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 Seattle Children’s hospital campus, with the exception of our April 23 class. This class will be only offered as a virtual broadcast through Seattle Children’s Facebook page and no in-person attendance will be permitted. If you are unable to join the lecture in person (when permitted), you can watch the live webcast from your own location in real time using Webex. Read how to use Webex (PDF). 

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
Webex meeting code and password:

  • Meeting code (access code): 800 101 192
  • Meeting password: autism

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.


  • The class tonight can be live-streamed using WebEx.
  • Read how to use Webex (PDF)
  • Meeting number (access code): 141 153 4913
  • Meeting password: autism

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

October 22, 2020
7 to 8:30 p.m.

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

The class will be live-streamed via WebEx
Read how to use Webex (PDF)
Meeting number (access code): 133 796 5262
Meeting password: autism101

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.