Social Support Groups

Wake Chapter Social Support Groups:

Grandparents Support Group: Join us for a meeting of grandparents to share experiences about the joys, concerns and challenges of having a grandchild with autism.  For more information about this group, please contact Eileen Hancox.

Newly Diagnosed/Young Families Playgroup: This group meets monthly for kid play time and adult socializing at local playgrounds.   This group is centered around families with children ages 18 months and older on the spectrum, but focuses on the needs of Newly Diagnosed families.  Siblings are welcome.  As part of this group, you also have access to our private Facebook Group for Young Families as well as the Chapter’s Yahoo Groups.  For more information about this group, please contact Kristin Deas.


Outside Organizations who host Support &  Social Skills Programs

iAspire!serving teens and young adults ages 14-22 with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism For more information or to inquire/register by phone to Karen (919) 244-5863. We also now offer opportunities for Volunteer Work for our participants at iASPIRE, ranging from resource library, research assistant, office assistance, indoor herb gardening in our solarium, and assisting in program preparation and event planning.

  •  Cary Youth Aspie Bowling for Ages 14-20 Guys and Girls welcome! Cary Buffaloe Lanes 151 High House Road Cary, NC 27511
  • Basic Cooking I: A (16)  hour hands cooking program that covers safety and sanitation, safe food storage for pantry, fridge, and freezer, proper knife skills, food prep, understanding the nutritional label, healthy snacking, balancing your diet, the 8 most common cooking methods through hands on preparations of recipes and variations, measuring and converting. cooking  terms and more.  We comprised our own cookbook and reference tool that each participant  keeps as a reference upon completion. Taught by a professional Chef and an assistant with only (4) participants in a session.  Its learning in this small setting that enhances the educational experience and once again provides increased social opportunities while learning a  critical life skill. This program is an investment in achieving  independence.
  • Hanging with Friends: This spin off activity is offered to participants that have taken one of our other programs and provides another opportunity to expand on the friendships while learning from each other. Everyone knows kids with Aspergers often have strong  areas of interest, so each month (generally the last Friday of the month), one of the  self proclaimed experts does a 15-20 minute presentation on their field of expertise to the rest of his/her peers. . They can deliver their presentation in any forum and then they field question from our the other participants. Beneath the fun is always a layer of essential life skills They improve their presentation skills, get to share their strong area of knowledge to their peers in an accepting environment, learn how to educate others on their knowledge in a forum that will help them in school and in their learning to present their point of view in everyday life as well they’re getting practice improving eye contact, delivering to a group, adjusting voice modulation, and reinforcing educational skills across a totally accepting  forum, free from judgements. Then after their presentation, there is a 90 minute iASPIRE guided activity  such as Learning to throw a Hand Tossed Pizza. Then socialize over the results of the mini cooking class.  Topics and activities change month to month.

Support group for adult siblings of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities:  Raleigh Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the Autism Society of North Carolina, offers this. It will focus on information and support that adult siblings might need as they and their families mature, their parents age, and they become more involved with their sibling with a disability. We meet the third Tuesday of every month at Pullen Community Center.  This group will be limited to 20 siblings.

Mariposa School for Autism Social Butterflies Program

3-C Family Services S.S. GRIN Social Skills Groups

Spectrum Resources Social Clubs for Middle and High Schoolers and Dinner Club for young adults with ASD