Autism Blogcast February 2018

Check out the February 2018 Autism Blogcast where Raphe and Jim interview Lynn Vigo, a social worker, parent advocate and mother to an adult child with autism. Lynn shares her perspective about Autism services from when her daughter Carrie was diagnosed to now, and we continue the discussion around inclusion.


Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation

The Bernier Lab’s Dr. Jen Gerdts, lead author of ‘Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation: An Effective Method for the Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder,’ discusses the paper and the Team Evaluation in a video abstract on the Journal of Developmental and behavioral Pediatrics.  Follow the link below to watch her interview!

“Lead author, Jennifer Gerdts, PhD, discusses the rationale for developing a streamlined and efficient interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at Seattle Children’s Autism Center (SCAC). Dr. Gerdts compares diagnostic outcomes, follow-up care rates, provider satisfaction, billed time, and reimbursement amounts in interdisciplinary teams to those of more traditional psychology-led and physician-led models. She also suggests benefits of this diagnostic approach for families of children with ASD.”

Follow this link to read the full article!

Gerdts, JA, Mancini, J, Fox, E, Rhoads, C, Ward, T, Easley, E, Bernier, R. (2018). Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation for the Diagnostic Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. PMID: 29346136.


CMA Today: Autism – Making Sense of a Complicated Condition

The Bernier Lab’s Dr. Jen Gerdts was interviewed for an article by CMA Today, a bimonthly journal by the American Association of Medical Assistants.  The article, ‘Autism: Making Sense of A Complicated Condition’, by Mark Harris, discusses screening and diagnostic tools for Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as techniques for approaching care.  Find the PDF to the article below!

CMA Today Jan Feb 2018

SPARK January Webinar – Addressing Autism in Today’s Criminal Justice System

Hello SPARK Community Partners!

See below for information about registering for SPARK’s January webinar on autism and the criminal justice system.

            SPARK Webinar – Creating a Culture of Prevention: Addressing Autism in Today’s Criminal Justice System

            Leigh Ann Davis, MSSW, MPA & Samantha Crane, JD

            Tuesday, January 23

            9-10am PST

            Click here to register.

Ms. Davis and Ms. Crane will discuss:

·         Individual strategies and system reforms that could increase the safety of individuals with autism when interacting with police and the criminal justice system

·         Ways to reduce unnecessary police interactions, improve access to emergency services, and ensure access to effective communication in emergencies or during police interactions