Author: Erin Easley

Free Autism 101 class this Thursday

Please join us this Thursday, January 26, 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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Autism and Giving Feedback to Providers

We hope that you found our series on the emergency department, hospitalization and insurance helpful. One resounding note in each of the interviews we did was the critical role that families play in the care of their child, particularly in the emergency department or hospital. Today we turn our focus to ways in which families can share their experiences, both good and not so good, with various Seattle Children’s systems of care (including emergency department, inpatient hospitalization, and outpatient clinics) and get a response to questions and concerns. Providers need family feedback. We need to hear from you how to best care for your child within the constraints we face. Read full post »

Autism and Things We Would All Rather Not Think About

The first part in a series on the emergency department, hospitalization and insurance

Today we begin a series of blogs on topics that none of us likes to think about. The daily challenges autism brings are plenty enough to keep loved ones on their toes. Our experience with hundreds of families though, tells us that there is value in discussing circumstances that you hope will never ever happen to your child . . . just in case . . . Read full post »

Welcome to The Autism Blog

April is Autism Awareness Month and with 1 in 110 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, we are perhaps too acutely aware. In spite of advancements in research and clinical care, there is still much we don’t know about autism. Parents and caregivers must sift through confusing, often conflicting information about everything from diagnosis to therapies. In an effort to make life a little easier, we at Seattle Children’s Autism Center want to offer a provider’s perspective on various topics relevant to parenting a child with autism. Read full post »