The Kennedy Center’s Autism Project organizes a Girls Club

Girls are going to have more than fun this fall at the Girls Club started by the Kennedy Center. The club is the first of its kind in Fairfield County and one of a few in the state geared to girls of all ages on the autism spectrum.

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

The Girls Club kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 18 and will run for six consecutive Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Services site, 4021 Main St., Stratford. The cost for all sessions is $155.

Art, games, ‘chick’ chat and activities

Participants will enjoy activities aimed at developing essential self-esteem and assisting girls in understanding and embracing their own individual qualities and personalities, according to a Kennedy Center press release.

Activities will include art, movement activities, and games. In addition, the girls will work in teams to prepare a light snack and engage in “chick” chat. Discussion topics will cover being social, fashion, being a girl and staying safe.

Who to contact

Parents can call the Kennedy Center’s Patricia Fountain at 203-332-4535, ext. 236 to sign up. For more information on the Autism Project, contact Ellen Livingston at 203-908-3916 or

The Kennedy Center Autism Project serves more than 450 local children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The program offers information referral and resources; family support and service coordination; behavioral services; and services for unmet needs within the community.

The Kennedy Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation organization that annually serves over 2,400 persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to their senior years. Learn more at