Community Events and Programs

12th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update March 23, 2019

Thank you to all who attended! If you would like to submit an evaluation, please go to

*we will be posting speakers slides/info below as they send them to us

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

Summer Scamper June 23, 2019

Join the Autism Center Team at the 2019 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!

Parent Support Group- NOW MEETING on SECOND MONDAYS September-June

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/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.

11th Annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update March 17, 2018

“Autism through the Life Span”

Thank you for attending. Please click here to fill out the conference evaluation if you did not submit a written evaluation at the conference. Please check below for presenter slides which we will be posting as we receive.

Keynote Speaker Info:

"Developmental social neuroscience meets public health challenge: A new system of healthcare delivery for infants and toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.” Ami Klin, Ph.D. Director, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine

"Improving Diagnosis and Treatment in School age children: Perspectives from clinical setting to classroom observation”  Thomas Frazier, Ph.D. Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer

“Decreasing Barriers to Education and Employment for Adults with ASD” 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):

Session A: Ami Klin, PhD: “Optimizing outcomes, moment-by-moment: The next generations of children with autism spectrum disorder”

Session B: Tom Frazier, PhD: “Autism Speaks: Complementing the autism research landscape” 

Session C: Lynn Koegel,PhD, with Grace Gengoux, PhD, BCBA-D “Motivating young children to communicate and play with peers”  SLIDES BELOW

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

*The deadline for scholarships has passed. If you have any questions, please email: 

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

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!