Child Development and Parenting

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
  • Resources for families

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. Read the series flyer (PDF).

Lectures are held at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Lectures are on main campus, with the exception of our April 23 class, which will be offsite at Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Parking at Seattle Children’s main hospital campus (Lot 1) is free, as is parking at the Autism Center, for those who attend the lecture in person.

If you are unable to join the lecture in person, you can watch the live webcast from your own location in real time using Webex. Read how to use Webex (PDF). The meeting code and password are below. 

Have general questions about autism classes at Seattle Children's? Call 206-987-8080.

Class Details

2020 Schedule

January 23, 2020
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital main campus

Presenters: Rachel Earl, PhD, and Valori Neiger, MS, BCBA

April 23, 2020
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Autism Center

Presenters: Karen Sporn, ARNP, and Daisy Ma, MSW, EdS

July 23, 2020
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital main campus

Presenters: Jennifer Mannheim, ARNP, and Andy Lupas, PhD

October 22, 2020
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Room RC.3.905 near the River entrance, Seattle Children’s Hospital main campus

Presenters: David Camenisch, MD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Additional resources can be found at the Autism Center Resources page or on 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 an opportunity to comment on our posts and engage with our experts.