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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

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

Ask Dr. Emily – Autism and Age Appropriate Interests

Welcome to the March edition of Ask Dr. Emily.

Ask Dr. Emily is a monthly series on The Autism Blog where Dr. Emily Neuhaus, a clinical psychologist at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, answers a reader’s question.

We often receive questions that we want to share with all our readers. We welcome you to send us your questions and Dr. Neuhaus will do her best to answer them each month. Send your questions to theautismblog@seattlechildrens.org.

This month, Dr. Emily answers a reader’s question about age-appropriate interests for their child with autism and severe intellectual disability.
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Autism 203: ABA – What Parents Need To Know

Please join us for Autism 203: ABA – What Parents Need To Know, on March 18, 2021, a virtual panel presentation about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Presenters:

  • Katherine Bateman, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA is a Research Scientist and Project Director in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington
  • Ilene Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D is a professor of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education at the University of Washington
  • Mendy Minjarez, PhD, is Executive Director, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Washington, Director, Applied Behavior Analysis Early Intervention Program, Seattle Children’s Autism Center
  • Nancy Rosenberg, PhD, BCBA-D is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Special Education department at the University of Washington and the Director of the UW Applied Behavior Analysis program

Intervention using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long been considered an effective and gold standard treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, ABA is frequently misunderstood. Perceptions of ABA have recently been a “hot button” issue, due to reports that this intervention can lead to trauma. In addition, ABA advocates and members of the neurodiversity movement have sometimes been at odds, the former advocating for intensive treatment and the latter arguing that autism must be accepted as a form of diversity. This mixed information can be confusing for parents who are striving to choose the best therapeutic interventions for their child with ASD. This presentation will explore these perceptions of ABA and provide clarification of the scientific evidence for various claims, with the goal of helping parents navigate the confusion and controversy and confidently identify the best therapeutic intervention for their child and family.

This panel presentation will include:

• Brief overview of ABA including different applications of ABA (parent education, social skills, 1:1 intensive intervention, etc.)
• Brief overview of scientific evidence for ABA
• Discussion of benefits and criticisms of ABA for children with ASD and related disorders
• How parents can become educated consumers of ABA
• ABA and neurodiversity

Date: March 18, 2020

Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. PT

Registration is not required

Watch live on Seattle Children’s Facebook page.

The event will start at 7:00 p.m. and will include time for questions at the end of the presentation.

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.

Two Presentations Focus On Perspectives Related To Severe Autism

One of the purposes of Autism 200 is to present many of the different perspectives that exist across the wide autism spectrum. 

We at Seattle Children’s are strong advocates for empowerment and celebrate the many individual and collective voices that have been raised within the autism community.  Listening to autistic self-advocates has informed our care as providers and changed how we communicate to families.  We always strive to presume competence in all people with autism and the advent of assistive technology has given many individuals the capability of sharing their voices.  This has been a tremendous advance and benefit for our community.

There is still a population within the autism community whose voice is rarely heard.  Individuals with severe intellectual, communication and behavioral deficits who have not responded well to the therapeutic interventions available and the families who care and advocate for them.  Many of these families have spent a lifetime attempting to teach communication, adaptive behavior and self-advocacy skills.  Who speaks for these individuals better than those families who are forced to advocate for them?

The Arc of King County recently announced a presentation entitled Unmasking the Rhetoric of Severe Autism.  The date of this presentation is scheduled for February 18 which coincides with the Autism 200 class entitled A Voice for Severe Autism.  We are pleased to promote both of these presentations which will provide valuable information for families.

These presentations provide two different perspectives that deserve to be heard. One is that of individuals and their families with high support needs who have responded to therapeutic interventions and benefit from assistive technology.  They have found their voice and can advocate for themselves in many ways.  We celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals and want to hear their stories.  The second is from the perspective of those who love and care for those who have not responded to interventions and advances in technology, who speak and advocate on their loved one’s behalf.   

It is our hope that these perspectives can co-exist as everyone strives to understand the perspectives of all within the autism community.  Information related to both presentations can be found below:

 

Autism 202: A Voice for Severe Autism

Seattle Children’s Autism Center

Thursday, February 18, 2021

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Registration not required

View via Facebook Live at Seattle Children’s Facebook page.

The event will start at 7:00 p.m.

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

 

Unmasking the Rhetoric of Severe Autism

The Arc of King County

Thursday, February 18, 2021

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Register to receive a link:

https://forms.gle/wvLuwzVsRFWLjAXT6