Research Projects

ASD Nest High School Model

Funded By:  FAR Fund

Year Funded: 2015

Kristie Patten Koenig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York University
Ben Esner, Director of the Center for K-12 STEM Education, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

NYU Steinhardt’s ASD Nest Support Project was awarded $50,000 by the FAR Fund to further the program’s High School Model. The ASD Support Project is part of the larger ASD Nest NYC Department of Education program, which aims to advance the development and implementation of educational solutions for children living with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Under the direction of co-principal investigators Kristie Patten Koenig, associate professor and department chair at NYU’s Department of Occupational Therapy, and Ben Esner, director of the Center for K-12 STEM Education, the high school model, “Oh the Places Students with ASD Can GO,” will be expanded. The program features input and collaboration with self-advocates who can speak at all ASD Nest High Schools to motivate students and faculty alike. The fully implementable model will be available for roll out for Academic Year 2016-2017.