The Autism Blog

Research Opportunity – WONDER Study

Welcome to our series on research. We continue with information about the WONDER study.

Seattle Children’s researchers want to better understand social brain development in infants during the first three years of life. Drs. Fred Shic and Sara Jane Webb, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, are the coinvestigators of this study.

Who can join the study? Families with an infant under the age of 14 months with an older biological sibling (whole or half) with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and who use English as a primary language.

What will the study involve? Over the course of 3 years, there will be 4-5 in-person study visits at our West 8th research lab in Seattle. During the visits, researchers will record brain activity and eye movement while showing your child pictures and videos and engage your child in play-based activities to monitor their development. Feedback about your child’s performance on developmental assessments will be provided. One caregiver will be asked to complete questionnaires around the same time as the study visits, and 3-4 phone interviews over the course of the study.

How long will it take? Study visits will vary in length from 1- 2 ½ hours. Phone interviews and questionnaires will last approximately 1-2 hours. Appointments will be scheduled at a time that works well for your family.

What is the compensation? Families may receive up to $410-$425 by the end of the study for completing all the study activities. Children will receive a small toy at each visit. Parking validation is provided.

Interested of have questions? Contact the study team at [email protected], (206) 884-WNDR or through the Wonder Contact form here.

SPARK – Register Now for Autism Research

Seattle Children’s Autism Center is partnered with the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) to create the nation’s largest online autism study. We want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives.

  • Individuals with autism (including adults), biological parents and siblings are encouraged to participate.
    Registration is easy and can be done entirely online.
  • Participants provide a saliva sample using a collection kit shipped to their home, complete surveys, and may be invited to participate in other studies that are relevant to them.
  • Participants will receive a gift card code, valued at up to $50, once they’ve completed registration and returned samples.
  • Thank you to Seattle Children’s Autism Center for your support of SPARK. 3738 patients at SCAC are participants in SPARK. 23 providers have helped refer participants to SPARK.

Autism 210: Multicultural Perspectives on Autism

Please join us for Autism 210: A Panel Discussion: Multicultural Perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder on November 19, 2020

Moderator: Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP, Seattle Children’s Autism Center Read full post »

Wizards of the Coast Making Magic

The Wizards of the Coast are making magic for Seattle Children’s Autism Center plus the Extra Life Guild.

It’s that time of year again! Wizards of the Coast is proud to be raising funds for Extra Life, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital and we could not be more thrilled! Read full post »

The Festival of Trees Gala

Hello Seattle Children’s Autism Center Community! It’s hard to believe, but we are nearing the time of our annual fundraising auction once again.

The Festival of Trees Gala ( is a lovely event that typically takes place in person at the Fairmount Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle every November. As with most events in 2020, the gala will be virtual this year- and while very different from any other year, the silver lining is that there is no limit to how many people can attend and there is no cost to register! This event has helped raise nearly $200,000 annually for our center in years past and we hope in this current climate we can continue to meet our philanthropy goals! This event also typically raises an additional $200,000 annually to support uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.

The Festival of Trees Guild, who prepares all year for this event, has not slowed down one bit in 2020! We are so grateful for their hard work and dedication to Seattle Children’s Autism Center and uncompensated care.

Should you wish to join us online, here are a few more key details:

Register Here

Dinner + Wine
To keep the festive spirit of the event alive, the Guild has partnered with DeLille Winery to offer a take-out dinner option which includes a bottle of wine. A portion of the dinner price will support the Autism Center and our uncompensated care fund for the hospital. Dinner can be ordered on the gala website or at this link:

Keynote Speaker
An extra special feature for this year will be one of our own patients from the Autism Center as the keynote speaker. Join us to hear from one of our teenage patients, who will be sharing their journey with autism and how the center and our providers have helped throughout. It will be very special for this courageous young advocate to have extra support and encouragement from our Autism Center community members like you!

Spread the Word!
There will be both a silent and live auction, and of course other opportunities to contribute, with half of all proceeds coming to the Autism Center. This is such a unique opportunity to share a little of the magic of the Autism Center and our wonderful supporters from the Festival of Trees Guild with your friends and loved ones. Feel free to circulate the link and encourage anyone who wants to attend. It is FREE to register, and a simple way to stay connected to the community who supports our work.

Many thanks in advance for attending, promoting or supporting this event. We could not do it without the support of our entire community!

Autism 101 Class – October 22, 2020

Please join us for Autism 101, a free 90-minute lecture intended for parents and families of children recently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their friends and professionals. Presenters David Camenisch, MD, and Jim Mancini, MS, CCC-SLP Read full post »

Autism and Voting in 2020

This fall brings a big election season to the US, and with it come questions about how to best support the voting process among family members with ASD. Here, we’ll share some thoughts from previous posts on this topic , as well as updated resources and Read full post »

Autism 209 – Crisis Supports & Autistic Individuals Without Intellectual Impairment

Please join us for Autism 209: Crisis Supports and Autistic Individuals Without Intellectual Impairment, on October 15, 2020

Facilitator: Gary Stobbe, MD, Seattle Children’s Autism Center

When faced with a crisis, where do autistic individuals turn for support, treatment, services and stabilization? Many autistics Read full post »

Autism 208 – How to Access and Implement ABA Services in Schools

Join us for “Autism 208: How to Access and Implement ABA Services in Schools,” a virtual event providing background information about the current state of applied behavior analysis (ABA) practices in our school systems as well as an overview of what these services may look like. Read full post »

Free Webinar – Educational Advocacy During COVID-19

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on school programming and academic planning this year. We have heard from many families that school is their #1 stressor right now, during what is an already overwhelming time for society. Read full post »