I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and am a licensed
psychologist in the State of Connecticut. I treat children and adolescents with various life difficulties and diagnoses, although I specialize in treating behavioral and social problems associated with those with Autism
I maintain treatment practices that are scientific and research-based. Additionally, a strong therapeutic relationship is developed with each child and it is from this basis that change is effected. Compassionate listening, unconditional positive regard, goal setting, feedback, and cognitive and behavioral techniques are utilized to help children and families reach their goals. I believe that each and every child has strengths and the ability to change and grow.
I run weekly social skills groups for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. A self-created curriculum is employed and research-based social skill intervention components are embedded into it. In addition to research-based social skills programming, there is a structured, nonjudgmental, safe, and compassionate learning environment. In turn, children in my social skills groups feel safe to form connections with others, foster friendships, improve self-esteem, learn new skills, and fine tune emerging skills. Specialized supports are put into place to allow for social skills to transfer into daily life.
Hanley-Hochdorfer, K., Bray, M., Kehle, T.J., & Elinoff, M.J. (2010). Social stories to increase verbal initiation in children with autism and Asperger’s disorder. School Psychology Review, 39(3), 484-492.
Kate Hanley, Ph.D
152 Deming St
South Windsor, CT 06074