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Autism 200 Series: Transition to Adulthood – Autistic Burnout

This month’s Autism 200 series class is Autism 206, the first of a 2-part series: Transition to Adulthood: “My physical body and mind started shutting down”: Autistic burnout and the costs of coping and passing.

Instructor: Dora Raymaker, PhD

Although autistic adults have identified an urgent need to address autistic burnout – a near-total exhaustion, sense of hopelessness and detachment and loss of function in daily life (sometimes called autistic regression) – research on burnout and autism has focused on caregiver and provider burnout. The Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), a long-standing community based participatory research partnership, has begun new research in this area. This presentation will first provide an understanding of the characteristics and experience of autistic burnout, and how it impacts people’s lives. Then we will discuss its potential causes, including prolonged masking of autistic traits. Lastly we will offer suggestions for preventing or reducing autistic burnout, and conclude with implications for healthcare and service providers.

Class Schedule: This class will be held Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please join us in person or watch on Facebook live. For more information see the  Autism 200 Series webpage.

Autism 205: Gender Diversity and Autism

This month’s Autism 200 series class is Autism 205: Gender Diversity and Autism: Exploring Identity, Healthcare and Advocacy

Instructors: Felice Orlich, PhD and Rachel Earl, PhD

Individuals may identify with a gender that is different from their assigned sex at birth or may not identify with traditional definitions of male or female genders. Given societal pressures for gender conformity, gender diverse children, adolescents and young adults may face particular challenges navigating their communities in a way that feels true to their affirmed gender identity, which can cause significant distress and mental health risks. The experience of being gender diverse in the context of autism is not well understood at this time, and is an area of important study for researchers and clinicians looking to provide personalized, gender-affirming care to patients and their families. We will review what is currently known about gender identity development for individuals with autism, balanced gender-affirming healthcare considerations and supports for patients and families. We will also discuss community resources and self-advocacy for those navigating gender diversity and autism.

Class Schedule: This class will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Please join us in person or watch on Facebook live. For more information see the  Autism 200 Series webpage.

Getting An Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis – A Podcast

What to do when waiting for an autism evaluation? Pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and Jim Mancini, a speech-language pathologist and coordinator of parent education and support at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, discuss the autism diagnosis process. Mancini shares his tips and recommendations for parents who may be on long wait lists.

 

Autism 204: Perspectives on Psychiatric Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

This month’s Autism 200 series class is Autism 204: Perspectives on Psychiatric Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Instructor: Hower Kwon, MD

Although psychiatric medications are not typically prescribed Read full post »

Today is World Autism Acceptance Day

Today, this month and always, we at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center celebrate Autism Acceptance and Inclusion.

We look to this day and month to encourage people and communities across the world to take time to learn about the breadth of what autism can ‘look’ like, to understand that Autism Spectrum Disorders Read full post »