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LATEST NEWS: Fall Update 11/11/2016
Thank you for your interest and willingness to learn more about Project CASY social-recreation groups for children and adolescents living with autism. Since our founding in April 2014, all our programs are offered at no cost. If you haven’t already, please join our free online community by following the step-by-step instructions at the bottom of this webpage.
Project CASY groups emphasize social recreation; therefore, groups are designed to be fun above all things. While they are offered at no monetary cost, we understand that they are an investment in time and energy. Since we do not consider them therapy or treatment (and they should not replace formal therapy or treatment), we can focus on creating shared enjoyment among group members. Ultimately, we believe this fosters confidence and social motivation which are essential ingredients to building healthy relationships.
Integrating smoothly into group settings may be challenging for some children and adolescents living with autism. Therefore, we strongly believe that groups need to be “matched” so those involved have the best chance of connecting positively with each other. That is, participants should be compatible in as many areas as practical. Some basic areas include communication abilities, motivation, compliance, hobbies and other interests. Consequently, we like to get to know potential participants well in order to determine who will do well in a particular group. To accomplish this, we are scheduling face-to-face interviews with parents and their children/adolescents living with autism, so we can better match participants to specific groups. We are scheduling interviews now so groups can be launched as soon as possible. Please note that our first adolescent group will be launched the week of December 12.
Please feel free to email me directly (and securely) at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in our groups or if you would like additional information.
Roger J. Jou, MD, MPH, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor & Clinician
Yale Child Study Center
230 S Frontage Rd, Rm G-130
New Haven, CT 06519-1124
Community Autism Socials at Yale (Project CASY)
Project CASY is a university-organized online community of individuals living with autism and their families, friends, and professionals involved in their lives. The main purpose of Project CASY is promoting the quality of life of individuals living with autism. Project CASY does this using a collaborative approach, where community members meet together in person to share their thoughts and experiences while benefiting from the expertise of clinicians and researchers at the Yale Child Study Center. The online component allows for an extensive network spanning the entire state of Connecticut (and beyond) assuring diversity and eliminating isolation. In-person meetings typically take place monthly where members can regularly assemble to maintain ongoing dialogue in the service of the community’s goals. All meetings are facilitated by faculty and staff of the Yale Child Center who have dedicated their careers to autism in both clinical and research arenas. As the community grows, there will be subgroups to accommodate more specific interests.
Please note that all our programs are offered at no cost. Project CASY is sponsored in part by The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Adult Autism Research Fund, a generous gift from the Rosen family, and the clinical practice of Dr. Roger Jou at the Yale Child Study Center.
While there is also no cost to join Meetup or Project CASY, memberships in both are required to access the full content of our website and signup for events. Please see the bottom of this page for detailed instructions.
We currently offer three types of groups and meetings:
Parent and Provider Talkabout (PPT). This is our own version of the old classic and it's completely different! The name says it all: parents/family of individuals with autism meeting with community providers and other professionals to talk about autism. We welcome you to discuss your concerns and ideas, share your expertise, and consult with other parents/family members and local autism specialists in psychology and psychiatry. Refreshments and lots of useful information will be served!
Social Gathering for Adults Living with Autism (GALA). The purpose of Social GALA is to provide a supportive community and safe environment to nurture the growth and development of adults living with autism. This is done through partnership between the adult autism community and professionals at the Yale Child Study Center. Social GALA is largely driven by the community with facilitation by Yale faculty and staff. A variety of approaches are implemented and tailored to the interests and needs of attendees. We play socialize, play games, and discuss issues relevant to young adulthood, all while eating delicious New Haven pizza.
Read about our Social GALA in Autism Spectrum News. This issue is dedicated to supporting adults living with autism. Simply view the PDF online and scroll to page 8:
Chat 'n Chew (CNC). We are bringing back this old favorite with a new twist. University researchers and scientists meet with the greater autism community to discuss and share information about their autism research. CNC consists of a brief presentation followed by questions and open discussion. Topics are chosen by the organizers or suggested by members. As the name implies, food and drink will be served. All Project CASY members are welcome to attend and diversity in our membership is celebrated! The only requirement is genuine interest in autism.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SIGNING UP
There's more to this website, but in order to view it, you must be a member of Project CASY. To become a member, please do the following:
1) Click on the red "sign up" button at the top of the page. This will allow you to sign up for meetup.com. It is free and the information requested in minimal.
2) Simply enter a user name, your email address and password. Click on the red “sign up” button under the password field. Please note that a Facebook or Google account is NOT needed to sign up. You simply click on the red "sign up" button and ignore the purple "sign up with Facebook" and blue "sign up with Google" buttons.
3) After you are a member of meetup.com, return to the Project CASY front page http://www.meetup.com/ProjectCASY/ but this time click on the blue "join us" button on the upper right side of the screen. This will allow you to join Project CASY which is also free. You'll be asked some simple questions about yourself. It will ask you to upload a picture which can basically be any picture you like.
After you are a member, you can see all the content of the Project CASY website. Feel free to check out our upcoming meetings and browse the message board. As a member of Project CASY, you will be notified via email with any updates.
Thanks for your interest and look forward to meeting you in person!