Talking to Siblings About ASD

Siblings of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have unique needs and may have a range of feelings, both positive and negative, about their experience with their brother or sister with ASD. They may be reluctant to share these feelings with parents due to feelings of guilt (Opperman &...

The Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Yale

In the summer of 2013, a program for building relationships and promoting community for teenage girls and women with autism spectrum disorders began at the Yale Child Study Center, supported by a gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons. The initiative was conceptualized as a means of bringing together...

Community Autism Socials at Yale (Project CASY): Developing Group Intervention for Adults Living with Autism

Recommending a “social skills” group is a very common intervention seen in treatment plans of both children and adults living with autism. Despite their popularity, the evidence supporting the effectiveness of social skills groups in children is limited and the situation is more serious in...

Clinical Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience a range of vulnerabilities that span across areas of development, as well as vary throughout life. Thus, in order to accurately assess areas of need, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation is merited – oftentimes, at multiple...

Dr. Fred Volkmar of the Yale Child Study Center Answers Common Family Questions

Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Director of the Yale Child Study Center, recently shared his comments on some frequently asked questions from parents of children on the autism spectrum: Q: What type of patients do you see at the Developmental Disabilities Clinic in Greenwich? A: We have seen a range in...