Stanford offers series on autism for parents

Starting Jan. 13, 10-part program to cover behavior management, research and more

Parents of children and teens with autism are invited to a 10-part educational series put on by researchers at the Stanford Autism Center at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

The Thursday evening series, starting Jan. 13, will cover "the basics of behavior management, how to navigate the service system, research updates, and home strategies for skills building and stress reduction," according to Jennifer Phillips, clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Packard Children's Hospital.

The sessions are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at 401 Quarry Road, Palo Alto. Registration is available for individual sessions or for the entire series. A fee of $5 per person, per session will be charged.

"This community of parents is always seeking the latest education and information," Phillips said, adding that parents may join at any time during the series.

"We're excited about sharing our knowledge, and expect a lot of community interest."

Many sessions apply to parents of any child with autism spectrum disorder while others apply to certain age groups or levels of language ability, she said.

"At the conclusion of the 10 weeks, we plan to start the sessions again, along with adding any new learnings," Phillips said.

For more information or to register, parents may go to the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry website, e-mail or call 650-721-6327.

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