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Free Autism 101 Class This Thursday

Please join us this Thursday, April 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Seattle Children’s Hospital for our free quarterly lecture, Autism 101. Autism 101 is intended for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 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

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The Autism Blog turns 6!

Another year has come and gone and we have much to celebrate. First, our thanks to you, our 1000+ subscribers who let us know you find the information in our posts meaningful to your lives. 

Next, thanks to our providers and to our guest authors who take time from their busy schedules to write or film content for a blog. A special thanks to Kylie for filming Raphe and Jim for our blogcast and to Emily for her Ask Dr. Emily blog column. We’re a small but dedicated team and we look forward to another productive and successful year ahead.

 For the second year in a row Healthline has named our blog as a top Autism Blog!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Voice Matters: Life with Autism

For years I have worked tirelessly to give my voice to autism, both through training providers about family-centered care and training parents to become advocates for themselves and their children.  I have always tried to capture my son Josh’s story accurately, and have struggled with feeling authentic.  Do I share my story or his? 

 

When Josh became a teenager he no longer wanted me to share his story, so I worked at refining mine. When I was unable to do that, I stepped away from speaking publically about autism. 

Our journey has been quite an adventure!  Many ups and downs and everything in between.

In January Josh decided to make a video about his struggles with autism.  He presented his story to the entire student body at a Martin Luther King assembly at his high school, Nathan Hale.  His voice speaks volumes more than I ever could. 

Thank you, Josh.  I’m so proud of you!   Keep talking…your voice matters!             

 

Parent Training to Address Problem Behaviors of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder- This Month’s Autism 200 Class

This month’s Autism 200 Series class  “Parent Training to Address Problem Behaviors of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder” will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

These classes are designed for parents, teachers and caregivers. The topics associated with the majority of classes are applicable to all age ranges and for a wide variety of children diagnosed with autism.

As many as 50% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit behavioral problems such as tantrums, noncompliance, and aggression. These behaviors interfere with the performance of daily living skills and may also amplify caregiver stress.

“I feel like I am walking on eggshells, worrying that the next thing I do is going to set my child off”

“All those strategies that worked with my other child(ren) don’t seem to work with her.”

The challenges parents face in raising a child with ASD has sparked interest in the use of parent training in this population, as it empowers parents to be the agent of change for their child. This presentation will review the prevalence and impact of disruptive behaviors in ASD and how parent training is a promising line of treatment for these challenging behaviors and will provide specific tips and strategies to dealing with disruptive behaviors.   Instructor for this class will be Karen Bearss, Ph.D.

Mindful Monday – Color Me Calm

 

One easy way to help self-regulate when feeling overwhelmed with a flood of thoughts or feelings is have a focal point to help screen out the brain clutter. A mantra (word repeated over and over) in meditation serves this purpose. How about when you’re in the midst of your busy day and can’t take a break to sit and meditate? Try a mini-meditation!

A focal point might be a repeated word (“driving”, “breathing”) or it could be a color (such as green or blue when you feel a need for calm, yellow when you need focus) or it could be a sound (a bell or chime) to gently remind you to slow down in mind and body. Give it a try!