Autism and Developmental Disorders Research at Stanford

Autism and Developmental Disorders Research at Stanford The Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program at Stanford is a research group dedicated to understanding disorders affecting children.

Our research aims at clarifying the neurobiologic underpinnings of autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition, some of our work focuses on furthering our understanding of environmental and genetic factors that could be contributing to the onset and progression of symptoms. We also conduct a variety of clinical trials and studies of behavioral therapies in the hopes of identifying social, behavioral, and biological interventions that will be effective in the treatment of the core features of these disorders.

-Examining the contribution of genetic factors to the development of autism and developmental disabilities
-Understanding the role of environmental factors in these disorders
-Exploring possible roles for neurobiologic signalling molecules
-Identifying safe and effective interventions
-Imaging brain structures to understand neural correlates of behavior

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WEBINAR: Learn more about Remote Autism Research Opportunities at Stanford University on Wednesday, April 21st at 5pm PD...
04/13/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Remote Autism Research Opportunities at Stanford University. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

WEBINAR: Learn more about Remote Autism Research Opportunities at Stanford University on Wednesday, April 21st at 5pm PDT.

Hosted by Dr. Antonio Hardan, Child Psychiatrist and Director of Stanford’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Clinic.

Advance Registration Required.

REGISTER NOW:
https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0DurPx8lTYmdVnMyx2XLHA

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Remote Autism Research Opportunities at Stanford University. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

SPARK for Autism
04/02/2021

SPARK for Autism

It’s World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day!

This year marks 5 years of SPARK and we couldn't be more grateful to our participants, our team, and the community as a whole.

We are here for you, we see you, and we accept you as you are. SPARK welcomes all who are diagnosed with autism. We embrace everyone’s differences and celebrate each individual’s unique strengths.

❤️🧡💛 SPARKforAutism.org/5Years

#AutismAcceptance #AutismAwareness #WeAreSPARK✨

What it’s like to be a Black autism researcher | Spectrum | Autism Research News
02/08/2021
What it’s like to be a Black autism researcher | Spectrum | Autism Research News

What it’s like to be a Black autism researcher | Spectrum | Autism Research News

Spectrum spoke to four Black autism researchers about what it’s like to be in a field that’s overwhelmingly white, how police violence against Black people has affected them, and the joy of finding one another in ‘Black In Neuro.’

SPARK for Autism
02/02/2021

SPARK for Autism

Black and African American families and autistic individuals are often underrepresented in autism research. SPARK has launched a new initiative that aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in autism research by ensuring that SPARK Research Match opportunities are available to Black and African American participants. This opportunity helps link Black and African American families and autistic individuals to autism research. It also provides funding to researchers so that participants will receive proper incentives for participating in a study.
#BlackHistoryMonth

🔎 For more information click here: http://bit.ly/2LcAQzP

Learn more about SPARK by visiting www.SPARKforAutism.org/Stanford!
01/23/2021

Learn more about SPARK by visiting www.SPARKforAutism.org/Stanford!

#FunFactFriday: SPARK has grown from only 3 clinical partners during our pilot phase to a whopping 31 sites in our 5th anniversary year! We are so proud of the amazing SPARK community and look forward to the future together.

#5YearsofSPARK✨

SPARK for Autism
12/08/2020
SPARK for Autism

SPARK for Autism

With the holiday season underway, we know that all the joy and fun can often be accompanied by stress. For some support, take a moment to read this Child Mind Institute article on taking the stress out of the holidays: https://bit.ly/2K87Kks

Feel free to share any tips or tricks you might have for your own family in the comments! 💗

#WeAreSPARK✨

Stanford will be hosting the 2020 Bay Area Adult Autism/Developmental Disorders Virtual Conference on Saturday, November...
11/02/2020
2020 Bay Area Adult Autism/DD Virtual Conference

Stanford will be hosting the 2020 Bay Area Adult Autism/Developmental Disorders Virtual Conference on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

This free event is sponsored by the Stanford Autism Center and the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area.

Topics include: ASD/ID and COVID-19, coverage for behavioral interventions for adults, housing, medication, public benefits, and more!

Learn more and register here: https://med.stanford.edu/autismcenter/conferences.html

Los temas incluyen: Autismo/Discapacidad intelectual y COVID-19, cobertura para intervenciones conductuales para adultos, alojamiento, medicamentos, beneficios públicos y más.

Want to learn more about one of the nation's largest autism genetic research studies? Join us to learn about SPARK for A...
10/16/2020

Want to learn more about one of the nation's largest autism genetic research studies?

Join us to learn about SPARK for Autism!

Dr. Antonio Hardan from Stanford's Autism and Developmental Disorders Clinic will host a live virtual event about SPARK and how you can become involved in the nation’s largest study while sitting on your living room couch!

Join in on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 5 - 6 pm PST.

Sign up for this virtual event here: https://redcap.link/mwjl11zd

Stanford will be hosting the 2020 Bay Area Adult Autism/Developmental Disorders Virtual Conference on Saturday, November...
10/07/2020
2020 Bay Area Adult Autism/DD Virtual Conference

Stanford will be hosting the 2020 Bay Area Adult Autism/Developmental Disorders Virtual Conference on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

This free event is sponsored by the Stanford Autism Center and the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area.

Topics include: ASD/ID and COVID-19, coverage for behavioral interventions for adults, housing, medication, public benefits, and more!

Learn more and register here: https://med.stanford.edu/autismcenter/conferences.html

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Increasing Representation of Human Diversity in ASD Research. After register...
09/24/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Increasing Representation of Human Diversity in ASD Research. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Increasing Representation of Human Diversity in ASD Research. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

During this webinar, Dr. Geschwind and Dr. Constantino will share more about the NIMH Autism Center of Excellence Genetics Network’s research. This network involves six research sites collaborating in a systematic, comprehensive investigation of ASD genetics in African American families. In additi...

Autism Science Foundation
09/17/2020

Autism Science Foundation

Reserve your FREE ticket to our virtual Day of Learning on September 22nd as we discuss if ABA is now passé. For additional information and to register, click here - https://bit.ly/ASFDOLfb

09/15/2020
SPARK for Autism

SPARK for Autism

We can’t wait to do some science. Take a tiny bit of your day to share your DNA for autism research.

Stanford Continuing Studies is offering a free webinar "Navigating Remote Learning: A Webinar for K-8 Families"Day/Date:...
08/19/2020
Navigating Remote Learning: A Webinar for K-8 Families

Stanford Continuing Studies is offering a free webinar "Navigating Remote Learning: A Webinar for K-8 Families"

Day/Date: Wednesday, August 26
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PT)
Format: Zoom webinar

Join Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, for a free 60-minute webinar to explore practical tips and guidelines for what families can do to best support student well-being and engagement with learning, along with balancing home and work responsibilities. There will be time for Q&A at the end. Free; registration required. (Please note this webinar will not be recorded.)

Learn more and register at the link below.

August 26, 2020, 12:00 PM. Online (Zoom webinar).

Join SPARK on August 19th at 9 am PT to hear from Gary Mayerson, who will share information and tips on how to get the m...
08/18/2020

Join SPARK on August 19th at 9 am PT to hear from Gary Mayerson, who will share information and tips on how to get the most out of remote learning - a timely and critical topic. He will also share more about how to shape your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Join us on August 19th at 12 pm ET to hear from Gary Mayerson, who will share information and tips on how to get the most out of remote learning - a timely and critical topic. He will also share more about how to shape your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

📌 Mark your calendars and register here: https://bit.ly/3awWzL7
#SPARKstrong ✨ #SPARKforAutism

Stanford will be hosting its 12th Annual International Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) Conference for ASD on September ...
08/07/2020
PRT Conference

Stanford will be hosting its 12th Annual International Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) Conference for ASD on September 26, 2020 via Zoom.

Families, school staff, and other professionals welcome!

Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel, Dr. Brittany Koegel, Dr. Antonio Hardan and Dr. Grace Gengoux plus others will present on topics such as “Overview of PRT, Addressing Problem Behaviors, Self-Management, Teaching Initiations, Novel Measures in PRT Clinical Trials, Supporting Students in the School Setting, Applications of PRT to Improve Social Interactions with Peers", and more!

All Attendees will receive Level I PRT Certification.

Learn more and register here: https://med.stanford.edu/autismcenter/prt/PRTconference.html

Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel, Dr. Brittany Koegel, Dr. Antonio Hardan and Dr. Grace Gengoux plus others will present on topics such as “Overview of PRT, Addressing Problem Behaviors, Self-Management, Teaching Initiations, Novel Measures in PRT Clinical Trials, Supporting Students in the School Sett...

SPARK for Autism
08/05/2020

SPARK for Autism

SPARK Snapshots summarize the data that we have collected. View our latest, which provides a window into the journey of independent adults with autism (along with all the others we've compiled over the years).

🧐 Explore more of the report here: http://bit.ly/2WXIAqX

#SPARKstrong✨

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area is hosting a Socially Distanced Mini Pool Party on August 1st. Pre-registration re...
07/29/2020
Pool Parties

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area is hosting a Socially Distanced Mini Pool Party on August 1st. Pre-registration required. Space is very limited. Learn more at the link below.

SFASA's summer pool parties are events where families can enjoy an afternoon at a pool with their children with special needs. The pool is mostly shallow and fairly warm The events are free...

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | Autism Speaks
07/27/2020
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | Autism Speaks

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act | Autism Speaks

Sunday, July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now more than ever, delivering on the promise of the ADA is important to our community as autistic individuals and their families face additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPARK Snapshots: A Window Into the Autism Journey
07/23/2020
SPARK Snapshots: A Window Into the Autism Journey

SPARK Snapshots: A Window Into the Autism Journey

SPARK Snapshots summarize the data that we have collected. View our latest, which provides a window into the journey of independent adults with autism.

07/17/2020
Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks

If you were a child of the 90s, then you've definitely heard voice artist Rob Paulsen. He's voiced iconic characters in shows like "Animaniacs," "Pinky and the Brain," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and many more. In this episode of #AutismPOVs, Rob talks about how meeting his autistic fans over the years has given his life and career a new purpose.

Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/2DIb1DD

SPARK for Autism
07/13/2020

SPARK for Autism

We could all use some tips and tools on how to care for ourselves during this time of uncertainty. Be sure to tune in for this month's SPARK webinar — Autism, Parenting, and Self-Care — on July 29th at 12 pm-1 pm ET.

📌 Register here: https://bit.ly/2OlYdF9
#SPARKstrong✨ #WeAreSPARK

07/06/2020
Caregiver tips to make mask-wearing easier for people with autism | Autism Speaks

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Shaffer of Cincinatti Childrens Hospital walks through steps caregivers and parents can use to help their children and loved ones wear masks successfully as communities re-open.

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Shaffer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital walks through steps caregivers and parents can use to help their children and lov...

Parents Helping Parents will be hosting a Financial Planning Webinar for Special Needs on July 9, 2020 07:00 PM to 09:00...
07/01/2020
Financial Planning Webinar for Special Needs // PHP Autism Speaker Series - Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents will be hosting a Financial Planning Webinar for Special Needs on July 9, 2020 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM.

"This webinar is for anyone who needs information about financial planning for children with special needs. It will give you a clear understanding of what the special needs planning process is, including an in-depth look at special needs trusts, letters of intent, life care planning, ABLE accounts, and obtaining and preserving need-based government benefits. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes parents often make that can be detrimental to their child’s future."

Learn more here: https://www.php.com/event/financial-planning-for-special-needs-php-autism-speaker-series/

SPARK for Autism
06/25/2020

SPARK for Autism

For our June webinar, and in honor of #PrideMonth, SPARK is pleased to have Dr. Eileen Crehan speak to us about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Be sure to register here: https://bit.ly/2Vi6625 and tune in on Tuesday, June 30th at 12pm ET. We hope to see you there!

#SPARKstrong🌈 ✨

Parents Helping Parents is hosting an online support group tonight, June 22, 2020, from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM."Join us if y...
06/22/2020
SOS (Saving Our Sanity) - Weekly Online Parent Support in the Pandemic - Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents is hosting an online support group tonight, June 22, 2020, from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

"Join us if you are feeling overwhelmed… Connect with others to combat feelings of isolation… You are not alone during this difficult time."

Learn more at the link below.

Join us if you are feeling overwhelmed… Connect with others to combat feelings of isolation… You are not alone during this difficult time. We are all in unchartered waters today. Parents are facing stress on many levels. Yet we need to find the reserves to cope so that we can be there for our ch...

Parents Helping Parents is hosting a webinar on June 20th at 10am to provide information on Supplemental Security Income...
06/18/2020
SSI - What you should know - Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents is hosting a webinar on June 20th at 10am to provide information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes).

Learn more here: https://www.php.com/event/ssi-what-you-should-know/

*This SSI training will be held online, Zoom. At the same time the same date* Come and learn about Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have lit...

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area
06/17/2020
Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area

We want to hear from you! Last chance to take our 2020 conference survey, deadline Jan 18 at midnight.
This year, the Stanford - Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area conference on adult autism/DD planning will be taking place virtually in November. This annual event is aimed at the pragmatic informational needs of parents, caregivers and professionals who have the responsibility to support and help make plans for teens and adults with autism or related DDs.
Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey so we include topics and speakers that matter most to YOU and your family.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020SFASA

SPARK for Autism
06/15/2020

SPARK for Autism

We're proud to celebrate our diverse community this month, and every month!

#SPARKStrong🌈✨

Registration for Stanford's "Mindfulness Skills for Parents Course" is now open. This education program offers instructi...
06/10/2020
Mindfulness Parenting

Registration for Stanford's "Mindfulness Skills for Parents Course" is now open.

This education program offers instruction in mindfulness practices including meditation and its application for reducing stress and cultivating self-compassion and quality of life for parents of children/adolescents/adults with behavior challenges and/or learning differences.

Learn more and register here: https://med.stanford.edu/autismcenter/EducationandTraining/mindfulness.html#:~:text=This%20education%20program%20offers%20instruction,how%20mindfulness%20can%20address%20parenting.

This education program offers instruction in mindfulness practices including meditation and its application for reducing stress and cultivating self-compassion and quality of life for parents. The program includes didactic presentations, guided meditations and dialogue around how mindfulness can add...

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Welcome to the page of the Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program (ADDRP), Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. This Stanford autism research program is based in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

ADDRP focuses on improving the quality of life of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disabilities. Through research methods that range from clinical trials, neuroimaging investigations, behavioral analysis to basic science methods, the researchers at ADDRP are committed to developing effective treatment strategies and identifying the causes of these conditions.

Our main research aim is to better understand the basic neurobiology of autism and other developmental disorders while furthering our understanding of how genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the onset and progression of these disorders. With this aim in mind, we conduct a variety of research studies and clinical trials of novel behavioral and biological therapies in hopes of developing effective interventions for the treatment of core features of these disorders.