"I would like to thank you for your support in providing us with a Jack Ferrigno/Send a Kid to Camp grant. Special thanks to Chef Brett Smith and his team at Zolo Southwestern Grill in Boulder. With your generous support, my daughter just had two meaningful summer camp [experiences]. She loved the activities, especially archery, the climbing wall, dancing and swimming. My daughter is still very proud that she had been announced the award twice in front of the whole camp. It is definitely a beautiful memory for her and helped her sequence motor tasks, improve her core strength and coordination, and assist her with sensory regulation. Again, thank you for your kindly support."

- L.L.

Support Groups

 

The following ASBC support groups are social outlets to be sure, but they are also a place where the exchange among participants may be more problem/solution oriented. These groups are an excellent source of support, as well as a way to connect with others and share information and resources.

Longmont Coffee Group: A parent support group that meets the third Wednesday of every month, from 11:30am-12:30pm. Please contact moderator Wendy Vankonyenburg at 
wvankony@gmail.com to RSVP.

Support Group for Parents of Adults on the Spectrum: Facilitated by Nisa Libbey, this group meets the fourth Wednesday at 12:30-1:30pm at Confluence SBC - A Small Business Collective, 102 East Cleveland Street, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, Map.  For more information, please contact Nisa at (720) 308-2565. 

Social and Support Group for Young Adults with ASD (Ages 17-29): This group meets the Mondays from 5:30-6pm at Panera Bread on 29th Street mall.   This support group, which focuses on social skills, employment, college, and skills for independent living, is facilitated by Ruby Perske, a behavior therapist with Behavior Services of the Rockies . Parents or teens/young adults who have not attended this group before should call and check in with Ruby ahead of time to be sure the group is a good fit. The goal of this group is for members to meet peers in order to socialize, express experiences and struggles, and have a consistent and constant outlet in their community. Contact Ruby Perske at 785.220.5338 or email yellowfeather08@yahoo.com.

Lafayette Support Group for Adults with ASD (Ages 30 and older): Facilitated by Shannon Huntsberry and Meira Merz, this group is not meant to take the place of professional therapy, but rather to give participants an opportunity to discuss topics related to ASD in a safe and understanding environment. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month, from 6:30-8 pm at Confluence SBC - A Small Business Collective, 102 East Cleveland Street, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, Map. Prior to attending the first time, please contact Shannon at shannon.huntsberry@gmail.com. 

Creative Girls Teen Group: This group is a safe, non-judgmental environment for practicing socializing while engaged in creative pursuits of your choice. Your group leaders, Nisa Libbey and Katie Webb will be bringing their own projects to work on themselves. They are both interested in fiber arts such as spinning yarn, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and other activities such as origami, sewing, and visual arts. Nisa also enjoys tile mosaics. Bring your own projects. Nisa is an occupational therapist specializing in children and adults with developmental differences. Katie is a tailor who grew up in Boulder, attending Summit Charter School and Fairview High School. Call Nisa for details, (720) 308-2565.
 

Boulder Support Group for Adults with ASD (Ages 30 and older): Facilitated by Linda Baran and Julie Darrow, this group is not meant to take the place of professional therapy, but rather to give participants an opportunity to discuss topics related to ASD in a safe and understanding environment. Prior to attending the first time, please contact Julie Darrow at info@autismboulder.org. This group meets the 4th Thursday of the month from 6:00-8pm at the Impact Hub, 1877 Broadway, Suite #100.

Sibling Tree Sibling Support Group (for kids and teens ages 5-18):  Facilitated by Sandra Tucker, Sibling Tree is a free monthly support group for kids who have a brother or sister with autism or other special need. Sandra engages the kids in activities that get them talking, laughing and bonding. Older siblings and younger siblings do separate activities that are appropriate for each. The group meets one Saturday each month, from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm. Call Sandra for summer meeting locations. For more information, please contact Sandra at sandra@siblingtree.org or 720 840 3001.

Boulder Evening Support Group: Come join us for an evening of adult conversation at The Taj at 2630 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305. ASBC will provide for food and non-alcoholic drinks. The focus of this group will be for parents of children who are preschool through high school age. Please RSVP to Steph Fairbanks, the group's facilitator, at stephanie.fairbanks@gmail.com, 720 550 2968. 

East County Support Group: This group is intended for parents, grandparents, anyone experiencing and experimenting with the joys and challenges of living with different abilities. We meet the first Wednesday of the month, 10-11 a.m. at Proper Grounds in the Lafayette “mall” next to Subway, 400 W. South Boulder Rd. Ste 1100, Lafayette 80026. Please contact Julie Marshal at Julie@brainsong.net to RSVP and for more info. The focus of this group will be for parents of children who are preschool through high school age.