"We used the [Send a Kid to Camp grant] money to send our son, a 17-year-old with Asperger's, to the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, held at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts. This camp enabled him to further develop his writing talent, but perhaps more importantly for him and for us, it provided an opportunity for him to get a taste of independent mobility and residence life prior to applying for college.As a result of this experience, we are now much more confident--and he feels more prepared--for his managing the responsibilities of independent living in college. It was a great foundation to build on both academically and socially."
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: Meets the third Tuesday of every month, from 12:30-1:30pm. Grab a cup of coffee at Que’s (free to ASBC that morning), then head over for some lively conversation at The Family Garden, 600 Airport Rd., Suite B, Longmont. Contact: Julie Darrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Group for Parents of Adults on the Spectrum: Facilitated by Nisa Libbey, this group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8pm and 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 Asperger’s Syndrome (Ages 17-29): This group generally meets the fourth Saturday of each month, from 1-2 pm, at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 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 email@example.com.
Boulder Support Group for Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (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 Asperger's Syndrome 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASBC's Support Group for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome (Ages 30 and older): Facilitated by Kristin Lavelle, Adeline Holter 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 Asperger's in a safe and understanding environment. Prior to attending the first time, please contact Julie Darrow at email@example.com. This group meets the 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30-8pm at The Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder. Directions and Map
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 720 840 3001.
Boulder Evening Support Group: Come join us for an evening of adult conversation at Turley's (NE corner of 28th and Pearl Street), 2805 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO. 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 email@example.com, 720 550 2968.