Program for Girls and Women with ASDs at the Yale Child Study Center
An initiative to address the unique needs of girls and women with autism spectrum disorders (and their families) is underway at the Yale Child Study Center. This initiative will address intervention needs, other services such as leisure activities, and skill-building classes, and will consider avenues for research in these domains. Training for mentors and clinicians interested in learning how girls and women with ASDs differ in their development as compared with boys and men will be part of this initiative as well.
Psychotherapy, group therapy, and psychopharmacological consultation will be part of this program as well.
The first steps of the Program will be to hold a series of focus groups for parents of girls and young women with autism spectrum disorders, as well as one focus group for young women with ASD to learn about the unique challenges, obstacles and barriers to services that they have experienced over the years. The results of these focus group discussions will be compiled (no personal or protected health information will be included) and the information used to begin developing services for girls and young women with ASDs at the Child Study Center. Educational experiences, leisure activities and therapeutic activities for individuals and families will be developed based on needs identified through the focus groups.
Kathy Koenig, M.S.N. is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatry, and an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. Kathy has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. She has special expertise completing clinical evaluations of children with developmental disabilities with a special focus on assessment and intervention for children with ASD. She has recently published a book Practical Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child Specific Interventions, published by Norton. This book presents the state of the art research on what intervention methods are effective in helping children develop new social behaviors that will generalize to multiple settings. Most importantly, the book guides the professional in assessing the social strengths and weaknesses of the child so that intervention is customized to the individual child. Kathy has a special interest in girls and young women with ASD and the special issues they encounter as they develop and grow into adulthood.
If you are the parent of a girl/young woman with an ASD, and are interested in participating in a focus group, please contact:
203 737 4337
Focus groups will be held in the evening at the Child Study Center.