Kelly Yontef is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) for the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program (ASAT). She received her Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in CBT and uses that as the foundation of her work with students. Her approach to therapy is based in CBT, but draws on other approaches to create a model that is fluid and evolving as the needs of her students change. She teaches CBT both in the classroom and in the community by helping students learn the skills in the classroom and then practice them in real life situations. She has been part of the ASAT team for 11 years and truly loves working with adults with autism. She states “being part of this wonderful community of educators and students has been a truly rewarding and amazing experience. I am so lucky to be part of team of educators who truly love what they do and go above and beyond each day to create a place where adults with autism can learn to successfully achieve their goals and their independence”.