Skip to navigation menu Skip to content
Informational Alert

Due to a measles case in the community, please call before coming to Seattle Children’s if you or your child has potential measles symptoms.


Autism Ambient Video

Seattle Children’s Autism Center

Growing to Transform Care for Autism Spectrum Disorder

To meet the growing need for high-quality treatment, the Autism Center recently moved to Seattle Children’s Magnuson. At roughly 16,000 square feet, the re-imagined center will allow us to provide family-focused care to 25% more children with autism over the next 5 years. Magnuson is also our hub for autism research, outreach and training so we can keep improving access and outcomes.

Thoughtfully designed with help from patient families, the new space is calming and comfortable. Features like lighting were chosen to create a welcoming environment for children with sensory challenges. A therapeutic garden offers colors, sounds, textures and scents to explore.
Take a look inside Magnuson (Video 02:06)

Find What You Need at the Autism Center

Dr Minjarez sits on the floor with a young child playing with toys

Treatments and Services

Seattle Children’s Autism Center is known nationally for our wide range of innovative, effective treatments and services. From our early intervention program for children under 6 to our transition support for young adults preparing for the next stage of life, we provide care that can make a real difference for your family.

Learn more about Autism Center treatments and services.


A boy in a red jacket explores the Sensory Garden at Seattle Children's Magnuson

Patient and Family Resources

Are you waiting for an Autism Center appointment? Was your child recently diagnosed? Or is your family many years into living with autism? No matter where you are in your experience, there are resources to help. We want you to have all the information you and your child need to understand your child’s condition and to participate in treatment.  

Explore resources created or curated by Seattle Children’s.

Provider in orange sweater talks with young boy seated in a chair

Research and Clinical Trials

Scientific research helps us discover more about how to improve the quality of life for people with autism. It also provides important clues about how and why autism develops. If you’d like, we can add you to our research registry so that you hear about new studies that may be a good fit for your family. Your family may be able to take part in research even if you are waiting for an appointment in our clinic.

Learn more about research and clinical trials.

Patient Success Stories

Dr Katrina Davis works with pediatric patient in a red dress.

Alex’s Story

When Alex was 2 years old, she began to withdraw from her family and lose her ability to express herself, which led to frustration and tantrums. Things changed after she was diagnosed with autism and learned to communicate words and concepts that she cannot voice using an iPad.

“She’s sweet and calm and loves school, music and dancing. The Autism Center helped Alex connect with the world in new ways.”

– Seetong Franklin, whose daughter Alex received life-changing speech therapy at Seattle Children’s