The Autism Blog

Inclusive Music: Sound Bites from the Alyssa Burnett Center

In our dominant culture, music is for the gifted and talented. A person must be thoroughly skilled in an art for them to be taken seriously and celebrated. TV shows like American Idol entertain viewers with failed auditions and celebrate a chosen few. In our culture, only the most skilled and able are rewarded for doing music. Read full post »

The V1ADUCT Clinical Trial for Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are currently looking for people to take part in V1ADUCT – a clinical trial that will assess an investigational drug to see if it can help adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) manage certain social and communication challenges a little better.

Adults with autism see, hear and feel the world in a unique way. We don’t want to change this. But sometimes, adults with autism may find certain situations challenging. So we’re developing an investigational drug to assess whether it can help adults with ASD manage certain social and communication challenges a little better.

To learn if the investigational drug works, we’re looking for 350 people to join the V1ADUCT clinical trial. Each one must (among other things):

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Have someone they see and speak to regularly, who is willing and able to be their ‘study partner’

To find out if you are eligible for this study, please visit the V1ADUCT WEBSITE

If you need additional information or answers to any questions about the study, please email Stacy Riffle, Research Coordinator: or call: 206-987-7502

Autism 200 Series Updated Class Information

The Autism 200 Series has made 3 changes to their 2020 class schedule:

Class details

Autism 201: The State of Autism in 2020
January 16, 2020: Instructors: Sara Jane Webb, PhD, Frederick Shic, PhD, Gary Stobbe, MD, Karen Bearss, PhD & Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP Read full post »

Learn. Thrive. Recreate. A Recreational Therapist’s Role in Leisure Pursuits

The beautiful thing about making a choice is the abundance of opportunities you and I get to practice making them every day. From the moment we wake up we are deciding Read full post »

Autism 101 Schedule With Updated Class Locations

Please note our updated locations for the Autism 101 classes

Autism 101 is a free lecture intended for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Lectures are held at Seattle Children’s Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the exception of our April 23rd class, which will be held at Seattle Children’s Autism Center

Lectures can be live-streamed using WebEx. For more information, please visit the Autism 101 class page.

 Autism 101 Schedule 2020

Jan. 23, 2020 Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s
Presenters: Rachel Earl, PhD & Valori Neiger MS, BCBA  – Webex Number (access code): 800 101 192 and Meeting Password: autism

Apr. 23, 2020 Location: Seattle Children’s Autism Center, parking is free.
Presenters: Karen Sporn, ARNP & Daisy Ma, MSW, Ed.S.

Jul. 23, 2020 Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s
Presenters: Jennifer Mannheim, ARNP & Andy Lupas, PhD

Oct. 22, 2020 Location: Room RC.3.905 near the River entrance                                              Presenters: David Camenisch, MD & Jim Mancini MS, CCC-SLP