Child Development and Parenting

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.


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 email 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.


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

2020 Series Schedule

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2020
January 16, 2020
Instructors: Sara Jane Webb, PhD; Frederick Shic, PhD; Gary Stobbe, MD; Karen Bearss, PhD; and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP 
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 202: Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder
February 20, 2020
Presenter: Mendy Minjarez, PhD

Autism 203: Recognizing and Treating Trauma-Related Symptoms in Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder
March 19, 2020
Presenter: Molly Cevasco, PhD

Autism 204: Mood and Anxiety in Autism
April 16, 2020
Presenters: Stephanie Pickering, PhD; Rachel Earl, PhD; and Soo-Jeong Kim, MD

Autism 205: Being an Ally to Your Autistic Teen, and Guiding Them to Be an Ally to Others
May 21, 2020
Moderator: Jennifer St. Cyr, MSW, parent group facilitator
Presenters: Hodan Mohammed, program manager; Celeste Rashaan, community organizer; ChrisTiana ObeySumner, intersectional justice advocate; Ben Wahl, program founder; Shayla Collins, mindfulness coach; and Jay Pierce, teen self-advocate

Autism 206: Mental Health and Autistic Adults With Intellectual Impairment
July 16, 2020
Presenters: David O’Neal, director of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program at Sound Mental Health; Melanie Streight, intensive case manager/supervisor, DDA; and Dan Peterson, mental health resource manager, DDA

Autism 207: Mental Health and Autistic Adults Without Intellectual Impairment
August 20, 2020
Presenters: Rosalind Oti, PhD, Child and Adolescent Psychological Services of Seattle; Ben Wahl, MSW, program director, Aspiring Youth; and Natasha Harrington, PhD, UW Autism Center

Autism 208: How to Access and Implement ABA Services in Schools
September 17, 2020
Presenters: Arzu Forough, executive director of WAAA; and Elizabeth Hatzenbuhler, MS, BCBA

Autism 209: Crisis Supports for Autistic Individuals Without Intellectual Impairment
October 15, 2020
Moderator: Gary Stobbe, MD
Panelists: To be announced Summer 2020

Autism 210: A Panel Discussion: Multi-Cultural Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder

November 19, 2020
Moderator: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP
Presenters from the following groups will participate: Vietnamese Family Autism Advisory BoardSomali Health BoardArc of King County


2019 lectures

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2019
January 17, 2019
Instructor: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP

Autism 202: Best Practices in ASD Treatment: Applied Behavior Analysis Update
February 21, 2019
Instructors: Mendy Minjarez, PhD, and Elizabeth Hatzenbuhler, MS, BCBA

Autism 203: The Visual Pathway in ASD: Explicit Teaching Methods to Promote Social Communication
March 21, 2019
Instructor: Georgina Lynch, PhD
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 204: Perspectives on Psychiatric Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
April 18, 2019
Instructor: Hower Kwon, MD
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 205: Gender Diversity and Autism: Exploring Identity, Healthcare and Advocacy
May 16, 2019
Instructors: Felice Orlich, PhD, and Rachel Earl, PhD
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood – “My Physical Body and Mind Started Shutting Down”: Autistic Burnout and the Costs of Coping and Passing
July 18, 2019
Instructor: Dora Raymaker, PhD
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood – Abuse and Neglect of Adults with Developmental Disorders
August 15, 2019
Instructor: Rachel Loftin, PhD
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 208: Crisis Support and Autism for Complex Behavioral and Mental Health Needs
September 19, 2019
Facilitator: Eric Boelter, PhD, BCBA-D
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 209: Autism Care Planning: Recommended Interventions, Resources and Support
October 17, 2019
Instructor: Karen Sporn, ARNP
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 210: A Panel Discussion: Perspectives from the Autism Community
November 21, 2019
Facilitator: Gary Stobbe, MD
Read the presentation (PDF).

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
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
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
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 205: Inclusion: What’s Working and What’s Next? – A Panel Discussion
May 17, 2018
Facilitator: Kimberly Corrigan
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 206: Transition to Adulthood: Housing Options – A Panel Discussion
July 19, 2018
Facilitator: Rose Yu, MA, MBA
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 207: Transition to Adulthood: Behavioral Support for Adults
August 16, 2018
Instructor: Monica Meyer
Read the presentation (PDF).

Autism 208: Hiding in Plain Sight: Girls With Autism Spectrum Disorder
September 20, 2018
Instructors: Sara Webb, PhD, and Karen Barnes, PhD

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

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
Read the presentation (PDF).

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.