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Raphael Bernier, Ph.D.
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Title: Advances In Our Understanding of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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February 22, 2011

Title:  Long Term Planning for a Family Member with Developmental Disabilities









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Early autism intervention:

Connecting science and practice

Annette Estes, Ph.D.

Date:  November 9, 2010

Location:  Seattle Pacific University, Science Building 112

Time:  7:00-8:00 p.m.


Abstract: An explosion of research on the causes and consequences of autism, from genes to brain to behavior, has taken place over the last 20 years.  This new information provides opportunities to families, clinicians, and scientists who are working to improve the lives of people with ASD.  This talk will present on some of the exciting progress in developing evidence-based intervention for very young children with autism spectrum disorders and the connections between science and practice that make this progress possible. 


About Our Speaker

Annette Estes, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and an adjunct research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington.  She is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington.  Her research is carried out at the UW Autism Center and Center on Human Development and Disability. Dr. Estes is the principal investigator on two intervention studies for very young children with early signs of autism; these are collaborative studies between the UW Autism Center, UC Davis, and University of Michigan using the Early Start Denver Model. Dr. Estes is especially interested in the role of the family in supporting positive outcomes for children with disabilities. Dr. Estes collaborates with a multidisciplinary network of researchers to increase early recognition of infants at risk for autism and identify brain mechanisms using neuroimaging, behavioral, and genetic methods. She currently leads a project investigating the emergence of psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety in adolescents with autism.


For more information contact:

Beverly J. Wilson, Ph.D.

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