SELF for Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum

Social Experiences, Learning, and Fun

With thanks

Our work is primarily supported by a gift from Marilyn and Jim Simons.

We work to address the unique needs of girls and women on the autism spectrum. Over the last ten years, autism experts have begun to appreciate how different socialization and communication processes are for girls and women. SELF addresses these communication and social differences through fun group activities, such as art classes, swimming, horseback riding, and movie nights. These activities create a safe and supportive environment for girls on the spectrum to pursue their interests.

The purposes of the Initiative are:

  1. To understand the unique needs of teens and young women with ASDs;
  2. To promote social development through recreational and communal activities and to measure gains in social development, a sense of personal competency and self-worth;
  3. To educate others and inspire research regarding the unique profile and needs of girls with ASDs.