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Autism 200 Series: Transition to Adulthood: Abuse & Neglect of Adults with Developmental Disorders

Please join us for Autism 207, the second of a 2 part series: “Transition to Adulthood”. People with developmental disorders are at an increased risk of abuse and neglect. This population also appears to be at an increased risk of exposure to intimate partner violence in childhood, which can produce lasting effects. At the same time, post-traumatic stress can be very difficult to detect and treat among developmentally delayed adults. This presentation will outline primary risks, as well as recommendations for assessment and treatment of trauma and neglect in adults with autism and developmental disorders.

 

Rachel L. Loftin, PhD, is a clinical and school psychologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has extensive experience in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention to help promote positive outcomes for people with ASD. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Loftin has been involved in cases involving special education, family, criminal, and civil law. She has particular expertise working with people with autism, intellectual disability, and other conditions that can increase social vulnerability and complicate interactions with law enforcement. Dr. Loftin’s clinical-research interests include interventions to increase independent function in young adults, strategies for increasing self-monitoring, transition to adulthood, and sexuality education and sexual identity in people with ASD.
Dr. Loftin is adjunct faculty in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Department at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and in the Psychiatry Department of the Yale School of Medicine

Class Schedule: This class will be held Thursday, August 15, 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 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

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