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Voices Of Autism: Individuals, Families, and Professionals

Voices of Autism: Individuals, Families, and Professionals

In Recognition of Autism Awareness Month - Saturday, April 22, 2017

Seattle Pacific University - Upper Gwinn Commons. 

Seattle Pacific University's School of Psychology, Family, and Community (SPFC) and the SPFC Advisory Board is pleased to host Voices of Autism: Individuals, Families, and Professionals. This event features a community resource fair, lectures from leading experts in the field of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and will highlight a panel discussion featuring families of individuals with autism, sharing their experiences, challenges and perspectives of living with ASD.

Participant Registration

Vendor Registration


Day at a Glance 

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

“Mindful Self-Care for Parents & Caregivers of Children with Autism”
Lynn Vigo, LICSW

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Families of Individuals with Autism

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Resource Fair & Lunch Break

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

"Autism into Adulthood: Striving for Success"
Gary Stobbe, MD

Full Schedule

10:00–11:00 a.m.

Lynn Vigo, LICSW
“Mindful Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Autism”

Receiving an autism diagnosis is life-changing, calling for adjustments in so many ways. With unanswered questions about behaviors, treatments, and the future, parents easily find themselves overwhelmed and stressed. With a singular focus on helping their child, no time or energy is left for self-care. The long-term effects of chronic stress are well-documented. In this morning session, easy, practical, portable strategies for reducing stress will be introduced and practiced.


11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion #1: Featuring Families of Individuals with Autism


12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Resource Fair and Break

The Voices of Autism Resource Fair provides an opportunity for individuals with ASD and their families to connect with community programs and resources in Washington state. A wide variety of organizations will be present, including Seattle Children's Autism Center, The Arc of King County, Outdoors For All, Within Reach, We Rock the Spectrum Eastside Seattle, Aligned Education, SPU Music Therapy Program, Turning Point Speech Therapy, Special Education Advocacy.Org, New Horizon School, Northwest's Child, Aspiring Youth, Study of Autism and Self-Regulation (STAR), Studio Mene Art Therapy and Counseling Services, and more!


1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Gary Stobbe, MD

"Autism into Adulthood: Striving for Success"

Transitioning to adulthood for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) poses unique challenges. Success as an adult depends on identifying and understanding expected outcomes and the variables that impact these outcomes. Numerous opportunities exist for individuals, families, and healthcare providers to impact outcome and ultimately success in adulthood. Dr. Stobbe will review these concepts and will focus on strategies individuals with ASD and their families can use to achieve success as an adult.

New Program Addition! 2:30-2:50 p.m.

"A Conversation with Nathalia"

You are invited to a conversation between Dr. Stobbe and Nathalia, a young adult with autism.

Continuing Education Credit

PSYCH (APA) CEUs: This event provides up to three CE credits in Psychology (APA). Fee: $10/credit paid at event.

autism research

SPFC Autism Research

The Study of Autism and Self-Regulation Project (STAR) is investigating the self-regulation skills of young children with autism spectrum disorders.

IIIDD — A unique Initiative

The Initiative for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities enhances lives and families, looking at the issues from a holistic perspective. 

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