AS OF NOW, THIS GROUP IS CLOSED TO NEW MEMBERS. IT MAY REOPEN IF I'M ABLE TO FIND ANOTHER ORGANIZER.
I encourage you to join this support group if you, your child, family member, spouse, or a friend, have Asperger's Syndrome. If you're someone who works regularly with children on the spectrum and wish to learn more, this is the group for you as well. I'm the parent of two young adults (20 and 18) both of whom have Asperger's. Their father has Asperger's as well, so I know what it's like being a wife AND mother of three on the spectrum. I wish to share my knowledge, trials, and tribulations with those who join. Also, I'd like my members who are on the spectrum to also share their knowledge. Parents (such as myself) and spouses certainly need understanding, guidance and knowledge of what it's like being the parents/mother/father/spouse/friend of one with Asperger's. Please note, this group is open to those on the spectrum, as well as those who are not, so it's a mixed group of Aspies and neurotypicals (those not on the spectrum), who have sought out a group to help them with their young children, teens, adults children, spouse. or friend. Please respect this issue. If you're looking for a group of just those on the spectrum, this group isn't for you. We are an all inclusive group, as I believe we can all learn from each other.
Children are certainly welcome and encouraged to attend, which is to help them establish a peer group and, hopefully, make and maintain new friends. However, I recommend that if you have a child on the spectrum under the age of 10, that they not attend meetings, as we don't have any very young children in attendance. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this issue. At this point, there are no children in attendance. That may change as membership continues to grow.
Also, in joining this group, I can help provide you with my at least 20+ years as a mother (or my 30+ years in dealing with a spouse on the spectrum), in dealing with the ups and downs of having a child or spouse with Asperger's, as well as going through IEPs, struggles most of the children/young adults have in navigating the big steps of moving up to junior high and high school and having to learn all new things, new people, and routines, and helping you advocate for your child or yourself. The members of this group also have insight and knowledge that can really help those of us not on the spectrum understand. This is the group for you to gain understanding and insight, as well as empathy to those with Asperger's Syndrome.
A monthly outing is also part of our schedule, with several successful outings already. Please see the schedule for information and dates. I'm hoping this can be done this year (2013); however, due to my health not being all that well lately, I'm still going to try to do this!
Please join us for support, information, and insight from those who knows what you're going through. Let this group comfort and guide you as you and yours travel on this journey called living with Asperger's Syndrome.