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.
- March 31, “Handling Anxiety”
- June 23, “Managing Anger”
- September 29, “Dealing with Depression”
Parents “Ask the Expert”
- October 27, 2018, Saturday
- January 26, 2019, Saturday
- April 27, 2019, Saturday
- July 27, 2019, Saturday
Adults Only Support Group
- August 25, 2018, Saturday
- November 24, 2018, Saturday
- February, 23, 2019, Saturday
- May 25, 2019, Saturday
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 Emotions Workshops (for Parents and Adults)
The “Conquering Emotions” series is for adults and parents. It deals with the three most common emotional challenges for individuals diagnosed with ASD:
Anxiety, or extreme apprehension and worry, is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But in some cases, it becomes excessive and can cause sufferers to dread everyday situations. Anxiety is a real difficulty for many individuals with ASD and can affect them psychologically and physically. In this session, Dr. Gantman will lead a discussion on symptoms, causes, and strategies for dealing with anxiety.
Anger or when someone has a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility is normal. However, people with ASD can become angry and aggressive very quickly and find it hard to deal with their anger. In this session, Dr. Gantman will lead a discussion on anger triggers and methods for managing outbreaks.
Dealing with Depression
Feelings of sadness are commonplace. Clinical depression is when this mood continues for long periods of time. Unchecked, it can lead to fatigue, isolation, feelings of unworthiness that can result in self-destructive behaviors. Depression is widespread among teens with ASD with studies from parents reporting depressed moods at a rate as high as around 50%. In this session, Dr. Gantman will lead a discussion on recognizing signs of depression, understanding the causes, and learning the skills and techniques available for tackling depression.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org To registered, please click on the links below: