Engaging kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Update and school based interventions



Felice Orlich, Ph.D.

Date:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Location:  Seattle Pacific University, Otto Miller Hall, 109

Time:  7:00-8:30 p.m.


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Challenges with social engagement are the hallmark feature shared by individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The most highly “prescribed” interventions for children and teens with ASD include social skills “group” interventions. Recent research has suggested that these kinds of approaches show promise, however, the who, what and the why are often vaguely defined. Dr. Orlich will discuss current social engagement strategies aimed at improving quality of life for individuals with ASD across the lifespan, with an emphasis on peer engagement, outcomes of relevance to the kids and their families and the context of delivery.

About the Speaker:

 Dr. Felice Orlich is the Director of community outreach at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington Medical School and an attending at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego and has been integrally involved in developing and implementing start-of-the-art models of care for individuals with autism across the lifespan for the past 17 years. Dr. Orlich is a pediatric neuropsychologist, and her clinical

emphasis is on the assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders in individuals with ASD.

The focus of Dr. Orlich’s research is aimed at improving quality of life in individuals with ASD. She is interested in how integrative treatment approaches, spanning the community, clinic and home environments improve outcomes for individuals with ASD. In addition, she studies how individual characteristics affect and interact with response to intervention, and reciprocally how the climate services are delivered in impact treatment. She and is currently the principal investigator of the NICHD funded multi-site study exploring school based interventions targeting social engagement and anxiety management for teens with ASD, and is one of the lead investigators on the AIRB elementary age study of school based interventions.


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