Come Participate! Genetics Research and Pirates- What could be better?

Our Research Team is hosting a PIRATE-THEMED Research Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 2nd!  Families interested in participating in autism genetics research will have the opportunity to complete 1-2 research studies in a single day!

The SPARK and PANGEA studies are exploring genetic differences related to autism.  Families who attend the family fun day will be able to complete online registration and saliva collection for SPARK and/or a blood draw for PANGEA.  There will be food, games, prizes, parking, and childcare available!  To RSVP to this event, please contact the research team at 206-987-7917 or at

WHAT: Fun, research participation event for families

WHEN: Saturday, December 2 from 9am to 5pm

WHERE: Seattle Children’s Autism Center, 4909 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

THEME: Pirates and Buried Treasure!

What Makes a Master Mentor? Find out from Dr. Bernier and Dr. Larimer!

Last year, our very own Dr. Raphe Bernier was awarded the Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award. Raphe’s colleagues, fellow faculty members, postdocs, grad students, and lab members submitted enthusiastic testimonials championing his dedication to mentees. This year, we congratulate Dr. Mary Larimer, Director, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB), on receiving this award. The University of Washington recently posted an interview with Drs. Bernier and Larimer on what makes a Master Mentor. You can watch the interview here!

Sensory Friendly Performances at Seattle Children’s Theatre!

Did you know that Seattle Children’s Theatre has sensory friendly performances? This special performance series is designed to give a world-class theatre experience to those with sensory needs.  SCT makes special modifications to the theatre to best support your child, including: lower sound levels, lowered seating capacities, and use of electronic devices with headphones. SCT also provides additional materials on their website to help you and your child prepare for the show as well an option to tour the theatre before the performance.

A sensory friendly performance of Go, Dog. Go! is coming up on Sunday, October 29th at 11:00am.

Check out their website for more information!

ASD-friendly Seattle-area museums and family destinations

Here in the Seattle area, many travel-associated businesses and organizations and tourist destinations are deliberately ASD-friendly, with special accommodations for light, noise, and volume of visitors. Here are a few programs that exist and destinations to put on your list:

***please note that inclusion/exclusion does not imply any endorsement or relationship between our lab and these organizations

October 2017 Autism Blogcast

This month’s Autism Blogcast focuses on INCLUSION. It discusses events and activities that focus on inclusion this Fall. The timing is particularly relevant as Seattle prepares for the 2018 Special Olympics next summer.  The blogcast also discusses research results that show a reduction in the symptoms of Autism severity when an individual has a fever. Check out Raphe  and Jim for this months Autism Blogcast!