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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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
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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...

CHC is hosting a Parent Support Group on June 3rd from 1-2:30pm."Do you have questions about how to talk to your child a...
06/02/2020
ONLINE - Parenting During Uncertain Times - Parent Support Group - Children's Health Council

CHC is hosting a Parent Support Group on June 3rd from 1-2:30pm.

"Do you have questions about how to talk to your child about COVID-19 and shelter in place? Are you having a hard time being your child’s parent and teacher at the same time while working yourself? New challenges arising as shelter in place goes on for an extended period of time? You are not alone-we are in this together!"

Do you have questions about how to talk to your child about COVID-19 and shelter in place? Are you having a hard time being your child’s parent and teacher at the same time while working yourself? New challenges arising as…Read more ›

Opening Doors PTA will be hosting a Special Needs Planning Workshop via Zoom on June 17th, 2020."Special needs families ...
06/02/2020
Special Needs Planning Workshop

Opening Doors PTA will be hosting a Special Needs Planning Workshop via Zoom on June 17th, 2020.

"Special needs families have special considerations when planning for a the future of their loved ones with disabilities. For example, which public benefits might our disabled child qualify for, and how do we protect those benefits? How can our child take advantage of the new CalABLE account? Why might we need a stand-alone special needs trust, instead of the trust being imbedded in our revocable trust? Who should we name as guardians of our minor children?"

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-needs-planning-workshop-tickets-106495671420

Families with special needs children must exercise care in planning for the future. Ellen Cookman will give you the information you need.

SPARK for Autism
05/28/2020
SPARK for Autism

SPARK for Autism

It's #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth and we're taking a look back at the 'Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorder' SPARK webinar presented by Dr. Antonio Hardan.
Watch it here: http://bit.ly/2ysGv9i

Opening Doors PTA will be hosting a webinar on Disability Rights During COVID-19 on May 29, 2019. Learn more at the link...
05/26/2020
Disability Rights During COVID-19

Opening Doors PTA will be hosting a webinar on Disability Rights During COVID-19 on May 29, 2019. Learn more at the link below.

Alejandro Gastelum, Attorney with Disability Rights California, will give a presentation on “Disability Rights During COVID-19"

SPARK for Autism
05/20/2020
SPARK for Autism

SPARK for Autism

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth 🧠💘 and anxiety is something so many people around the world experience. Read about how anxiety, autism, and other disorders intersect here: https://bit.ly/3cGlITL

Parents Place Community is hosting a free workshop on May 20,2020. "Caring for aging parents while also raising kids and...
05/14/2020
FREE ONLINE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP—In the Middle: Caring for Aging Parents While Raising Kids During the COVID-19 Crisis (All Ages)

Parents Place Community is hosting a free workshop on May 20,2020.

"Caring for aging parents while also raising kids and teens is a unique stressor for families. Feeling “sandwiched” in the middle can be overwhelming. Join our experts from Seniors at Home, to learn ways to prevent crises before they happen, recognize signs that your parents need additional support, and communicate effectively as needs and family roles change during this global pandemic. With Andrea Korunsky, BSW and in collaboration with the Stanford Work Life office."

Caring for aging parents while also raising kids and teens is a unique stressor for families. Feeling “sandwiched” in the middle can be overwhelming. Join our experts from Seniors at Home, to learn ways to prevent crises before they happen, recognize signs that your parents need additional suppo...

05/12/2020
Virtual Autism Parent Support Group - Sponsored by the Stanford Autism Center at Stanford Children’s HealthParents of ch...
05/11/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

Virtual Autism Parent Support Group - Sponsored by the Stanford Autism Center at Stanford Children’s Health

Parents of children with autism face a unique set of challenges. The opportunity to connect with other families who have been through similar experiences can be a valuable form of support.

Please join our special Zoom May support group, facilitated by Lara Sandora, Ken Parekh, and Leslie Stafford on Monday, 5/11 at 7pm.

Topics for discussion will include:

∗ Advocating for your child

∗ Dealing with the impact on the entire family

∗ Navigating school and learning issues

∗ Investigating treatment options and resources

Zoom INFO:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/980101451?pwd=ZmtPVXlLVlVKejZtOGM1Rlk5RW95QT09
Password: 074350

Phone number Dial: +1 650 724 9799 (US, Canada, Caribbean Toll) or +1 833 302 1536 (US, Canada, Caribbean Toll Free)

Meeting ID: 980 101 451
Password: 074350

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SPARK for Autism
05/08/2020

SPARK for Autism

In our COVID-19 survey to SPARK participants, we asked respondents to answer questions about their experiences during this time. Do you have any tips or tricks that are helping to get you through?

📊Read the full report here: bit.ly/2yGG8ND and be sure to share your ideas with us as well. #DailyCOVIDTip #SPARKstrong ✨

#Autism #AutismAcceptance

Potential autism biomarker found in babies
05/05/2020
Potential autism biomarker found in babies

Potential autism biomarker found in babies

Cerebrospinal fluid levels of a hormone called vasopressin were lower in babies who went on to develop autism than in those who did not, a study found.

Join the Autism Science Foundation on May 5th, the new #GivingTuesdayNow, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST to learn how you can ...
04/30/2020
Join us for a virtual research fair! - Autism Science Foundation

Join the Autism Science Foundation on May 5th, the new #GivingTuesdayNow, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST to learn how you can give back to autism research and be part of the solution to research questions. The studies highlighted throughout our discussion can all be done at home. Learn how you can do more to help scientific discoveries, that help our families.

Please join us on May 5th, the new #GivingTuesdayNow, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST to learn how you can give back to autism research and be part of the solution to research questions. The studies highlighted throughout our discussion can all be done at home. Learn how you can do more to help scientific....

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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.