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. Read the series flyer (PDF).
Classes are held on most third Thursdays of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Attend in Person
Join us for an opportunity to ask questions, meet the presenters and meet others from the autism community.
Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Main Campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Free parking in the visitor lots.
You can live-stream classes using Facebook Live on Seattle Children’s Facebook page. If you are with a school, community organization or group who would like host a community event and would like to discuss other teleconferencing options, please contact us.
View Past Lectures
Lectures are also recorded and can be viewed following the lecture. View past lectures. You can view all Autism 200 Series lectures from the past two years on the Autism 200 Series YouTube playlist.
Please call Seattle Children’s Autism Center at 206-987-8080 with questions, or email us.
2018 Series Schedule
Autism 202: But I Don’t Wanna Go to School!: Strategies for Addressing School Avoidance
February 15, 2018
Instructor: Kendra Read, PhD
School avoidance is a common issue with children with autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will provide information about common factors underlying school avoidance, discussion of behavioral strategies to improve school attendance, partnership between families and school personnel and the design of school reintegration plans.
Autism 203: Social Inclusion Through Person-Centered Planning
March 15, 2018
Instructors: Ramona Hattendorf, Director of Advocacy, Arc of King County, and Cathy Murahashi, Family Engagement Coordinator, King County Parent and Family Coalition
Person-Centered Planning is a strength-based discovery process used to help people with disabilities identify their desires, hopes and dreams so they can make goals and plan for their future. It helps families and professionals learn more about the person’s unique capabilities and skills so they can plan for community supports and services. In this presentation, we will share the different types of plans, how the process works and how they can be used across the life span so that individuals can live the life they want.
Autism 204: Powerful Partnerships: Strategies for Navigating the Family/School Relationship
April 19, 2018
Instructors: Carrie Basas, JD, MEd, and Rose Spidell, JD, Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds; and Mariam Araujo, PhD
Development of a strong educational plan involves development of a collaborative relationship between parents and schools. Members of the Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) and Dr. Mariam Araujo will provide strategies for navigating difficult conversations and conflicts with schools when students have disabilities. Topics to be discussed include fostering positive communication and relationships with school and what to do when that situation changes, setting and sharing goals for your child’s education, preparing for meetings and maintaining student records.
Autism 205: Inclusion: What’s Working and What’s Next? – A Panel Discussion
May 17, 2018
Facilitator: Kimberly Corrigan
People with social, intellectual and behavioral differences are making positive changes in their own lives and in the lives of others. From education to policy to employment, the future is brighter because those with autism and other abilities are speaking out, stepping up and changing the way our society operates. This panel discussion will include community leaders who are actively engaged in these efforts. Get informed and inspired by these leaders, ordinary and extraordinary, who are showing us now what is possible today, and tomorrow.
This summer, join us for a two-part series, “Transition to Adulthood.”
Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood: Housing Options – A Panel Discussion
July 19, 2018
Facilitator: Rose Yu, MA, MBA
The housing crisis continues to negatively impact families and individuals with ASD, and it is expected to worsen, with an estimated 500,000 teens with autism entering adulthood in the coming decade. Affordability, access and severe shortage of residential and housing programs have placed a tremendous strain on parents, families and individuals seeking appropriate housing options. This panel discussion will provide information and creative approaches to navigate and secure housing for all, regardless of ability and independence levels.
Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood: Behavioral Support for Adults
August 16, 2018
Instructors: Gregory Breznican, MA, BCBA, and Laura Economides, Alyssa Burnett Center
A proportion of individuals with ASD display some form of challenging or disruptive behaviors such as noncompliance, aggression, self-injurious behavior or others. Individuals with ASD who continue engaging in some of these behaviors as they transition into adulthood often face obstacles in accessing community-based activities, such as day programs or employment. In addition, services such as behavioral assessment and intervention are not readily available for adults when compared to children across the country and in our state. During this presentation, we will discuss the current state of behavioral service in the state of Washington (e.g., private insurance, Medicaid, DDA). We will provide an overview of the Alyssa Burnett Center and how our adult behavior programs are helping our participants with ASD and challenging behaviors to better integrate into our community programs.
Autism 208: Hiding in Plain Sight: Girls With Autism Spectrum Disorder
September 20, 2018
Instructors: Sara Webb, PhD, and Karen Barnes, PhD
ASD is disproportionately diagnosed in males over females, possibly because of genetic and neurological protective effects but also because of biases in the way in which clinicians and the community view autism as a “male” disorder. In this presentation, we will review the recent research on females with ASD and focus on females with ASD from a cultural, clinical and neurological perspective. We will discuss how ASD may present differently in females compared to males, identify the challenges detecting ASD in females and identify the unique strengths and supports for females with ASD.
Autism 209: Let’s Talk About AAC and Autism Spectrum Disorder
October 18, 2018
Instructors: Jo Ristow, MS, CCC-SLP, and Meg Pattee, MS, CCC-SLP
Many children with ASD face challenges communicating. Luckily, communication is more than the words we speak. The goal of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) is to provide alternatives to talking out loud or provide tools to verbal communication to help a child find the power of their voice. This presentation will focus on current trends in AAC technology as well as tools, goals and teaching techniques that are available for different types of communicators.
Autism 210: We Are All in This Together: Finding Common Ground Between Autistic and Parent Advocates – A Panel Discussion
November 15, 2018
Facilitator: Zack Siddeek, MSW
Often, communication between Autistic self-advocates and parent advocates are heated, hostile discussions. This happens in all contexts, be it online or in person. There have not been many attempts at bridging the gaps of communication, leading many to ask if understanding is possible. We all can agree that this aggression does not serve anyone, either Autistic or family members.
In Seattle, local leaders on both sides met using a facilitated form of communication called “Intergroup Dialogue,” with an intention of building alliances around advocacy and empathy. This panel will reflect on the experiences from members of both groups, and identify ways that both sides can work together to ensure that everyone’s needs are met in an equitable manner.
Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2018
January 18, 2018
Instructors: Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP
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 (video not yet available)
Instructor: Lisa Ibanez, PhD
Autism 209: Early Intervention in Autism: An Overview of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center Model
Instructor: Mendy Minjarez, PhD
Autism 210: Autism From a Sibling’s Perspective: A Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Tammy Mitchel, sister; manager, Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center
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.