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.