As many of our READi Lab families know, our lab participates in a large international consortium of researchers who study the developmental course and outcomes of infants who are at risk for ASD by virtue of having an older sibling with ASD. Members of the Baby Siblings Research Consortium (BSRC) contribute deidentified behavioral assessment information to a database that now contains information from over 5,000 infants. This database has led to important discoveries related to the recurrence risk of autism in younger siblings, the stability of diagnosis, and the outcomes of infant siblings who do not develop ASD. The Autism Science Foundation has recently announced that they will provide $63,000 over the coming year to support the operation of the BSRC database so that we may continue our important work. Many thanks to the Autism Science Foundation for this funding. To read more, follow this link.
ParentMap recently published a listing of 10 special outings for Seattle kids and families with special needs. The list includes activities such as AMC’s sensory-friendly films, and early opening hours at the Pacific Science Center for families of children with autism! Click here to see the full list!
Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA) is sponsoring a full-day workshop on Saturday, March 25 for families of children with special needs. Five special education lawyers who work in the Puget Sound area will provide information about setting up an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) to develop appropriate services for your child. The workshop will be held in Bellevue, and the cost is $35 for parents, with scholarships available for eligible families. This should be a great opportunity to learn about special education law and advocacy! Click here for more information.
Do you have an infant younger than 3 months old? Are you interested in online research studies? Our colleague, Dr. Klaus Libertus at the University of Pittsburgh, is actively searching for families to participate in a new online study with 3-month-old babies who have an older sibling with autism. He is conducting an observational study via videochat that examines motor and language development in babies. If you are interested, or if you know someone who might be interested in participating, please refer to the contact information pictured below. You may also visit the lab’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/OnlineBabyLab/.
What better way to spend a Saturday than at a STAT training?! That’s exactly what an enthusiastic group of Early Intervention (EI) providers from Spokane’s Youthful Horizons and Achieve Center did this past weekend. In addition to learning how to use the STAT, providers at this expanded SRT workshop learned strategies for talking to parents about autism red flags. Some providers also got hands-on practice administering the STAT with some adorable volunteers! To cap the day off, Roya and Allycen fell in love with a very huggable miniature goldendoodle who was on his way to Seattle to meet his new family. Our SRT team is excited to return to Spokane tomorrow to provide 3 more training workshops over the next 3 days!