Child Development and Parenting

Conversations About Autism

Conversations About Autism is a series of 60-minute live-streamed sessions created for providers and caregivers of children with autism who wish to better understand the autism spectrum. In these sessions, experts and advocates from our region share their knowledge and perspectives on autism as well as helpful tips for supporting a child, adolescent or young adult with autism.

These sessions take place on the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. Pacific time and the recordings are posted on our YouTube channel for future viewing for those interested in the series.

2023 Seminar Series

January 19: Keeping Autistics Safe

February 16: Support for Fathers of Autistics

March 16: Tips for Toileting

April 20: Talking to Your Kids About Their Diagnosis of Autism

May 18: Supporting Siblings Both On and Off the Spectrum

July 20: Framing Your Definitions of Success

August 17: Thriving on the Autism and Gender Spectrums (Postponed until 2024)

We are postponing this session until 2024. In the meantime, here are some related resources to explore:

  1. Co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  2. Gender Diversity and Autism: Exploring Identity, Healthcare and Advocacy (Video. 1:25:29)
  3. Information & Reading Materials on Relationships & Sexuality & Gender (The Arc of King County)
  4. Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A guide for professionals and families (Book by Finn Gratton)

September 21: School Speech Therapy

October 19: Managing Sleep Challenges

November 16: Depression and Suicide Awareness

Watch Online

You can live-stream classes on YouTube on Seattle Children’s YouTube page or on Facebook Live on Seattle Children’s Facebook page. After you have watched the class, please provide feedback by taking our class survey (this should take just a few minutes to complete). You can also email your feedback directly to us at conversationsaboutautism@seattlechildrens.org.

If you are with a school, community organization or group who would like to host a community event and would like to discuss other teleconferencing options, please email us.

Contact

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

View Past Lectures

Live-streamed sessions are recorded and can be viewed following the livestream on the Conversations About Autism Series YouTube Playlist.

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.