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.

Location

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.

Contact

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

2019 Series Schedule

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2019
January 17, 2019
Instructor: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP
Read the presentation (PDF).
SMART handout (PDF)
Pathway to Progress presentation (PDF)

There were many developments in the areas of research and in the community in 2018. Join Jim Mancini from Seattle Children’s Autism Center for a facilitated discussion with special guests to recap 2018 and take a look ahead at 2019. Guests will include Drs. Sara Webb and Frederick Shic from the University of Washington to discuss highlights from the year in research as well as Arzu Forough from Washington Autism Advocacy Alliance and Amy Carlsen from the Washington State Medical Home Partnerships Project to discuss developments statewide and what to expect in the coming year. 

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

Interventions grounded in applied behavior analysis (ABA) have demonstrated effectiveness across a variety of individuals and behaviors especially within the treatment of autism. Decades of research support that ABA is an effective scientific methodology with an emphasis on teaching skills and reducing challenging behaviors. As ABA can be implemented in many different ways and the field has evolved over the last few decades, there are many types of treatment strategies supported by a large body of knowledge. As such, this can be confusing for parents, autistic individuals and other consumers outside of the field to navigate. This talk will provide an overview of the defining features of the science of ABA, provide an overview of some examples of how it can be applied and discuss quality indicators that can be used to evaluate ABA programs. It will also highlight some of the misconceptions and sources of confusion about ABA, including the origins of these issues as well as the response from the ABA field.  

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).

Much has been learned from neuroscience about brain development in ASD and underconnectivity impacting development of language and social communication. This work has been paradigm-shifting in that researchers have identified atypical patterns of neurodevelopment directly relating physiology and behavior, in which both can be influenced by specific treatment approaches. Eye-tracking studies help measure observable differences in social interaction and atypical patterns of arousal which impact social communication across levels of severity. This presentation reviews emerging eye-tracking research relating the visual pathway, attention and arousal with innovative visual teaching methods (VTM) targeting early-emerging and later-developing social language skills. 

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

Although psychiatric medications are not typically prescribed to help with most core symptoms of ASD, they can still be extremely useful in treatment and management of behavioral and emotional symptoms associated with ASD. These associated conditions include anxiety, attentional issues, depressed mood and behavioral disruptions, among others. The presentation will explore clinical situations in which psychiatric medications may be of benefit to individuals with ASD, and how these treatments may be integrated into the overall treatment plans of those individuals. A panel consisting of several psychiatrists expert in managing psychiatric care of individuals with ASD will provide different perspectives on treatment approach.

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).

Individuals may identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex at birth or may not identify with traditional definitions of male or female genders. Given societal pressures for gender conformity, gender diverse children, adolescents and young adults may face particular challenges navigating their communities in a way that feels true to their affirmed gender identity, which can cause significant distress and mental health risks. The experience of being gender diverse in the context of autism is not well understood at this time, and is an area of important study for researchers and clinicians looking to provide personalized, gender-affirming care to patients and their families. We will review what is currently known about gender identity development for individuals with autism, balanced gender-affirming healthcare considerations and supports for patients and families. We will also discuss community resources and self-advocacy for those navigating gender diversity and autism.

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).

Although autistic adults have identified an urgent need to address autistic burnout – a near-total exhaustion, sense of hopelessness and detachment and loss of function in daily life (sometimes called autistic regression) – research on burnout and autism has focused on caregiver and provider burnout. The Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), a long-standing community based participatory research partnership, has begun new research in this area. This presentation will first provide an understanding of the characteristics and experience of autistic burnout, and how it impacts people’s lives. Then we will discuss its potential causes, including prolonged masking of autistic traits. Lastly we will offer suggestions for preventing or reducing autistic burnout, and conclude with implications for healthcare and service providers.

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

People with developmental disorders are at an increased risk of abuse and neglect. This population also appears to be an increased risk of exposure to intimate partner violence in childhood, which can produce lasting effects. At the same time, post-traumatic stress can be very difficult to detect and treat among developmentally delayed adults. This presentation will outline primary risks, as well as recommendations for assessment and treatment of trauma and neglect in adults with developmental disorders.

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).

When faced with a crisis, where do individuals with severe autism and IDD turn for support, treatment, services and stabilization? Many individuals with autism who have complex mental health or significant behavioral challenges are not being served by current crisis services. The lack of space, being held in emergency rooms or being transferred to inappropriate inpatient psychiatric facilities are just a few of the alarming concerns. This panel discussion will include multiple state and community organizations and take a closer look at crisis services – what is available; what are the challenges, gaps and barriers; and what should be done to provide prevention and intervention services to people with IDD and/or autism experiencing crisis, challenging behaviors and mental health emergency. This presentation will focus on crisis support for the individuals enrolled in or eligible for DDA. Stay tuned – we plan to hold an Autism 200 in 2020 that will address the state of crisis stabilization services for autistic individuals who do not meet DDA eligibility criteria. 

Autism 209: Managing Autism
October 17, 2019
Instructor: Karen Sporn, ARNP
Read the presentation (PDF).

Our goal as nurse practitioners is to support your child’s health and well-being, by being a partner with you in their autism care planning. In this presentation a panel will discuss what our role as nurse practitioners entails, including developmental monitoring; autism-related health assessment and treatment recommendations; medication consultation and management; and coordination of care and services.  

Autism 210: A Panel Discussion: Perspectives from the Autism Community
November 21, 2019
Facilitator: Gary Stobbe, MD

If you’ve met one person with autism… you’ve met one person with autism. The autism spectrum is wide and encompasses a vast array of unique, diverse and amazing individuals, each with their own distinct set of skills, challenges and abilities. Please join us for an panel discussion as we seek to understand and explore the many views, perspectives and lived experiences of autistics, advocates, parents and professionals who serve the autism community with the hope of building continued respect, dignity and collaboration. 

Resources

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.