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Annette Estes

Annette Estes

Annette Estes, PhD, is the director of the University of Washington Autism Center. The UW Autism Center is committed to clinical services, research, and training to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families across the lifespan. She holds the Susan and Richard Fade Endowed Chair, is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Adjunct Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington. Her research is carried out at the UW Autism Center and Center on Human Development and Disability. She is the principal investigator on two intervention studies for very young children with early signs of autism; these are collaborative studies between the UW Autism Center, UC Davis, and Vanderbilt University using the Early Start Denver Model and A Work in Progress. Dr. Estes is also the co-principal investigator of the Infant Brain Imaging Study Network (IBIS) with Dr. Stephen Dager of the University of Washington site. Dr. Estes is especially interested in the role of the family in supporting positive outcomes for children with disabilities and improving the lives of people with ASD.

The Value of Getting to Know Your Child’s School Support Team

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“Why can’t you just tell me who her teacher is?!” Casey sits down on the couch, sweat beading on her brow as her daughter, Janie, repeatedly rewinds and watches the same clip of a cartoon on the iPad. Casey has been calling the school since June, when Janie’s teacher, Mrs. Naughton, retired after 25 years […]

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