autism 200The next Autism 200 Series lecture will be Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7-8:30 pm. 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.

This month’s class “Autism 205: Legal Planning for Individuals with Disabilities: Guardianship, Public Benefits and Estate Planning” will be led by Joshua L. Brothers, JD, and Christopher Henderson, JD from the Dussault Law Group. Brothers and Henderson will provide an overview of the most significant legal planning and public benefits issues that face families and individuals who experience autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities and how those areas interact. The topics covered will include a) planning for an adult who needs the protection of a legal guardianship, power of attorney or other decision-making assistance, b) the most common public benefits that may be available for those experiencing disability, and c) the unique elements of estate planning, trusts and wills necessary to plan for individuals who experience disabilities, including, but not limited to, special needs trusts.

There is no need to register in advance to attend. Classes are open to the general public. If you cannot attend in person, lectures are available to view from our video and teleconferencing sites at various locations throughout Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Oregon.

View Past 2013 200 Series Lectures:

Autism 201: State of Autism in 2013
Instructor: Charles Cowan, MD

Dr. Charles Cowan, developmental pediatrician and Clinic Director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center will discuss current understanding regarding autism spectrum disorders in 2013. Dr. Cowan will discuss recent developments in research, expected changes to the DSM-V, and issues and progress made on the community and state levels in our region.

Autism 202: Addressing Challenging Behaviors: Strategies for Families
Instructor: Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA

Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA, special educator and behavioral specialist from the University of Washington, will present a Positive Behavior Support approach to addressing challenging behaviors in children on the autism spectrum. Topics will include the importance of understanding the function of a child’s behavior, a toolkit of key strategies for preventing problem behaviors and techniques for teaching replacement behaviors.

Autism 204: Supporting Speech, Language and Communications with Mobile Technology

Instructor: Marci Revelli, MS, CCC-SLP

Marci Revelli, MS, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist and augmentative/alternative communication specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will discuss how mobile technology can support a range of communication skills, including speech production, language understanding, language use and functional communication.