Last week, the training phase of the Screen-Refer-Treat study kicked off in Yakima County with a Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT) Workshop at Children’s Village. The 26 attendees, which included early intervention providers, family resource coordinators, early educators, and ABA therapists, learned about the theory behind RIT and how to use it with families in their caseload. During live demonstrations with volunteer families, providers took advantage of opportunities for hands-on practice using RIT as well as coaching parents on their use of RIT with their children — which led to some touching moments, as illustrated above. Overall, the training was a success and the SRT team will wrap up the training phase in Yakima this week with workshops on ASD-specific screening tools for primary care and early intervention providers!
Wondering what to do after your child’s autism diagnosis? Autism Speaks is hosting a free tele-learning program this month for families with a newly diagnosed child! Parents should tune into the program on Wednesday, April 26th at 4pm PST for information about accessing free autism resources and tools, and to learn about the Autism Speaks organization. Click here to register by April 25th to secure your spot in this webinar!
Are you interested in connecting with Seattle-area families of individuals with autism? This month, Open Doors for Multicultural Families is offering autism-related workshops that are designed to meet the needs of diverse families who have loved ones with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. These free workshops are open to the whole family and cover topics including an introduction to understanding autism, social communication in autism, and life transitions for students of all ages with disabilities. Additionally, Open Doors offers support groups for African American, Korean, Latino, and Somali parents/caregivers of people with disabilities. For more information about these exciting resources, click here.
Just in time for the kickoff of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Wendy Stone was interviewed on KING 5’s New Day about Sesame Street’s Julia, which is the show’s new Muppet with autism. Check out the video below to learn more about how and why Julia’s character was developed and see a sneak preview of one of Julia’s first appearances on an episode of Sesame Street.
FEAT of Washington announced a major milestone this morning: over one million dollars has been awarded to families of children with autism through Ben’s Fund! Ben’s Fund is a program that provides grants to families of children with autism who require financial assistance to obtain autism-specific services or technology. Families can be awarded up to $1,000 to help support the cost of therapies, adaptive equipment, childcare, summer camp registration, and related activities. If you or someone you know is interested in applying to Ben’s Fund, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and check out their website www.featwa.org/grants.