6511 NE 18th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
The SW WA Tweens and Teens Autism Social Club is a fun monthly event focusing on gaming that takes place on the third Saturday of most months. We currently meet at The Arc of Southwest Washington Family Center at 6511 NE 18th St. in Vancouver, WA.
Tweens and teens on the autism spectrum are invited to attend a fun monthly social game club. Parents must stay on the premises and are invited to join the other parents and facilitators in the parent room for support and socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but the intent is that this club is is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and fun with friends. Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games. We will also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.
Siblings and peer mentors ages 10 and up are also invited to attend. We are looking for brothers and sisters who are compassionate, understanding, and interested in spending some time socializing with their siblings and making new friends.
Pizza, snacks, games, fun!
$5 per family + please bring a snack to share (example: chips, dessert, veggies, fruit).
The SW WA Tweens and Teens Autism Social Club launched in October 2015. It is the brainchild of facilitator, Tara O’Gorman who has experience leading an Asperger’s Teen Club in Portland. This club is an addition to Autism Empowerment’s Autism Social Club / Game Club for grades K – 12th that meets the last Friday of each month.
In addition to monthly game night, we also have a closed group page on Facebook for Social Club members. If you live in Southwest Washington and have children, tweens or teens on the autism spectrum, we invite you to join.
1) Send a Facebook request to join the group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/93355201791/
2) Send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a little information about yourself and your family or you may also call us at (360) 852-8369. (This is for the protection of all our group members. We want to make sure that you have a genuine connection with autism and with our region.)
Example: Hi, my name is Jane Doe and my husband and I have an 11 year old son on the autism spectrum and a 13 year old daughter who is typically developing. We live in Vancouver and looking forward to meeting other families. Thanks!
**** UPCOMING SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGE! ****
No Meeting in June 2016
Next SW WA Tweens & Teens Social Club is Saturday, July 23rd (4th Saturday for this month ONLY)
** NEW for July 2016 – Parents will be able to meet in the back for a support group facilitated by Linda Baugess. (This group originally met the 2nd Thursday of each month but will now meet the same time as the Tween and Teen Club.)
** NEW for July 2016 – Torin Tashima will be starting a Tween/Teen Book Club to meet at the same time and location. This is an option for youth who may prefer reading or discussing books to playing board/video games. More details coming soon!