Friday Apr 21, 2017

Dr. Raphael Bernier

Clinical Director / Associate Professor Seattle Children's Autism Center / Dept. of Psychiatry, UW

“The Science of Autism”

Introduced by: Adam Mihlstin

We are so fortunate to have Seattle Children’s Autism Center in our back yard.  Dr. Raphael Bernier, the Clinical Director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, was the perfect start to our All In For Autism Run this weekend, Sunday April 23rd.

Dr. Bernier explained that there is not a genetic test for autism.  The only detection is social challenges and restrictive and repetitive behaviors.

A challenge is figuring out how to treat autism and what category of autism the patient was classified.

In the mid 90’s, Dr. Bernier was working with children with a variety of challenges.  He read in the newspaper an opportunity for a position working with autistic children.   At the time he did not understand what autism was but was interested in the job, interviewed and was awarded the position.

He was lucky to work with a physiologist who was ahead of her time.  Together they conducted testing and studies in the autistic filed…..then he got married, joined the Peace Core.

After returning to the States, Dr. Bernier got right back into the autistic field studies.  This time the studies exposed a small common genetic mutation in autistic children with no relation to the mother or father.  These genes were found to impact the brain function.  With this finding, funding supported further analysis to uncover 800 genes affected.

After years of analysis one gene was consistently affected, a commonality with  26 children.   This was powerful because the finding showed a distinction for specific targeting.

Where is autism now?  50% of children with autism can be diagnosed, gene functionality can be enabled with medication and behavior based treatments are available that are very effective.

Seattle is second to the autism center in Atlanta, GA.

A side note:  The All In For Autism Run is Sunday, April 23rd.  After the run, one or our sponsors, 520 Bar and Grill, will be providing mimosas and bloody marys for race volunteers.

 

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All in for Autism 5K/10K Run/Walk – April 23rd, 2017

ALL IN FOR AUTISM PREPS RACE TO HELP FAMILIES DEALING WITH AUTISM

Fundraiser Event  •   Organized by Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk
By Kaj Pedersen

Learn about Nicole and Jack Gooldy’s uplifting story in living with Autism and the support they gain from Kindering. Then there is the life-changing experience that Kirby Winfield went through with his daughter Kate, who has down syndrome and autism. The Bellevue Reporter article has delivered a wonderful story of the lives that we can impact through our work with the All in for Autism event (www.allinforautism.org), which the BBRC organizes each year.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

All in for Autism preps race to help families dealing with autism

By Kaj Pedersen

Learn about Nicole and Jack Gooldy’s uplifting story in living with Autism and the support they gain from Kindering.  Then there is the life-changing experience that Kirby Winfield went through with his daughter Kate, who has down syndrome and autism.  The Bellevue Reporter article has delivered a wonderful story of the lives that we can impact through our work with the All in for Autism event (www.allinforautism.org), which the BBRC organizes each year.