This session will review relevant research illustrating the unique characteristics of autism in females and the secondary impact of prevalence, possibly exacerbating social-communication impairments and risk for co-occurring mental health conditions. Most of the session will focus on designing and implementing interventions to promote overall social-emotional health and an overview of the Girls Night Out (GNO) model, a social skills and self-care program designed to address the unique needs of females with autism. Dr. Jamison will highlight key elements of the program, demonstrate strategies and supports utilized within various sessions, and present meaningful outcomes for girls with autism and their families. Finally, Dr. Jamison will discuss shifting paradigms from designing programs toward constructing models that promote inclusive communities for individuals of all abilities, outlining plans to “scale up” the GNO model, and build capacity to support these girls and women across the lifespan.
August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania