Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro

//Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro
Community Calendar SW WA / Portland Metro 2016-11-07T00:03:15+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.

Oct
21
Sat
2017
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ Lifepoint Church
Oct 21 @ 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

As of October 2017, we have a NEW location for our group! 

Saturday, October 21st – NEW LOCATION!! 

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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

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
Oct 21 @ 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, October 21st – New Location!

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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 

Nov
18
Sat
2017
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ Lifepoint Church
Nov 18 @ 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

As of October 2017, we have a NEW location for our group! 

Saturday, October 21st – NEW LOCATION!! 

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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

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
Nov 18 @ 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, October 21st – New Location!

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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
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

As of October 2017, we have a NEW location for our group! 

Saturday, October 21st – NEW LOCATION!! 

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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

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, October 21st – New Location!

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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 

Jan
20
Sat
2018
SW WA Tweens & Teens Autism Social Club @ Lifepoint Church
Jan 20 @ 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

As of October 2017, we have a NEW location for our group! 

Saturday, October 21st – NEW LOCATION!! 

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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

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
Jan 20 @ 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, October 21st – New Location!

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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 

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

As of October 2017, we have a NEW location for our group! 

Saturday, October 21st – NEW LOCATION!! 

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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

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, October 21st – New Location!

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th

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