ABOUT MyCoG

My Circle of Girls, is a social and service group for girls living with autism in the Triangle (NC) and beyond. Our monthly programs bring our girls together for various private and community activities that enable them to bond and for their parents to connect. My Circle of Girls, fondly called MyCoG, was created in April 2014. At its inception, programming was created for girls ages 2-6. In August that same year, the program added the 7-11 age category. Understanding that girls’ interestsareas and needs change as they age, MyCoG aims to expand programming addressing social competence and self-care skills as our girls grow.

 

 


Dawn Douglas Dudley

Director

dawn dudleyA passionate autism advocate, Dawn began My Circle of Girls after agonizing what her daughter’s social future will entail. Understanding the value of relationships with others, particularly the bond between females, the mother of two sought opportunities for her daughter to connect with others that would understand her daily experiences as a girl living with autism. Unable to find programs or groups that provided such a unique avenue for connection, My Circle of Girls was birthed from a God-given vision that directly answers a need for many girls seeking relationships that will positively influence their social development. Dawn, a public relations professional by training, has big dreams for MyCoG and the girls involved.

Dawn has previously worked with the NC Council of Community Programs and NC Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

L’Teisha Thompson Curtis

L’Teisha Thompson Curtis

Board Member

 

L’Teisha Thompson Curtis has worked with children and families for more than 15 years.  Her career experiences include teaching, inclusion support, a developmental therapy, and Head Start management with each position focusing on Early Intervention for children birth to six years of age whom are identified as at risk and/or have developmental disabilities.  She received her Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Birth through Kindergarten Education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2002. She completed a Masters of Education Degree in Early Intervention and Family Support with a specialization in Diversity and Disabilities from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  I have a passion for my career in the field of Early Childhood and value the opportunity to serve on the advisory board for My Circle of Girls to collectively and positively impact girls with Autism and their families in our community. Together We Can!

 

Candace Dudley

Candace Dudley

Board Member

 

Candace Dudley is a graduate of North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University. While in school, Candace knew that she wanted to work with children and families. After graduating with a bachelors in Early Childhood she moved to Maryland to work with children with Autism for six years. She knew that at that point working with children with various disabilities was her passion. Candace is currently working with the youth of North Carolina with the Department of Administration.

 

Michelle Haskin

Michelle Haskin

Board Member

 

Michelle is a mother of two children, a wife, and a teacher in higher education who is interested in promoting classroom engagement and active teaching and creating a more inclusive and accessible community for all individuals. She’s specifically interested in fostering self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy for girls on the spectrum and hopes to create a “tribe” of neurodiversity where individuals feel accepted, safe, and free to celebrate who they are.

 

Jennifer Minnelli

Jennifer Minnelli

Board Member

 

I am a Speech Language Pathologist with over 15 years’ experience, across a variety of settings. My areas of expertise include Autism (all levels of functioning), pediatric dysphagia with medically fragile populations, and more straightforward speech and language intervention. I have developed particular expertise with treatment for social communication for individuals with social learning deficits, using the Social Thinking core concepts and teachings. I have a real passion for helping individuals with differences connect, make friends, and engage in their functional settings and I love collaborating with their caregivers, to bring about optimum success for my patients. In the greater Triangle Community, I have been a passionate advocate for families with loved ones with special needs.

 


IN THE NEWS

This Mom's Response to Autism Being 5 Times More Likely for Boys Than Girls

This Mom’s Response to Autism Being 5 Times More Likely for Boys Than Girls

The Mighty

August 20, 2015
http://themighty.com/2015/08/this-moms-response-to-autism-being-5-times-more-likely-for-boys-than-girls/#ixzz3k2gkBSth

 

After daughter's autism diagnosis, mom starts group to find more girls like her

After daughter’s autism diagnosis, mom starts group to find more girls like her

GoAskMom WRAL.com

August 9, 2015

http://www.wral.com/after-daughter-s-autism-diagnosis-mom-starts-group-to-find-more-girls-like-her/14596197/#VMKMGpd8kKJP4VjJ.99

My Circle of Girls: Bringing Girls with Autism Together

My Circle of Girls: Bringing Girls with Autism Together

Autism Daily Newscast

August 12, 2015

http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/tag/my-circle-of-girls/

Girls with autism show off gymnastics skills

Girls with autism show off gymnastics skills

The Herald Sun

March 8, 2015

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x923743115/Girls-with-autism-show-off-gymnastics-skills

Durham mom starts Triangle-wide group for girls with autism

Durham mom starts Triangle-wide group for girls with autism

Chapel Hill News, The News and Observer

April 27, 2014

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/article10324451.html

Midtown Raleigh News, The News and Observer

April 27, 2014

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/midtown-raleigh-news/article10324454.html

 

Durham News, The News and Observer

April 18, 2014

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/article10322930.html

Mother starts group for girls with autism

Mother starts group for girls with autism

Autism Daily Newscast

April 28, 2014

http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/mother-starts-group-for-girls-with-autism/10460/snapshot/

Missing autistic girl is returned safely to Durham school

Missing autistic girl is returned safely to Durham school

The News and Observer

October 10, 2014

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article10092194.html