College and employment are the tip of the iceberg.
Ask the Expert Sessions Available:
- January 30, 2022 Sunday (COMPLETED)
- May 1, 2022, Sunday (COMPLETED)
- July 31, 2022, Sunday (ONLINE)
- October 30, 2022 Sunday (ONLINE)
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.
Get support at any age
Adult Support Group Meetings:
- Sunday, February 20, 2022 (COMPLETED)
- Sunday, May 22, 2022 (COMPLETED)
- Sunday, August 28, 2022 (ONLINE)
- Sunday, November 20, 2021 (ONLINE)
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.
- Sunday, January 16, 2022 (ONLINE) (COMPLETED)
- Sunday, June 5, 2022 (ONLINE) (COMPLETED)
- Sunday, September 18, 2022 (ONLINE) (NEW DATE)
OCASG is announcing an ONLINE expert-led sibling support sessions. It will allow you to discuss all of your feelings such as responsibilities, relationships, personal space and more.
Having a brother or sister with ASD can be annoying, frustrating, and sometimes wonderful. You may feel that your parents ignore you. You may feel frustrated. Or perhaps you are worried about your responsibilities in the future. During these sessions, you will be joined by other siblings for an open discussion of your feelings with advice from Autism expert, Dr. Alex Gantman. This session is for brothers or sisters ages 16 years and up.
For Teens 13 to 18 years old
Teen Support Group meetings:
- Sunday, March 27, 2022 (COMPLETED)
- Sunday, June 26, 2022 (ONLINE)
- Sunday, September 25, 2022 (ONLINE)
- Sunday, November 5, 2022 (ONLINE)
OCASG is announcing an ONLINE expert-led Teens-Only support sessions.
The “Teens-Only” group is intended for teens from age 13 to 18 who have their own unique challenges including bulling, academic stress, and limited friendships.
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. Due to Covid-19 we have changed the sessions to Sunday mornings and the location online.
The fee for Gantman-led sessions is $20 per session for dues-paying OCASG members and $30 for non-members. Some series are entitled to a complementary membership for the year when four sessions are purchased. For more information contact OCASG firstname.lastname@example.org.
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