for Individuals with Intellectual   and Development









Raphael Bernier, Ph.D.
April 19, 2011
Title: Advances In Our Understanding of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Annette Estes, Ph.D.
November 9, 2010
Title: Early autism intervention: Connecting science and practice


Larry Jones, Ph.D, J.D.

February 22, 2011

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











  Initiative for Individuals

  with Intellectual and




Meeting the Challenge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum

Heather Carmichael Olson, Ph.D.

Date:  February 15, 2011

Location:  Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall 150

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.



Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are under-recognized yet
surprisingly common conditions, occurring in 9-10 per 1,000 live births. Conditions in the FASD category are serious, lifelong developmental disabilities caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.  With better awareness, FASD can be prevented. For those affected by FASD, diagnosis and intervention is quite possible and new research is uncovering effective treatment strategies.  This is an exciting, evolving field of study, of interest to families, educators, mental health and health care providers-- and to anyone who may become a parent one day.  The speaker, Dr. Carmichael Olson, will be discussing state-of-the-art research and clinical information about FASD, including the intervention she developed here in Washington State, called the "Families Moving Forward Program."  Her presentations should be of broad interest to different professional disciplines, and to families, and will cover FASD prevention, diagnosis and intervention. 


About Our Speaker

Heather Carmichael Olson, Ph.D., an experienced presenter, is a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  She is an attending clinical psychologist in the UW FAS Clinic and directs the Early Childhood Mental Health Clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital.  In these clinical settings, she works with children and families, and has done so with great enjoyment for many years.  Her research interests and publications focus on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) intervention, the impact of parental substance abuse on child development, and early childhood mental health. 



For more information contact:

Beverly J. Wilson, Ph.D.

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Initiative for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities