September 23, 2014

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Fairfield County, Connecticut – The Kennedy Center’s Autism Project in Fairfield County is set to make big changes this fall.  They’re launching a new program, The Girls Club, which will be geared toward  girls in the program who fall on the autism spectrum.

The Kennedy Center’s Autism Project, established in 2006, was created by parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and is designed to address day-to-day obstacles faced by those involved.  Overall, the Autism Project serves more than 450 children with autism in the region.

The Girls Club was added onto the existing Autism Project because of the high influx of girls on the autism spectrum.

“We decided to offer this program to the community because there are so many new girls in our Autism Project.  Although autism spectrum disorders are five times more prevalent in boys, we felt the timing was right to offer this program to the community,”

said Ellen Livingston, manager of the Autism Project.

The girls who participate in the club will be enjoying activities that will help develop self-esteem and celebrate individuality.  Activities will include art, movement and games.  In addition to these activities, the club will offer discussion time called ‘chick’ chat, which will focus on important topics such as  fashion and staying safe.

The program began Thursday September 18 and will run for six consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 7:30. The cost of participation in the program is $155.

Parents can call Patricia Fountain at The Kennedy Center 203-332-4535 extension 236 to sign up, or Ellen Livingston at 203-908-3916 for more information.

The original article on the  Monroe Courier website can be read here


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