Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro

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Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro 2017-10-20T21:43:21+00:00

Community Calendar and local Autism Empowerment Outreach

Hello! Welcome to Autism Empowerment’s Community Calendar page.  We are based in Vancouver, WA in Clark County. This section contains a calendar of upcoming Autism Empowerment  events taking place in the Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon metro area.

You can view by day, week or month. Click the tabs below and you can view by category, by tag or in a variety of visual viewing formats.

Dec
15
Fri
2017
SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group @ Stephen's Place - Front Conference Room
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group

Autism Support Group for Dads & Male Caregivers

For the past four years, Autism Empowerment has hosted and facilitated a support group for dads and male caregivers living or working in the Southwest Washington area. Men from the Portland area or outside this region are also welcome to attend.

Casual – Impactful – Meaningful Support

Monthly casual meetings with periodic events and other connection opportunities

Open to Dads and male caregivers who are supporting children, teens and adults of all abilities on the autism spectrum and/or with neurological differences. This is a peer to peer group and topics range widely but often include: parenting, school, employment, social opportunities, healthcare, housing, guardianship and community resources.

We also occasionally bring in guest speakers.

Free free to also join our online Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

  • When: 3rd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664 (new location as of October 2017)
  • Parking available in front and side. Meeting is in front conference room.
  • Bring: Yourself and any resources you might like to share
  • Snacks, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment with space provided by Stephen’s Place
  • Cost is free, however donations to Autism Empowerment are always appreciated and tax-deductible.

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017 (subject to change)

  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, November 17th
  • Friday, December 15th

For more information, please contact:

John Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – john@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

Please join us at our next meeting! Newcomers are welcome at any time

 

Dec
16
Sat
2017
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ Lifepoint Church
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club

The SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club is a game night and social club for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 19 on the autism spectrum who require minimal adult supervision during socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but this is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and have fun with old and new friends.

Parents or guardians must stay on the premises and are invited to join other parents and facilitators in the parent room for connection and friendship.   

Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.   There is a space for Legos and crafts for those who want to do something creative. We also have a Teen/Tween Book Club that runs concurrently from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Peer mentors ages 11 and up are invited to attend along with siblings.  We are looking for brothers and sisters or close friends who are compassionate, understanding, and interested in spending some time socializing with their siblings and making new friends.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months ** from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

2017 Schedule

 

Saturday, December 16th

** Schedule subject to change based on weather or emergency.

2018 Schedule

No gathering in January 2018

Saturday, February 17th

Saturday, March 17th

TBD

How much does it cost to take part?

The cost for each club night is $10.00 per family. Please also bring a snack to share with others.  We will provide pizza and drinks.  If $10.00 is beyond your capability, please do not let that keep you away. We value you and your family, and we want everyone to feel included and welcome. Bring snacks, offer to volunteer some time assisting with set up or clean up, or talk to us about how you can help our group be successful. There are many ways to contribute if you can. We love our Tweens and Teens and their amazing families!

Where does the group meet?

As of October 2017, we have a new larger location that better accommodates our fantastic group.

We are meeting at LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. (Near Costco.) We will have multiple rooms for meeting, including a larger room for main gaming, a slightly smaller room for board games and quieter activities and Tween & Teen Book Club.

The Tween & Teen Social Club is facilitated by Tara O’Gorman with the help of a variety of awesome volunteers!

Tween & Teen Book Club takes place for an hour during Tween & Teen Social Club and is led by Torin Tashima. This usually takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

While tweens and teens have the opportunity to socialize and hang out, parents have the option to participate in a casual support group that meets in a nice-sized conference room. This parent support group is currently facilitated by Aaron Blackwelder and may occasionally include guest speakers.

How do you define minimal adult supervision? Would this be a good fit for my son or daughter?

Youth finding success in the Tween/Teen Club usually have an Asperger or similar kind of autism spectrum profile. We welcome youth of varying ability levels and understand that social and sensory challenges may arise.

The expectation is creating a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees where youth can be social with one another with as little adult interference as possible.

If there is a situation which requires adult mediation, our facilitator, Tara and other volunteers are on-hand to assist. If a situation arises which our volunteers determine to be unsafe or not appropriate and can’t be resolved or curtailed (e.g. swearing, spitting, hitting, property damage), the parent/guardian on-site will be expected to assist.

Tween and Teen Club Wish List

We need your help. If you have old game system that you don’t use, electronic or board games you no longer play and/or small TVs that could be used to support more gaming systems, please consider donating them. Here is a list of what we are looking for. Wish List

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Our social club facilitator and founder is Tara O’Gorman. 

My name is Tara O’Gorman, and I am a proud mom to two sons, including a teenager on the autism spectrum.  
 
I am an independent consultant and advocate for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a group facilitator for adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s. I have served on the Board of Directors of Autism Empowerment since October 2016 and am also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Spectrums Magazine.
My vision for the Tween and Teen Social Club is to provide a fun, independent, peer-mentored social group for youth ages 11-19 and a place for families to interact and find support in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

If you have questions about the club, please contact Tara.

941-322-4229

taraO@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aetweenteensocialclub/

If you have questions about Autism Empowerment, please feel free to contact us directly at info@autismempowerment.org or call (360) 852-8369.

We also invite you to join the Autism Empowerment Tween and Teen Social Club Facebook Group. The Facebook group is open to local families throughout the SW WA and Portland metro area, however you will need to request access as we want it to be a safe environment for all our families. Once you request access, you will be contacted by one of our moderators and will be asked to confirm your connection with autism and our region.

Autism Support Group for Parents of Teens & Tweens @ Lifepoint Church
Dec 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Asperger’s / Autism Parent Support Group

Autism/Asperger Parent Support Group (Tweens and Teens)

Positive, Casual, Impactful and Meaningful Support in Southwest Washington

This group helps support parents with students on the autism spectrum that would be considered tweens or teens (ages 11 – 19).  It is geared toward those who are wanting a positive place to talk about successes and challenges that they and their children may be facing.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months from 6:30 –  8:30 pm. 

2017 Schedule

 

Saturday, December 16th

2018 Schedule

No meeting in January 

Saturday, February 17th

Saturday, March 17th

TBD

How much does it cost to take part?

This group is free for parents and caregivers to attend, however if you have tweens or teens attending our social club the same night, the cost for them is $10 per family. Snacks are also provided.

Where does the group meet?

The group meets within a conference room at LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. (Next to Costco) The group meets during our Tween & Teen Social Club (which runs from 6 – 9 pm) so that parents can take part in support and education while youth socialize and connect. Please park in the parking lot behind the church and enter through back door. The conference room will be one of the first rooms on the right.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Aaron BlackwelderPlease contact Aaron Blackwelder if you have questions about our support group!

360-852-8369

AaronB@AutismEmpowerment.org 

Dec
21
Thu
2017
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6
Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE)

is a group for parents, partners and adults on the autism spectrum wanting a fresh perspective of what autism can mean in their lives. 

This facilitated support group is for adults, both neurotypical and neurodiverse.  We welcome parents raising children of all ages on the autism spectrum. We also welcome adults on the autism spectrum. Members of AWE share a vision of creating a safe space to discuss struggles and concerns related to the autistic experience.  Each of us has our own path to a greater awareness of ourselves and our loved ones. This is an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh perspectives and better tools to understand our situations and each other.

This is not a therapy. It is about relating to our children, our family, our friends and ourselves. The goal is to gain fresh insights rather than imposing existing (possibly limiting) perspectives on others.

We focus on the daily opportunities autism presents that enhance the world we live in.

This is a safe environment to consider and to receive favorably- that is embrace – the pieces of autism that we may not have been taught to value.  When we can do that we are relaxed and open.  From there, trust and self-confidence are allowed to flourish.

AWE is for parents, caretakers, (adult) family members, partners and adults on the autism spectrum interested in assuming achievement is possible.

This is a safe environment for us to feel confused yet gain clarity and support. It is ALSO a place to embrace the idea that not understanding something doesn’t have to create fear. AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) is a support group underneath the umbrella of Autism Empowerment.

When we perceive autism as something to value, we can relax. We then trust, knowing that autism is simply one experience of many.

 Celebrate, embrace and allow autism to be what it is meant to be! Congratulations on being a part of this community!

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings for 2017

Thurdsay, October 19th

Thursday, November 16th

Thursday, December 21st

How much does it cost to take part?

This group is Free to attend. Light snacks are also provided.

Where does the group meet?

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in Portland at:

Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6, 4805 NE Glisan Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97213

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot – Enter through Glisan Street Parking Garage)

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Shasti McLaughlin if you have questions about our support group!

503-781-2461 or ShastiM@autismempowerment.org

Please also join our Facebook group online at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/awetismweembrace/

Shasti spent years in public schools as a para-educator, working with deaf children severely impacted by autism. Several years later, she gave birth to her own daughter diagnosed at age 5.

During her time in the school system, Shasti discovered that no matter what level of function a child is diagnosed as having, each child is cognizant of the world around them and paying attention.

She decided to believe in these children and follow their lead in their learning. The discoveries that have followed have been eye-opening for Shasti and others.

She has discovered there is much to appreciate about autism and the possibilities it gives to life.

“Everything has its beauty;

 not everyone sees it.”

~ Confucius

Jan
18
Thu
2018
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE)

is a group for parents, partners and adults on the autism spectrum wanting a fresh perspective of what autism can mean in their lives. 

This facilitated support group is for adults, both neurotypical and neurodiverse.  We welcome parents raising children of all ages on the autism spectrum. We also welcome adults on the autism spectrum. Members of AWE share a vision of creating a safe space to discuss struggles and concerns related to the autistic experience.  Each of us has our own path to a greater awareness of ourselves and our loved ones. This is an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh perspectives and better tools to understand our situations and each other.

This is not a therapy. It is about relating to our children, our family, our friends and ourselves. The goal is to gain fresh insights rather than imposing existing (possibly limiting) perspectives on others.

We focus on the daily opportunities autism presents that enhance the world we live in.

This is a safe environment to consider and to receive favorably- that is embrace – the pieces of autism that we may not have been taught to value.  When we can do that we are relaxed and open.  From there, trust and self-confidence are allowed to flourish.

AWE is for parents, caretakers, (adult) family members, partners and adults on the autism spectrum interested in assuming achievement is possible.

This is a safe environment for us to feel confused yet gain clarity and support. It is ALSO a place to embrace the idea that not understanding something doesn’t have to create fear. AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) is a support group underneath the umbrella of Autism Empowerment.

When we perceive autism as something to value, we can relax. We then trust, knowing that autism is simply one experience of many.

 Celebrate, embrace and allow autism to be what it is meant to be! Congratulations on being a part of this community!

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings for 2017

Thurdsay, October 19th

Thursday, November 16th

Thursday, December 21st

How much does it cost to take part?

This group is Free to attend. Light snacks are also provided.

Where does the group meet?

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in Portland at:

Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6, 4805 NE Glisan Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97213

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot – Enter through Glisan Street Parking Garage)

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Shasti McLaughlin if you have questions about our support group!

503-781-2461 or ShastiM@autismempowerment.org

Please also join our Facebook group online at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/awetismweembrace/

Shasti spent years in public schools as a para-educator, working with deaf children severely impacted by autism. Several years later, she gave birth to her own daughter diagnosed at age 5.

During her time in the school system, Shasti discovered that no matter what level of function a child is diagnosed as having, each child is cognizant of the world around them and paying attention.

She decided to believe in these children and follow their lead in their learning. The discoveries that have followed have been eye-opening for Shasti and others.

She has discovered there is much to appreciate about autism and the possibilities it gives to life.

“Everything has its beauty;

 not everyone sees it.”

~ Confucius

Jan
19
Fri
2018
SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group @ Stephen's Place - Front Conference Room
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group

Autism Support Group for Dads & Male Caregivers

For the past four years, Autism Empowerment has hosted and facilitated a support group for dads and male caregivers living or working in the Southwest Washington area. Men from the Portland area or outside this region are also welcome to attend.

Casual – Impactful – Meaningful Support

Monthly casual meetings with periodic events and other connection opportunities

Open to Dads and male caregivers who are supporting children, teens and adults of all abilities on the autism spectrum and/or with neurological differences. This is a peer to peer group and topics range widely but often include: parenting, school, employment, social opportunities, healthcare, housing, guardianship and community resources.

We also occasionally bring in guest speakers.

Free free to also join our online Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

  • When: 3rd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664 (new location as of October 2017)
  • Parking available in front and side. Meeting is in front conference room.
  • Bring: Yourself and any resources you might like to share
  • Snacks, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment with space provided by Stephen’s Place
  • Cost is free, however donations to Autism Empowerment are always appreciated and tax-deductible.

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017 (subject to change)

  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, November 17th
  • Friday, December 15th

For more information, please contact:

John Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – john@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

Please join us at our next meeting! Newcomers are welcome at any time

 

Feb
15
Thu
2018
AWEtism We Embrace Support Group @ Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE)

is a group for parents, partners and adults on the autism spectrum wanting a fresh perspective of what autism can mean in their lives. 

This facilitated support group is for adults, both neurotypical and neurodiverse.  We welcome parents raising children of all ages on the autism spectrum. We also welcome adults on the autism spectrum. Members of AWE share a vision of creating a safe space to discuss struggles and concerns related to the autistic experience.  Each of us has our own path to a greater awareness of ourselves and our loved ones. This is an environment of mutual respect to gain fresh perspectives and better tools to understand our situations and each other.

This is not a therapy. It is about relating to our children, our family, our friends and ourselves. The goal is to gain fresh insights rather than imposing existing (possibly limiting) perspectives on others.

We focus on the daily opportunities autism presents that enhance the world we live in.

This is a safe environment to consider and to receive favorably- that is embrace – the pieces of autism that we may not have been taught to value.  When we can do that we are relaxed and open.  From there, trust and self-confidence are allowed to flourish.

AWE is for parents, caretakers, (adult) family members, partners and adults on the autism spectrum interested in assuming achievement is possible.

This is a safe environment for us to feel confused yet gain clarity and support. It is ALSO a place to embrace the idea that not understanding something doesn’t have to create fear. AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) is a support group underneath the umbrella of Autism Empowerment.

When we perceive autism as something to value, we can relax. We then trust, knowing that autism is simply one experience of many.

 Celebrate, embrace and allow autism to be what it is meant to be! Congratulations on being a part of this community!

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings for 2017

Thurdsay, October 19th

Thursday, November 16th

Thursday, December 21st

How much does it cost to take part?

This group is Free to attend. Light snacks are also provided.

Where does the group meet?

AWEtism We Embrace (AWE) meets in Portland at:

Providence Medical Center, Room HCC 6, 4805 NE Glisan Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97213

(Free parking is available in adjacent lot – Enter through Glisan Street Parking Garage)

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Shasti McLaughlin if you have questions about our support group!

503-781-2461 or ShastiM@autismempowerment.org

Please also join our Facebook group online at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/awetismweembrace/

Shasti spent years in public schools as a para-educator, working with deaf children severely impacted by autism. Several years later, she gave birth to her own daughter diagnosed at age 5.

During her time in the school system, Shasti discovered that no matter what level of function a child is diagnosed as having, each child is cognizant of the world around them and paying attention.

She decided to believe in these children and follow their lead in their learning. The discoveries that have followed have been eye-opening for Shasti and others.

She has discovered there is much to appreciate about autism and the possibilities it gives to life.

“Everything has its beauty;

 not everyone sees it.”

~ Confucius

Feb
16
Fri
2018
SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group @ Stephen's Place - Front Conference Room
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group

Autism Support Group for Dads & Male Caregivers

For the past four years, Autism Empowerment has hosted and facilitated a support group for dads and male caregivers living or working in the Southwest Washington area. Men from the Portland area or outside this region are also welcome to attend.

Casual – Impactful – Meaningful Support

Monthly casual meetings with periodic events and other connection opportunities

Open to Dads and male caregivers who are supporting children, teens and adults of all abilities on the autism spectrum and/or with neurological differences. This is a peer to peer group and topics range widely but often include: parenting, school, employment, social opportunities, healthcare, housing, guardianship and community resources.

We also occasionally bring in guest speakers.

Free free to also join our online Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

  • When: 3rd Friday of most months from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Stephen’s Place, 501 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 98664 (new location as of October 2017)
  • Parking available in front and side. Meeting is in front conference room.
  • Bring: Yourself and any resources you might like to share
  • Snacks, beverages and sponsorship provided by Autism Empowerment with space provided by Stephen’s Place
  • Cost is free, however donations to Autism Empowerment are always appreciated and tax-deductible.

Upcoming Monthly Meeting Schedule for 2017 (subject to change)

  • Friday, October 20th
  • Friday, November 17th
  • Friday, December 15th

For more information, please contact:

John Krejcha – 360-852-8369 – john@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aedadssupport/

Please join us at our next meeting! Newcomers are welcome at any time

 

Feb
17
Sat
2018
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ Lifepoint Church
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club

The SW Washington Tween and Teen Social Club is a game night and social club for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 19 on the autism spectrum who require minimal adult supervision during socialization. Facilitators will periodically monitor the game rooms, but this is an opportunity for our kids to enjoy some independence and have fun with old and new friends.

Parents or guardians must stay on the premises and are invited to join other parents and facilitators in the parent room for connection and friendship.   

Kids are invited to bring their own game devices (Nintendo DS, iPad, iPod, laptop, etc.) or board/card games.  We also have televisions and game consoles available for game play.   There is a space for Legos and crafts for those who want to do something creative. We also have a Teen/Tween Book Club that runs concurrently from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Peer mentors ages 11 and up are invited to attend along with siblings.  We are looking for brothers and sisters or close friends who are compassionate, understanding, and interested in spending some time socializing with their siblings and making new friends.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months ** from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

2017 Schedule

 

Saturday, December 16th

** Schedule subject to change based on weather or emergency.

2018 Schedule

No gathering in January 2018

Saturday, February 17th

Saturday, March 17th

TBD

How much does it cost to take part?

The cost for each club night is $10.00 per family. Please also bring a snack to share with others.  We will provide pizza and drinks.  If $10.00 is beyond your capability, please do not let that keep you away. We value you and your family, and we want everyone to feel included and welcome. Bring snacks, offer to volunteer some time assisting with set up or clean up, or talk to us about how you can help our group be successful. There are many ways to contribute if you can. We love our Tweens and Teens and their amazing families!

Where does the group meet?

As of October 2017, we have a new larger location that better accommodates our fantastic group.

We are meeting at LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. (Near Costco.) We will have multiple rooms for meeting, including a larger room for main gaming, a slightly smaller room for board games and quieter activities and Tween & Teen Book Club.

The Tween & Teen Social Club is facilitated by Tara O’Gorman with the help of a variety of awesome volunteers!

Tween & Teen Book Club takes place for an hour during Tween & Teen Social Club and is led by Torin Tashima. This usually takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

While tweens and teens have the opportunity to socialize and hang out, parents have the option to participate in a casual support group that meets in a nice-sized conference room. This parent support group is currently facilitated by Aaron Blackwelder and may occasionally include guest speakers.

How do you define minimal adult supervision? Would this be a good fit for my son or daughter?

Youth finding success in the Tween/Teen Club usually have an Asperger or similar kind of autism spectrum profile. We welcome youth of varying ability levels and understand that social and sensory challenges may arise.

The expectation is creating a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees where youth can be social with one another with as little adult interference as possible.

If there is a situation which requires adult mediation, our facilitator, Tara and other volunteers are on-hand to assist. If a situation arises which our volunteers determine to be unsafe or not appropriate and can’t be resolved or curtailed (e.g. swearing, spitting, hitting, property damage), the parent/guardian on-site will be expected to assist.

Tween and Teen Club Wish List

We need your help. If you have old game system that you don’t use, electronic or board games you no longer play and/or small TVs that could be used to support more gaming systems, please consider donating them. Here is a list of what we are looking for. Wish List

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Our social club facilitator and founder is Tara O’Gorman. 

My name is Tara O’Gorman, and I am a proud mom to two sons, including a teenager on the autism spectrum.  
 
I am an independent consultant and advocate for individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and a group facilitator for adolescents and young adults with Asperger’s. I have served on the Board of Directors of Autism Empowerment since October 2016 and am also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Spectrums Magazine.
My vision for the Tween and Teen Social Club is to provide a fun, independent, peer-mentored social group for youth ages 11-19 and a place for families to interact and find support in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

If you have questions about the club, please contact Tara.

941-322-4229

taraO@autismempowerment.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aetweenteensocialclub/

If you have questions about Autism Empowerment, please feel free to contact us directly at info@autismempowerment.org or call (360) 852-8369.

We also invite you to join the Autism Empowerment Tween and Teen Social Club Facebook Group. The Facebook group is open to local families throughout the SW WA and Portland metro area, however you will need to request access as we want it to be a safe environment for all our families. Once you request access, you will be contacted by one of our moderators and will be asked to confirm your connection with autism and our region.

Autism Support Group for Parents of Teens & Tweens @ Lifepoint Church
Feb 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SW WA Asperger’s / Autism Parent Support Group

Autism/Asperger Parent Support Group (Tweens and Teens)

Positive, Casual, Impactful and Meaningful Support in Southwest Washington

This group helps support parents with students on the autism spectrum that would be considered tweens or teens (ages 11 – 19).  It is geared toward those who are wanting a positive place to talk about successes and challenges that they and their children may be facing.

When does the group meet?

The group meets the 3rd Saturday of most months from 6:30 –  8:30 pm. 

2017 Schedule

 

Saturday, December 16th

2018 Schedule

No meeting in January 

Saturday, February 17th

Saturday, March 17th

TBD

How much does it cost to take part?

This group is free for parents and caregivers to attend, however if you have tweens or teens attending our social club the same night, the cost for them is $10 per family. Snacks are also provided.

Where does the group meet?

The group meets within a conference room at LifePoint Church, 305 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. (Next to Costco) The group meets during our Tween & Teen Social Club (which runs from 6 – 9 pm) so that parents can take part in support and education while youth socialize and connect. Please park in the parking lot behind the church and enter through back door. The conference room will be one of the first rooms on the right.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Aaron BlackwelderPlease contact Aaron Blackwelder if you have questions about our support group!

360-852-8369

AaronB@AutismEmpowerment.org