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  • Announcing a new UWAC program!  In August we will launch our new “ABA Boot Camp,” an intensive 3-day training for people who wish to do home-based therapy for young children on the autism spectrum.
  • New website for the South Sound: The South Puget Sound Autism Partnership (SSAP) has a new website and Facebook page, be sure to check them out!
  • Brain differences found at 6 months in infants who later develop autism
    Two UW Autism Center researchers, Stephen Dager, MD, and Annette Estes, PhD, are co-authors on a multisite study of brain development in 92 infants who have older siblings with autism. The study used brain imaging to identify white matter fiber tracts (connections) throughout the brain in this group of infants at high genetic risk for autism. Results revealed that infants who developed autism had different patterns of white matter development relative to those who did not. These results have potential implications for identifying early biomarkers for autism, and also suggest that autism affects the whole brain (rather than a specific region) at this young age. This study was conducted by the IBIS Network and is published in the most recent edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry.
  • UWAC Director in the News! On Friday January 27th, Dr. Wendy Stone was a guest on KUOW’s Weekday show, hosted by Steve Scher.  The discussion focused on the proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for autism in the DSM-5 and the potential implications for people on the autism spectrum and their families.  Click here to listen to the podcast.
  • Looking for a Family Fun Activity? The first Saturday of each month the Seattle Children's Museum opens early for their sensory sensitive hours. For more information please see their flyer.
  • My Next Step video now online with Spanish subtitles.
    Visit the Resources tab above then select the Resource DVD for more information.
  • UWAC Clinicians in the news: UW Autism Center clinicians Julie George, M.Ed. and Kelly Johnson, Ph.D. were quoted in a recent ParentMap article, “Parenting Children with Special Needs.”  Click here to see the full story.
  • New Research Finding!  A recently published paper from the Autism Speaks’ Baby Siblings Research Consortium has reported a 19% recurrence rate of ASD in younger siblings of children with ASD.  The UW Autism Center’s director, Dr. Wendy Stone, is a co-author on this paper. An article about the paper can be found here


  • Former UW Autism Center Director Wendy Stone, Ph.D., is quoted in the October 2012 edition of the APA Monitor on Psychology. The article, "Catching Autism Earlier," describes how new research is advancing our understanding of autism and highlighting the need for earlier interventions. To read the full article, please visit this link.
  • Former UW Autism Center Director of Clinical Services, Raphael Bernier, Ph.D., is interviewed in a Q13 Fox TV news report about Autism and Bullying. Broadcast September 6, 2012.


  • Survey from the South Sound Partnership: In order to meet the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families located within the South Puget Sound, a coalition of service providers, advocates, and community members have formed the South Sound Autism Partnership.  The South Sound Autism Partnership would like to receive community feedback on the current issues and barriers facing persons with ASD and their families and what activities the Partnership could provide that would be most beneficial.  Please take our short survey here.  Thank you for taking an interest in improving the lives of people with ASD living in the South Puget Sound.
  • UWAC Offers Training in the Early Start Denver Model: The Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is an intervention developed by Drs. Sally Rogers and Geraldine Dawson, and is based on the principles of child development and appliedbehavior analysis. A recent randomized clinical trial foundthat ESDM improved outcomes for very young children with ASD. UWAC is delighted to sponsor an ESDMtraining workshop this summer. The Introductory Workshop will be held on August 16, and the Advanced Workshop will be held from August 17-19. These workshops are intended for professionals, but parents and family members are welcome to register for the introductory workshop. CEUs are available. For more information or to register please see the ESDM website. When registering please make sure to select the University of Washington as the training site.
  • Autism Awareness Month: April was Autism Awareness Month and the UWAC was busy! All month long we offered free information classes to the public. All together 143 people attended our presentations and many more stopped by at one of our information booth locations.