Autism Spectrum Specialists and Therapists in Kansas City

Jeanne Holverstott, MS, has worked as an autism specialist for 15 years. She began practicing with Responsive Centers for Psychology and Learning in 2006 before co-founding New Leaf Therapy Group in January 2015.

Education and Experience

Jeanne obtained a Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas, specializing in Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Her background includes working with children, adolescents and adults on the spectrum for more than 17 years. Jeanne has experience as a paraeducator, home therapist, teacher, in-home service provider and a community-based specialist.

Additionally, when Jeanne was an undergraduate student at Northwestern University, she co-directed a camp at a Jewish community center in Chicago for children with ASD.

Jeanne believes autistic individuals need not be “fixed” or remediated. She seeks to create a therapeutic environment free of ableism. Jeanne has particular interest and expertise in working with adult autistic women, serving approximately 15 autistic women individually and/or in a women’s group.

Jeanne sees clients all over the United States, using Zoom.  

Autism Specialist Services

• Conducting problem-solving support services for teenagers and adults with ASD, for both individuals and families.

• Executing 15 weekly social skills groups, age ranges 12 to adulthood.

• Teaching classes about ASD at Johnson County Community College.

• Improving the quality of life for adults with ASD. For instance, preparing for job interviews, developing daily living skills, and maintaining routines to live independently.

• Directing the ASD screening clinic.

Autism Spectrum Organizational Experience

First, Jeanne founded Camp Confidence in 2010. Camp Confidence was a weeklong summer day camp designed to help middle school students with ASD feel empowered in social interactions.

After that, Jeanne co-founded C.H.A.S.E., a 501©3 organization in 2014. This organization unites individuals and families impacted by the spectrum. Specifically, they strive to increase awareness, boost tolerance, and promote participation in all environments.

Finally, C.H.A.S.E. envisions communities that value individuals with ASD. Above all, C.H.A.S.E. encourages community participation in efforts to include this population.

Autism Spectrum Articles and Research

Furthermore, Jeanne has written several articles about increasing self-determination in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. For example, Jeanne co-authored Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals with Brenda Smith Myles.

Jeanne Holverstott

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Jeanne also runs the Autistically Allied support group and blog, which is dedicated to connecting autistics and non-autistics with information and resources.

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  • That’s Not What You Said; That’s Not What I Meant
    A couple has a fight. That fight sounds a bit like this.  “You said you were going to call the delivery company today,” says Sherry to John. Feeling accused, John defends himself, “Everything else is packed and labeled. I’ll do it tomorrow.” Sherry responds, “Okay, but, why didn’t you call… Read more »
  • COVID-19 Exposes Ableist Assumptions of Autistic Social Interaction
    Many seem to think autistics are innately built or born for handling COVID-19’s regimen of sheltering in place and social distancing. There is this semi-truthful, semi-tongue-in-check notion that autistics must be fine, even thriving, right now. The absence of social interaction in “the world” is their default, so hunkering down… Read more »
  • Safe Distance on the Neurohighway: Personal Space in Relationships
    Personal space is typically defined in terms of physical space. Specifically, the area immediately surrounding a person. The size and permeability of this buffer varies per person - per nonautistic person. Personal space is typically defined by the needs and responses of nonautistics.  Autistics tend to need more personal space… Read more »
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Jeanne Holverstott

Autism Spectrum Specialist, MS

913-717-6603 Office

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