Exciting Program Changes in Fall 2018!

What’s New?

Social Group

Starting in Fall 2018, ASNL will be offering a new social learning opportunity called Social Group!  Social Group is a new initiative that will replace the previous Social Club and Social Thinking Programs.

While Social Group still provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to socialize with their peers and make new friends, a bigger emphasis will be placed on promoting community integration.  Some activities will be centre-based, but many more will be focused on trying out new opportunities for fun with peers in the community!

This program will still be held in small groups of 4-8 peers for 1-2 hours (depending on age), with present ASNL staff and volunteers facilitating activities and mentor participants.  This program will run from September 2018 through June 2019.

Registration opens Tuesday, August 14th at 12:00 pm at www.autism.nf.net .

Family Events

We are adding more family events so that members and their families can participate in fun activities with other families! These events will occur approximately once a month and will provide opportunities for families to connect with others through a variety of different activities.

No registration required, just ensure your membership and contact info is up to date to get all the details about when and where!  Do you have a suggestion for Family Events? We’d love to hear it!

Adult Meetups

We are going to be scheduling Adult Meet-Ups for those adults who require support when accessing community activities.  These events will occur approximately once a month and will provide opportunities for adults on the spectrum, and their caregiver or support person, to join others in a community activity.

No registration required, just ensure your membership and contact info is up to date to get all the details about when and where!  Do you have a suggestion for Family Events? We’d love to hear it!

Why these changes?

In following with national program trends, ASNL has transformed its Social Club and Social Thinking Programs into the new Social Group Program.  This program continues to facilitate support and friendships among those with ASD and their families, while helping build bridges for even greater community integration.

Please note this is not a clinical social skills intervention; it is a program that provides opportunities for social growth, peer support, and community integration.

ASNL continues to listen to its members and provide supports and services that address existing gaps.  Families and individuals are looking for ways to support others and try new activities in the community so we are adding Family Events and Adult Meetups for Fall 2018.  These services are not limited to the metro region – if you live outside of the St. John’s area and would like to see Family Events or Adult Meetups in your area please let us know!

For further information about these changes please contact Sarah White swhite@autism.nf.net