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. 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.

Location

Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Main Campus, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Free parking in the visitor lots.

Watch Online

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.

Contact

Please call Seattle Children’s Autism Center at 206-987-8080 with questions, or email us.

2018 Series Schedule

Autism 205: Inclusion: What’s Working and What’s Next? – A Panel Discussion (PDF)
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 (PDF)
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 (PDF)
August 16, 2018
Instructor: Monica Meyer

When a student with autism exits their formal education, it doesn’t mean that they have stopped learning or that the supports used in the educational system stop being utilized. What it means is that IDEA and its entitlement has ended and Section 504 of ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) continues. How does that impact young adults entering the work force and post-secondary education? Monica will touch on these issues and how it applies to Positive Behavior Supports, the underlying characteristics of Autism, training and most importantly access to services based on their documented support needs.

As lifelong learners, every opportunity for an adult with autism becomes a teachable moment. For an individual with autism, parent, or support staff it is a continual process of identifying the skill deficit displaced, the characteristic of autism demonstrated, applying a process of support strategies and interventions (likely used within the school setting), assessing the efficacy of the strategy implementation and ultimately reduce the need for exhibited behavior. This seems quite simple, right? Check out Monica’s presentation and learn how important it is to have a “facilitated” Person Centered Plan, learn how different the adult service system is for people with autism and how to promote ASD evidence-based supports.

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.

Resources

2018 lectures

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2018
January 18, 2018
Instructors: Raphael Bernier, PhD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Autism 202: But I Don’t Wanna Go to School!: Strategies for Addressing School Avoidance
February 15, 2018
Instructor: Kendra Read, PhD
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 203: Social Inclusion Through Person-Centered Planning (video not yet available)
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
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 204: Powerful Partnerships: Strategies for Navigating the Family/School Relationship(PDF)
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

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 (video not 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.

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.