Girl's Night Out at Yale

Girl's Night Out is a program devoted to helping teenage young woman develop a positive self concept. The program was designed by Rene Jamison, Ph.D. of the University of Kansas to address the particular challenges in socialization that happen as young women enter their teen years and navigate high school and beyond.  The approach is peer-mediated and targets skills such as developing shared interests and learning reciprocal conversation. The meetings happen at the Child Study Center and in community contexts. Dr. Jamison has published her findings on this program in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

ArtworXX Exhibit Opening, May 15, 2016, Yale Center for British Art

On May 15, 2016, the Initiative for Girls and Women with ASDs held an exhibition and reception for the teen artists who had participated in the Art program sponsored by the Initiative and the Yale Center for British Art. The work displayed represented the work of each of our teen artists, as they explored various media and approaches to doing art. The reception was a smashing hit, with over 250 people attending the initial reception! We were thrilled that so many friends and museum-goers enjoyed our art, and we are ready to do it again!

Horseback riding

Horseback riding at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Naugatuck has been an ongoing experience. After our initial lessons in the summer of 2014, a group of our teens have continued to ride every Saturday. This has been a great experience for all, and we encourage anyone interested to contact Kathy (kathy.koenig@yale.edu) to learn more about how to get involved. Hidden Acres is a therapeutic riding center owned by Mary and Theron Simon. They are devoted to making riding a wonderful experience for children and adults of all ages. 

Movie night for Teens

We really enjoyed "Girl Rising" shown at the Child Study Center.  The movie is the story of nine girls who confront incredible challenges in their lives, and triumph. It's an inspiring story that reminds us how powerful and amazing girls and young women can be when they gather their resources and their courage to deal with issues in their lives.   One of our friends said "if you feel strongly about something, I think you should be absolutely stubborn [about it] !" One girl from the film thought of herself as a superhero and this helped her to feel better about a terrible experience she had to cope with. We talked about the qualities these girls showed: brave, optimistic, cool, determined and hard-working. 

Another friend said:  

"maybe I should stand up and put myself out there...."   

There's so much to think about with this movie. It's going to have a lasting impression. 

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