Archive for April 2018

Monthly Archive

CDC Prevalence Estimates for Autism Rise to 1 in 59

Today the latest report from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network was released. The ADDM is a surveillance network focused on following the prevalence of ASD. With the establishment of this network, we’ve been able to actually look at the prevalence rate of autism by estimating the rate from 8-year old children in 11 states across the U.S using the same approach each year. What is important about this approach is that prior to the establishment of this network, we were comparing prevalence estimates using different methodologies. We were essentially comparing apples to oranges, which made it difficult to draw conclusions about the rate of autism. With this network we’re able to compare apples to apples.

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Ask Dr. Emily – Broccoli and Therapy Dogs


Welcome to the April edition of Ask Dr. Emily!

We often receive questions that we want to share with all our readers. To help with this,  Dr. Emily Rastall, a clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, will share insights in a question and answer format.

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Autism 204: Powerful Partnerships – Strategies for Navigating the Family-School Relationship

This month’s Autism 200 Series class  “Autism 204: Powerful Partnerships: Strategies for Navigating the Family/School Relationship” will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Instructors: Carrie Basas, JD, MEd, and Rose Spidell, JD, Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds; and Mariam Araujo, PhD

Development of a strong educational plan involves development of a collaborative relationship between parents and schools. Members of the Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) and Dr. Mariam Araujo will provide strategies for navigating difficult conversations and conflicts with schools when students have disabilities. Topics to be discussed include fostering positive communication and relationships with school and what to do when that situation changes, setting and sharing goals for your child’s education, preparing for meetings and maintaining student records.

Science with Sara – Ultrasound and Autism

A recent article published in JAMA Pediatrics (2018; Associations of Prenatal Ultrasound and Autism Spectrum Disorders[i])  has re-drawn attention to ultrasound as a potential factor that may cause ASD. My colleague Dr. Pierre Mourad and I want to take a moment to highlight some thoughts about this research.

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What’s Your Word? MyIntent Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

What’s Your Word?  The amazing folks at MyIntent.org have generously offered to give 35% of proceeds to the Autism Center during the month of April, Autism Awareness month.  Read full post »