autism 200The next Autism 200 Series lecture will be Thursday, April 18, 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 204: Supporting Speech, Language and Communications with Mobile Technology” will be led by Seattle Children’s Marci Revelli, a speech-language pathologist and augmentative/alternative communication specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Revelli will discuss how mobile technology can support a range of communication skills including speech production, language understanding, language use, and functional communication. Mobile technology can also provide opportunities to support children with their cognitive and academic growth and ability to play independently. This presentation will help parents and educators make informed decisions regarding the use of apps to support communication, including learning how to prioritize goals for mobile technology use, how to determine what apps will be the most successful for a specific child’s communication needs and how to place restrictions or limits to encourage appropriate app use for communication purposes. Different speech, language and communication apps will be demonstrated. A portion of this lecture will be dedicated to answering questions from the audience.

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.

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Seattle Children’s Autism Guild will host a social before the lecture at 6:30 and after at 8:30 for refreshments and dessert. This is an opportunity to meet other parents, learn about the Microsoft Bing Fund Hackathon and meet members of the guild. Learn how you can get involved. Reservations not necessary.

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.