A few weeks ago, the 40th Annual Festival of Trees Gala took place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle! Seattle Children’s employees and supporters had a blast raising money for the Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Check out the link for more news and pictures from the festivities here:
Don’t forget to view this video shown at the Gala, giving you an inside look at the kind of work the Seattle Children’s Autism Center does. Featuring a few families who kindly gave us a glimpse into their experiences with the team, the video captures the essence of the impact the Children’s community has :
Our Research Team is hosting a PIRATE-THEMEDResearch 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 SCACstudies@seattlechildrens.org.
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
Last week, our lead SPARK study coordinator, Emily, visited the Tri-Cities for the 13th Annual Northwest Autism Conference. This two-day conference is hosted for providers, educators, and family members affected by autism. Presenters covered a range of topics this year including early identification and intervention, adolescence and puberty, and transition skills for adulthood. This was the SPARK study’s second year as a vendor at this event. Emily had a table with study materials for families and providers, and she answered questions from attendees about participating in SPARK and about autism research, in general. It was another great conference year!
The Seattle Children’s Autism Center has launched the new Rare Autism-Related Genetic Consultation Clinic (RARE Clinic)!
Children born with certain genetic changes (mutations) may have autism spectrum disorder; speech and language disorders; intellectual disabilities; physical differences; seizures; gastrointestinal problems; or sleep concerns. The RARE Clinic will provide a short-term consultation service, usually 3 to 4 appointments in a single day, to help address concerns related to your child’s genetic change. Your child will be see by experts in psychology; speech and language; and pediatrics.