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Till We Meet Again: On Retiring from The Autism Center and Blog

I remember telling Dr. Cowan when he gave us the diagnosis that it felt as if we’d been inducted into a club to which we did not want to belong. I’d have given my right arm not to be told she had a serious neuro-developmental disorder. That was 18 years ago when we talked about “cure” in the small circle of parents and providers living with and serving children with autism.

Seattle Children’s offered no services other than diagnostic evaluation and did not yet endorse ABA. There were only a handful of ABA providers in the state and insurance didn’t’ cover it so parents took out second mortgages, held fundraisers, went into debt Read full post »

The Autism Blogcast – February Edition

News Flash: The February edition of The Autism Blogcast, featuring autism experts Raphael Bernier, PhD and James Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP.

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Next Week’s Autism 200 Series Class – Autism 202: But I Don’t Wanna Go To School

Please join us next week for the next class in the 2018 Autism 200 series schedule.

Autism 202: But I Don’t Wanna go to School: Strategies for Addressing School Avoidance

Date: February 15, 2018
Instructor: Kendra Read, PhD

School avoidance is a common issue with children with autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will provide Read full post »

Free Autism 101 Class this Thursday January 25

Please join us this Thursday, January 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Seattle Children’s Hospital for our free quarterly lecture, Autism 101. Autism 101 is intended for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this free lecture, participants will learn about:

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Mindful Monday – Connecting in the Real World

We’re all so busy that it’s easy to move through our day without really noticing those around us.

We walk down the street, phones in hand, spending more and more time in a virtual world. We rush from one appointment to the next, barely acknowledging each other. It’s easy to come across as aloof or even a bit grumpy as we hide out and hang out behind our screens.

Here’s a quick and easy mindfulness practice to help us feel more connected in the real world:

Set an intention today to connect with someone in person. No phones or computers allowed! As you walk down the hall, stop and say hello to someone. As you walk down the street, smile at a stranger. As you approach a door, hold it open for the person behind you.

That’s it. Give it a try and you might find that your day seems just a bit better. And who doesn’t need that?