Community Events and Programs

Autism 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 the free monthly Parent Support Group meetings which are held the second Monday's of the month from 7pm-8:30pm (September through June) and are now virtual (until further notice) due to COVID-19. Please email us to be added to the our monthly email with the zoom information.  

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/Child Education & Training 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.

10th Annual Summer Scamper June 21, 2020

The 2020 Summer Scamper will be virtual due to COVID-19. Please click here to join Team Autism!  

CANCELLED: 13th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update


Dear Stanford Autism Conference Attendees,

We have been watching closely the spread of the Corona virus across the country and the world. We have about 20 cases of coronavirus in Santa Clara county and we are inclined at this time to cancel the 13th Annual Autism conference that was scheduled for March 21, 2020. It is very disappointing, but not surprising, that we had to make this decision especially in light of the guidance from Stanford University putting limits on the number of people attending conferences.

We are sure it is a major disappointment for everyone, faculty, professionals and parents, especially those that have already made plans to attend. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and we hope that these changes have not been very disruptive. 

Anyone that has paid via credit card will be refunded in the next week. We will contact those who have paid by check directly with information on their refund. Feel free to send us an email if you have a question about your refund status.

The 14th Annual Autism Update is scheduled for March 27, 2021 at the Li Ka Shing Conference Center. We will be in touch soon with registration information.

We are very sorry that we need to cancel and we look forward to seeing you soon. 


Antonio Hardan, MD and the Stanford Autism Conference Committee


12th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update March 23, 2019

“Autism through the Life Span” 

A one-day conference for parents, educators and care providers of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. This annual update will focus on new research and services for individuals with autism to optimize their long term functioning. Saturday, March 23, 2019 8:45am-4:30pm Li Ka Shing Conference Center 291 Campus Drive Stanford University, 94305 Cost: Early Bird Registration $125 (after 3/1, $150) 

Keynote Speaker Info (click on names for full bio):

Amy Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Florida State University: "Changing Developmental Trajectories of Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Strategies for Bridging Research to Practice"

Bryan King, M.D. University of California, San Francisco: "Psychopharmacological Approaches in ASD: Searching for Gold at the Intersection of Divining Rods and GPS" 

Carol Schall, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University: "Pathways to Employment"

New Trends in Autism Research at Stanford (Brief 20-minute presentations (including Q & A) from Stanford Researchers: 

Jessica Jillian Walsh, PhD: “Serotonin release in a specific brain region rescues social deficits in a mouse model of autism”

Kaustubh Supekar, PhD: "Brain basis of restricted and repetitive behaviors in children with autism" 

Mirko Uljarevic, PhD: "A Big Data Approach in Understanding Social Functioning across Neurodevelopmmental Disorders" 

Yair Bannett, MD: "Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder by Primary Care Providers: A Local Experience"  

Ruth O'Hara, PhD: “Slow Wave Sleep in ASD: Window to Etiology and Treatment” 

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

Breakout #1: "Mobilizing Community Systems to Improve Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Access to Care", Amy M. Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Breakout #2:"Advances in psychopharmacological treatment of individuals with ASD", Bryan King, MD

Breakout #3: Effective strategies to assist youth with ASD in the transition to employment", Carol Schall, PhD 

Early Bird Registration ($125, on 3/1 increases to $150) includes continental breakfast, lunch and breakout session of your choice.  

Conference runs from 8:45am to 4:30pm. Check in from 8:00am-8:45am

Registration at

Conference location: Li Ka Shing Conference Center, Stanford, CA

*scholarships are available. Please click herefor more info.

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