Calendar of Events

July 2017

  • Thu 20
    Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood: Finding a Job

    Instructors: Richard Wilson, MPA, and Maureen Roberts, MEd, CRC

    Transition from school to the adult world and successfully finding a job can be complicated and confusing. Navigating resources can be a formidable and overwhelming challenge for most students and their families. Being prepared requires early planning, appropriate expectations and opportunities. Understanding what resources are available and how to obtain them is critical for decision making and taking action. This session seeks to help participants better understand support systems, resources, and how to access vital services. It will also cover the importance of starting early, breaking down steps that lead to employment, and the importance of advocacy and collaboration.

    Date: Thursday July 20, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Contact: Please call Seattle Children's Autism Center at 206-987-8080 with questions.
  • Thu 27
    Autism 101

    In this free lecture, participants will learn about up-to-date, evidence-based information regarding the core deficits of ASD; variability and presentation of behaviors associated with autism; prevalence and etiology (study of the cause of the disorder); treatments available; and resources for families. Presenters are Brandi Chew, PhD, and Cara Pierson, ARNP.

    This lecture is intended for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is no need to register in advance to attend.

    Lectures are held at Seattle Children’s Hospital's main campus in room RC.3.905 near the River entrance. Parking at Seattle Children's main campus is free in Lot 1 for those who attend the lecture in person.

    Lectures are available through Seattle Children's video and teleconferencing outreach program and can be viewed at various locations throughout Washington and Alaska. View Seattle Children's video teleconferencing site information (PDF).

    Date: Thursday July 27, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Location: RC.3.905 (near the River entrance), Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Contact: Have general questions about autism classes at Seattle Children's? Call 206-987-8080.
    Cost: Free

August 2017

  • Thu 17
    Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood: Keeping a Job

    Instructors: Gina Solberg, CESP, and Abbey Lawrence, MEd, BCBA

    Landing a new job can be very exciting! It's a new world of possibilities. It can also be where the real work begins. We will discuss strategies and ideas to have a success on-boarding experience and the keys to making the job into a career. Good tenure and successful employment often depends on soft skills, support networks, visual supports/ancillary aides, clear expectations, effective lines of communication and more.

    Date: Thursday Aug. 17, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Contact: Please call Seattle Children's Autism Center at 206-987-8080 with questions.

September 2017

  • Thu 21
    Autism 208: Screening for ASD: A Preventative Intervention Approach

    Instructor: Lisa Ibanez, PhD

    The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been rising steadily, with rates now estimated to be as high as 1 in 68 children. Although parents often become concerned about their child by 17–19 months of age, children do not typically receive an ASD diagnosis until they are 4 years old. It is now well documented that early participation in ASD-specialized intervention can lead to significant improvements in skills and behavior for toddlers with ASD. However, despite the availability of publicly funded early intervention (EI) services, delayed detection of ASD risk and long waits for a formal ASD diagnosis can prevent children from receiving appropriately specialized intervention during the critical birth-to-three-years period. In addition, parents concerned about ASD experience high levels of uncertainty and stress during this waiting period. This provider-focused lecture will discuss how a preventive intervention approach may improve outcomes for both children and parents by increasing rates of ASD screening, promoting earlier referral to EI programs, initiating early ASD-specialized intervention, and reducing the time between ASD concerns and diagnosis.

    Date: Thursday Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
    Contact: Please call Seattle Children's Autism Center at 206-987-8080 with questions.