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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 »

What Are Explicit Visual Teaching Methods and What Can We Learn from Eye-tracking Research?

Studies involving the visual pathway in ASD offer a window into a better understanding of how the brain processes visual information, and how arousal affects the ability to attend to cues in the environment.

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Autism 203:  The Visual Pathway in ASD: Explicit Teaching Methods to Promote Social Communication

This month’s Autism 200 series class is Autism 203:  The Visual Pathway in ASD: Explicit Teaching Methods to Promote Social Communication

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Food As Connection

I decided when I was about my daughter’s age, that food rules all. It’s the great connector of people. Through our experiences, hearing the stories of those since passed, creating magic in the kitchen, and sharing that around the table is how we are able to learn, grow, heal, and connect as a species. Read full post »

Autism 202: Best Practices in ASD Treatment: Applied Behavior Analysis Update

This month’s Autism 200 series class is Autism 202:  Best Practices in ASD Treatment: Applied Behavior Analysis Update

Instructors: Mendy Minjarez, PhD, and Elizabeth Hatzenbuhler, MS, BCBA

Interventions grounded in applied behavior analysis (ABA) have demonstrated effectiveness across a variety of individuals and behaviors especially within the treatment of autism. Decades of research support that ABA is an effective scientific methodology with an emphasis on teaching skills and reducing challenging behaviors. As ABA can be implemented in many different ways and the field has evolved over the last few decades, there are many types of treatment strategies supported by a large body of knowledge. As such, this can be confusing for parents, autistic individuals and other consumers outside of the field to navigate. This talk will provide an overview of the defining features of the science of ABA, provide an overview of some examples of how it can be applied and discuss quality indicators that can be used to evaluate ABA programs. It will also highlight some of the misconceptions and sources of confusion about ABA, including the origins of these issues as well as the response from the ABA field.  

This class will be held Thursday, February 21, 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.