Community Events and Programs

10th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update

Thank you to all who attended. Please fill out our online evaluation survey at

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

See you next year: March 17, 2018 Li Ka Shing Conference Center, Stanford.

“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 25, 2017 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:

"Early Intervention and Brain Plasticity in Autism", Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University, North Carolina.

"Sensory Processing in Autism" Anthony Norcia, PhD, Professor (Research) of Psychology, Stanford University

"The Autism Advantage" Thorkil Sonne, Founder and CEO, Specialisterne Foundation and Specialisterne.

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

"Think-Rethink: Emotion regulation workshops for parents of children with ASD," Yael Enav, PhD, Stanford University

"Language Development: The magic and the mystery", Heidi Feldman, MD, Stanford University

"Update on Marijuana for the Treatment of Epilepsy", Brenda Porter, MD, Stanford University                                                                  

"Building Social Success for Preschool Children with Autism", Grace Gengoux, PhD, Stanford University

"Development of Brain Systems for Speech Perception in Children and Adolescents with Autism", Aarthi Padmanabhan, PhD, Stanford University

Breakout Sessions (participants choose one to attend):

Session A: Early Start Denver Model:  A naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention for young children with autism, Geraldine Dawson, PhD

Session B:  Employment and Community Services for Adults with Mild to Severe Autism, Thorkil Sonne, Founder and CEO of Specialisterne Foundation, Jan Johnston-Tyler, MA, Founder and CEO of EvoLibri, Eileen Easterbrook, Community Engagement Manager, Gatepath, and Jaclyn Fratangelo, Job Development Work Force Diversity Advocate, Abilities United. Moderated by Linda Lotspeich, MD, Stanford University.

Session C: Understanding and Managing Sensory Processing Issues, Anthony Norcia, PhD, Kari Berquist, PhD, Stanford University, Gina Baldi, MEd, Children’s Health Care Council and Michelle Briggs, OTR/L, SIPT Cert., Stanford Children’s Health

Registration Fee: $100 includes continental breakfast, lunch and breakout session of your choice.

Registration Information

Registration is now full. Please join us for the 11th Annual Update on 3/17/18. Info coming soon. 

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

2017 Summer Scamper 6/25/17

Join the Autism Center Team at the Summer Scamper

Parent Support Group

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 Thursday (September through June) from 7:00-9:00pm at 401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA 94305. For more information, please click on the link above.

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.

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