The Autism Blog

Autism 205: Selective Eating in Children with Autism

Please join us for Autism 205: Selective Eating in Children with Autism 

Seattle Children’s Pediatric Feeding Program Clinical Dieticians Kim Nowak Cooperman, Lisa Holman and Lauren Mozer will provide an overview of the eating issues commonly seen in children with autism, with a focus on food selectivity (picky eating). They will also discuss nutrition risks commonly seen in selective eaters, the ways in which nutrition can play a role in working with other members of your child’s care team and first steps parents or caregivers can take in supporting their child nutritionally. Contributions to this presentation were made from Danielle Dolezal, PhD, BcBA who runs the Pediatric Feeding Program at Seattle Children’s Autism Center.

Date: May 20, 2021

Time: 7-8:30 pm PT

Registration is not required

Watch live on Seattle Children’s Facebook page

Following the presentation, it can be viewed on Seattle Children’s Facebook and will be added to Seattle Children’s Autism 200 YouTube channel within two weeks of the lecture date.

Presenters:

Kim Nowak-Cooperman, MS, RD, CD

Lisa Holman, MS, RD, CD

Lauren Mozer, MPH, RD, CD

The CARR Study – Impact of COVID-19 On Emotional Health

CARR Study (COVID-Associated Risk and Resilience)

Researchers at Seattle Children’s want to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the emotional health of children and teens. This research study is for kids and parents.

Research is always voluntary!

This study might be a good fit for you if your child or teen is between 8 and 14 years old, and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, or none of these.

If you decide to take part in the research study, you and your child would fill out online surveys every 6 months for 2 years. Surveys focus on children’s feelings and behaviors, and on the ways COVID-19 might affect them.

Families who take part can choose to enter drawings for gift cards to thank them for their time.

 To take part in the CARR research study or for more information, please contact our study team at CARRstudy@seattlechildrens.org or by phone at 206-884-8256.

Please note: If you choose to comment or share this post, that may be visible to other people. Anything you might post is also subject to the policies governing this site and is outside the control of our research team.

CARR Study Flyer  CARR Study – Recruitment flyer

Autism 204: Supporting Community in Central & Eastern Washington

Please join us for Autism 204: Supporting the Autism Community in Central and Eastern Washington

April 15, 2021 7-8:30 pm

Welcome to the 1st ever Autism 200 class for individuals and families living in central and eastern Washington; presented by Central/Eastern Washington providers, professionals, parents and advocates.  

This virtual panel presentation will provide information about the unique issues and support available for the autism community in central and eastern Washington.  Topics that will be discussed include getting an evaluation and diagnosis, supports for families following a diagnosis, advocacy and communication with the public schools, available therapies including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), autistic advocate and parent perspectives, and information related to resources. 

Date: April 15, 2021

Time: 7-8:30 pm PT

Registration is not required

Watch live on Seattle Children’s Facebook page

Following the presentation, it can be viewed on Seattle Children’s Facebook and will be added to Seattle Children’s Autism 200 YouTube channel within two weeks of the lecture date.

Moderator: Tracie Hoppis, Children’s Village, YakimaState Coordinator for Parent to Parent Program and lead for Yakima County Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

Speakers and Topics:

Jill Bross, MD, FAAP Parkview Medical Group, Grant County Getting an Evaluation and Diagnosis – what do you need to know

Melissa Brooks, RN, Parent to Parent Coordinator, the Arc of Tri-Cities Parent and Family Perspective

Tracie Hoppis, Washington State Parent to Parent Network Coordinator, Supervisor for Yakima County Children with Special Health Care Needs Program and Yakima County Parent to Parent, Parent-  Children’s Village, Yakima Where/how to get family support following the diagnosis 

Maria Pulido, Community Health Worker, Parent to Parent and Children with Special Health Care Needs Program- Children’s Village, Yakima  Barriers/considerations for Hispanic families and tips for getting what you need 

Lori Garcia, MSW, Family Resources Coordinator and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program Coordinator, Children’s Village, Yakima Supports available from Early Supports for Infant and Toddlers (ESIT) Program and CYSHCN public health programs

Sharon Loudon, Autism Consultant, Educational Service District (ESD) 105, Yakima How schools can help- ESD 105 model and general services/supports you can ask for in any district

Dana Stevens, ABD, BCBA, LBA, Director, Training and Education and Chief Clinical Advisor Northwest Autism Center, Spokane What’s ABA therapy, what to do while waiting for it

John Lemus, UW LEND Program, Vice President – Spokane Chapter of People First of WA An Autistic perspective- what’s important for parents and providers to understand about the lived autistic experience and how to support autistic individuals

 

Here is a link to the slideshow: Autism 204 Slides

The Gift of My Brother

Yoav laughing after telling a pun on his 52nd birthday

Yoav cracking himself up telling a pun on his 52nd birthday

As we continue our month-long celebration of Autism Awareness and Inclusion, we are excited to feature the powerful perspective of a loving sibling and their families journey with autism.  This piece is a potent reminder of special sibling relationships, the power of inclusion in the community and the brightness individuals with ASD such as Yoav bring to our world. Read full post »

Autism Guided Me Through A Pandemic

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children annually, which represents a 10% increase over 2014.

All this month we celebrate and shine a light on all individuals with ASD and their families for the beauty and light they bring into our world. We welcome guest author Nicole Gorman, M.Ed. from the Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center. Read full post »