer Gerdts, PhD

Autism 203: Making Friends on the Playground: Social Skills Support in School
Instructor: Jill Locke, PhD

Autism 204: Parent Training to Address Problem Behaviors of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Instructor: Karen Bearss, PhD

Autism 205: Autism and Police: Staying Safe Together
Facilitator: Robin Tatsuda, MSW

Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood: Finding a Job
Instructors: Richard Wilson, MPA, and Maureen Roberts, MEd, CRC

Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood: Keeping a Job
Instructors: Gina Solberg, CESP, and Abbey Lawrence, MEd, BCBA

Autism 208: Screening for ASD: A Preventative Intervention Approach
Instructor: Lisa Ibanez, PhD

You can view all Autism 200 Series lectures from the past two years on the Autism 200 Series playlist.

Additional resources

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.