Chapters Book Club



A Book Club for Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum.




Chapters Book Club: Brief Overview


Chapters Book Club: Brochure


Chapters Book Club: Enrollment Form


Chapters Book Club: Directions




Chapters Book Club:  Brief Overview:


What is the UML “Chapters Book Club”?

Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology) and Bridget Marshall Ph.D. (Department of English) are offering the Chapters Book Club at UMass Lowell for high-functioning adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum (aged 15-25 years). Participants will meet for 75 minutes once a week for eight weeks at UMass Lowell South Campus beginning in October 2011. Participants will  have the opportunity to read an interesting book and discuss it with other like-minded individuals.



What is the goal of Chapters Book Club?

The goal of the Chapters Book Club is to provide an opportunity for adolescents and young adults with ASD to enjoy reading a good book together and talk about various aspects of that book. Meetings will be informal and fun with an emphasis on meeting other people and making connections.



What will we do in the meetings?

Members of the book club will select a book together, as a group. Members will be expected to read some of the book at home and will also read some during our weekly meetings. Members will discuss the book on multiple levels during our meetings. The group will be facilitated by Dr. Marshall and by undergraduate and graduate students in the Psychology and English Departments.



The Chapters Book Club is for high functioning adolescents and young adults (ages 15-25 years) with an autism spectrum disorder. The program runs once a year beginning in October 2011. Sessions take place once a week for 8 weeks from 5:00-6:15 p.m. at UMass Lowell South Campus.



The Book Club costs $50 for the eight sessions (scholarships are available).



What else?

There is a research component to the Chapters Book Club in which participants are asked to complete some questionnaires and engage in some physiological testing. More details will be provided prior to enrollment. Participants must provide proof of diagnosis to participate in the Chapters Book Club (e.g. a recent neuropsychological report, letter from psychiatrist / psychologist etc.).



Contact Person?

For further information please contact:

Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D.

1 Mahoney Hall
870 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA  01854
Office: (978) 934-2930
Fax: (978) 934-3074





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