Wake Chapter Social Support Groups:
Dad’s Group: Dads get together monthly, or so, for a social night out. No children please. For more information contact John Welch
Elementary/Middle School Families: This group meets frequently during the summer and school breaks and monthly (maybe more) during the traditional school year for kid play time and adult socializing. Activities are designed for families with children ages 7-12(ish) on the spectrum. Siblings are welcome. For more information about this group, please contact: Melissa Ripper.
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.
Mom’s Night Out: Moms get out together on a quarterly basis for a social evening. No children please. For more information please contact Sherry Warner
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 Sara Turner.
Parents of Adults With Autism Support Group will continue to meet again this year. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm (except July and August). Meetings are held at the Creative Living Center at 6300 Chapel Hill Road, Ste. 230 in Raleigh. Contact: Jeanie Timberlake at Jeanie Timberlake
Parents of Teens and Young Adults with HFA/Asperger’s is a parent support network that shares information and resources concerning teenagers and young adults with HFA/AS who are in high school or college or have recently begun employment. Please contact Robin Schiffmiller for more information.
Sibling Support Group: The meetings are monthly, September through April (not December) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Elk’s Lodge (corner of Millbrook & Leadmine in North Raleigh). We serve a Pizza dinner with punch and cookies. We charge $10 to cover the cost of the facilitator and food (scholarships are available as needed). Contact: Robin Schiffmiller
Outside Organizations who host Support & Social Skills Programs
iAspire!serving teens and young adults ages 14-22 with Aspergers or High Functioning Autism www.iaspireofnc.org. 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