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2018 Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update March 17, 2018


“Autism through the Life Span”

A one-day conference for parents, educators and care providers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. This annual update will focus on new research and services for individuals with autism to optimize their long term functioning. 

Who should attend: Parents, teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, caregivers, media and anyone with an interest in autism are invited to attend.

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:00-4:30pm (check in and continental breakfast 8:00-8:45am). Program starts at 8:45am. 

Where: Li Ka Shing Conference Center (2nd Floor), 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, 94305   Parking is free and available in Parking Structure 5. For information on public transportation serving Stanford (including the free shuttle, Marguerite), please go to .

Keynote speakers:

Thomas Frazier, Ph.D. Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer

Ami Klin, Ph.D. Director, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine

Lynn Koegel, Ph.D. Pivotal response treatment (PRT) developer, Stanford University School of Medicine

New Trends in Autism Research at Stanford (Brief 15-minute presentations (including Q & A) from Stanford Researchers

Keynote Speakers Breakout Sessions (participants choose one to attend): TBA soon!


Early Bird Registration ($100, on 3/1 increases to $125) includes continental breakfast, lunch and breakout session of your choice.  

Registration Link:


*scholarships available, please go to

Supported by The Teresa and Charles Michael Endowed Fund for Autism Research and Education



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. Parents are welcome to attend monthly Parent Support Group meetings which are held every second Mondays (September through June) from 7:00-9:00pm at 401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA 94305. For more information, please click on the link below.

The Early Support Program for Autism is a collaboration between Stanford Children's Health and the Children's Health Council to provide supportive services, resources and referrals at no cost to families after diagnosis. Click here for more information.

Parent Education Program

The Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children’s Hospital Parent Education Program offers half-day parent conferences and special interest classes throughout the year designed to provide parents and caregivers with information about Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adolescents. Parents are encouraged to attend to learn about treatment options, ask questions, and share experiences. Click here for more information.

Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update Presentation Info from 3/25/17

Links to Presentations from 3/25/17:

Thorkil Sonne, Specialisterne:

Think Rethink, Yael Enav, PhD:

Development of brain systems for speech perception in children and adolescents with autism, Aarthi Padmanabhan, PhD:


Abilities United:

Note: We will be posting speaker slides as we receive authorization to do so. 


See you next year! 11th Annual Autism Update March 17, 2018 at Li Ka Shing Conference Center!

2017 Summer Scamper 6/25/17

Join the Autism Center Team at the 2017 Summer Scamper!      register at:

5K, 10K  (walk or run) & Kids' Fun Run at Stanford

We are fundraising to support the Stanford Autism Center because new research is needed to improve outcomes for children with ASD and comprehensive clinical services makes real differences for families. Your support is crucial—it means that Packard Children’s, a not-for-profit hospital, can treat any child in the community who needs specialized care, regardless of their family’s financial means.

Thank you for helping us reach our goal to support autism research!

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