Dr. Gantman Series

Working in conjunction with

ASD expert, Dr. Alexander

Gantman, OCASG is offering

three series of Workshops

Each series is dedicated to a specific group within our larger community of individuals and families dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS.

Parents “Ask the Expert”
The Parent’s sessions will focus on the increasingly difficult issues that arise as children with Asperger’s, HFA or PDD-NOS reach adulthood. College and employment are the tip of the iceberg. Lack of social relationships and a tendency to shut themselves in their rooms playing computer games are common battlegrounds. These challenges and more will be addressed in small group settings.
Adults Only Support group (Ages 18 and Up)
The “Adults Only” group is intended for adults age 18 and up who have their own unique challenges including career issues, romantic relationships, and new “later in life” diagnoses. As ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) has gained visibility on television, in the press, and in movies, this new group of individuals is emerging who typically are self-diagnosed and struggling with understanding the diagnosis and the associated life challenges
Conquering Behaviors Workshops (for Parents and Adults)
The “Conquering Behaviors” workshops deal with three common behavioral challenges for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Overcoming Addictions
Whether it is alcohol, drugs, the internet, or just video games individuals with ASD can be overwhelmed with addictive behaviors. This session will include a discussion of different types of addictions, causes, and strategies for overcoming those obsessions.

Breaking-through Apathy
Whether it is apathy or lethargy some individuals with ASD just can’t seem to motivate themselves into action. This session will discuss reasons for apathy and methods for breaking through lethargic behaviors.
Understanding Sexuality
Sexuality can be disconcerting to individuals with ASD. Perhaps it is addiction to porn, identity confusion, or adult diaper syndrome, individuals with ASD often find their sexuality bewildering. This session will include a discussion of ones sexuality, differentiating between normal and abnormal, and learning the skills and techniques for coping with sexuality concerns.

Conquering Behaviors 
  • March 30, 2019, “Overcoming Addictions” 
  • June 29, 2019,“Breaking-through Apathy”
  • September 28, 2019, “Understanding Sexuality”

Parents “Ask the Expert”
  • January 26, 2019, Saturday
  • April 27, 2019, Saturday
  • July 27, 2019, Saturday
  • October 26, 2019, Saturday

Adults Only Support Group 
  • February, 23, 2019, Saturday
  • May 25, 2019, Saturday
  • August, 24, 2019,
  • November 23, 2019, Saturday

About Dr. Gantman


Dr. Alexander Gantman has unique clinical training in evidence-based treatments and expertise in the domain of psychosocial functioning of adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders. Dr. Gantman received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from PGSP-Stanford University Consortium. He received a highly prestigious Ruth L. Kirchstein Institutional (T32) National Research Service Award from the National Institute for Mental Health. At UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, he was a Principal Investigator on the adaptation and development of the PEERS Program, an evidence-based, parent assisted, social skills group intervention for adolescents, to address the unique needs of college age young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. His research has been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and his work has been presented at professional conferences including the International Meeting for Autism Research

When & Where:

All sessions are two-hours each and will be held on Saturday mornings in a classroom on the campus of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.


The fee for all three series is only $20 per session and must be paid in advance.  Participants must be official members of OCASG. Participants in the Parents “Ask the Expert”  and “Adults Only” Support Groups who pay online in advance for all four sessions will receive Free OCASG 2018 Annual Membership (value $20). OCASG is able to offer these series at this nominal fee thanks to a grant awarded by The Walt Disney Company. For more information contact OCASG ocasupport@gmail.com To registered, please click on the links below: