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April is Autism Awareness Month!!

The UW Autism Center has many activities planned during the month of April 2011 in celebration of Autism Awareness Month!

UW Tower will "Light It Up Blue"

UWAC is partnering with Autism Speaks for their "Light It Up Blue" Campaign in honor of Autism Awareness Day. Buildings around the globe will turn their lights blue and join Autism Speaks in promoting autism awareness. The UW Tower, located at 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, has agreed to light their entire top floor blue on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. The UWAC will also have an information booth at the UW Tower on Friday, April 1 from 8:00am - 5:00pm.

Information Booths

UWAC will be hosting information booths to spread the word about Autism Awareness Month. In addition to the booth at the UW Tower, we will have a booth in the UW Medical Center, by the Pacific Elevators just outside the Plaza Cafe, on Thursday, April 7 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. In partnership with PAVE, the UWAC Tacoma satellite clinic will be hosting a booth at the Tacoma Borders on Saturday, April 2 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm.

 

Community Presentations in Seattle

The UW Autism Center is delighted to partner with the UW Haring Center/EEU to offer the following presentations.

All will take place at the UW Autism Center in the Center on Human Development and Disabilities (CHDD). Please come to the main entrance of the CHDD clinic building and we will direct you to the correct room. Directions to CHDD and information about parking can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE FREE, BUT ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO HELP US ESTIMATE SPACE AND CHILD CARE NEEDS.

FREE CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE REGISTERED IN ADVANCE. IF YOU NEED CHILD CARE, PLEASE LET US KNOW THE NUMBER AND AGES OF THE CHILDREN WHEN YOU REGISTER.

TO REGISTER, for any presentations, please call 1-877-408-UWAC or email uwautism@uw.edu.

“Nutrition for Children with Autism”
Wednesday, April 6, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UWAC/CHDD

Nutrition, food, and eating behaviors in children can be challenging.  Join us for a discussion with two registered dietitians, Colleen Antvelink, MS, RD and Sharon Feucht, MA, RD, CD, to review common nutrition challenges in children with autism, research including alternative practices, and current nutrition recommendations.



“Make Your Own Visual Supports to Promote Conversations With Children With ASD”
Thursday, April 7, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UWAC/CHDD

UW Haring Center Head Teacher Ariane Gauvreau, M.Ed., BCBA will lead this session to help parents and caregivers learn how to develop social and communication skills during mealtimes at home with their child. Make a 'snack talk' (a conversational support) or a placemat to take home.



“Components of Effective School Programs”
Wednesday, April 13, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UWAC/CHDD

UW Haring Center Director and Professor of Special Education Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D. will share her extensive knowledge of the educational system in her talk on what makes school programs effective for children with ASD.



“UWAC Research: Understanding the What, Why, and How of Autism"
Thursday, April 14, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UWAC/CHDD

UWAC Postdoctoral Research Fellows Lisa Ibanez, Ph.D. and Erin Olson, Ph.D. will provide an overview of ongoing research projects associated with the UW Autism Center that are contributing to our understanding of how autism develops and how it can be treated. The presenters will lead a discussion on how research may benefit families and individuals with ASD.



"My Child has Autism...Is his Brain OK?"
Tuesday, April 19, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UWAC/CHDD

This lecture, given by UWAC Medical Director Kyle Steinman, M.D., MAS, will provide information about known neurologic and neurogenetic causes for autism and when these do and don't require medical testing. He will also discuss seizures, a neurologic disorder commonly associated with autism.



“Let's Play: How to Encourage Skill Development in Play"
Wednesday, April 20, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UWAC/CHDD

The purpose of this talk is to give parents strategies to make play a fun and active learning experience.  Play is the work of children, and many important skills, including social interaction and communication, are learned through play. Speech Language Pathologist Amy Rodda, Ph.C., CCC-SLP, and Behavior and Education Consult Robin Talley, M.Ed., BCBA, will describe a number of different approaches and types of play routines, and will discuss how to create natural teaching opportunities. 



“RELAX!  Stress Reduction Tools for Parents and Families” 
Thursday, April 28, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, UWAC/CHDD    

The experience of stress is an inevitable part of being human, but parents who are raising a child with autism may experience significantly increased levels of stress.  Clinical Psychologists Kelly Johnson, Ph.D. and Leah Altemeier, Ph.D. will present on a variety of research-based and user-friendly tools that can help busy parents reduce their physical and mental experience of stress.  Parents will be able to experience various techniques firsthand through guided practice.  An added benefit of using these techniques is that parents can model and encourage use of them at home with their children to help everyone manage their own stress more effectively.

Community Presentations in Tacoma

The UWAC Tacoma satellite clinic staff is teaming up to host a series of talks on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Tacoma clinic on everyday behavior strategies for various age groups. Information about directions and parking can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE FREE, BUT ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO HELP US ESTIMATE SPACE AND CHILD CARE NEEDS.

FREE CHILD CARE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE REGISTERED IN ADVANCE. IF YOU NEED CHILD CARE, PLEASE LET US KNOW THE NUMBER AND AGES OF THE CHILDREN WHEN YOU REGISTER.

TO REGISTER, for any presentations, please call 1-877-408-UWAC or email uwautism@uw.edu.

"Everyday Behavior Strategies" - Tacoma clinic series

This discussion will focus on how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Support techniques can be used as daily routines to help teach independent, social, and behavioral skills to individuals with ASD’s.  The discussions are broken up into separate sections that focus on the needs of very young children, school aged children, and adolescents/young adults. 

Tuesday, April 5, 5:30pm - 7:00pm: Preschool aged children (2-5 years) with Behavior and Education Consultants Charu Gupta, M.Ed., BCBA, and Casi Olson, MA.

Tuesday, April 19, 5:30pm - 7:00pm: School aged children (6-12 years) with Behavior and Education Consultants Charu Gupta, M.Ed., BCBA, and Casi Olson, MA.

Tuesday, April 26, 5:30pm - 7:00pm: Adolescents and adults (13+ years) with Tacoma Director of Clinical Services Steve Altabet, Ph.D.

 

To request disability accommodation, contact the UW Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu