- Parents ``Ask the Expert``
- Adults Only Support Group
- Building Relationships Series
- Teen Only Support Group
College and employment are the tip of the iceberg.
Ask the Expert Sessions Available:
- January 31, 2021, Sunday (ONLINE)
- April 24, 2021, Sunday (ONLINE)
- July 24, 2021, Sunday (ONLINE)
- October 24, 2021, 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:
- February 28, 2021, Sunday (ONLINE)
- May 23, 2021, Sunday (ONLINE)
- August 29, 2021, Sunday (ONLINE)
- November 21, 2021, Sunday (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.
Build and enhance your relationships
Building Relationship Series Available:
- Sunday, March 28, 2021: “Parenting Skills”
- Sunday, June 20, 2021: “Dating and Romance”
- Sunday, September 26, 2021 “ASD Sibling Support Group”
In 2021, we are focusing on helping individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families build and enhance relationships.
In this session, Dr. Gantman will provide an overview of parenting skills. An active Q&A session will be included.
Dating and Romance
In this “how to session”, Dr. Gantman will share strategies for establishing and maintaining romantic relationships. An active Q&A session will be included.
ASD Sibling Support Group
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 that your home is unlivable. Or perhaps you are worried about your responsibilities in the future. During this session, 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:
- March 14, 2021, Sunday (Date Changed)
- May 2, 2021, Sunday
- August 1, 2021, Sunday
- November 7, 2021 Sunday
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.
Conquering Emotions Series: Anxiety, Anger, and Depression
OCASG is proud to announce the Conquering Emotions webinar series recordings for parents and adults with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS with Dr. Alexander Gantman. The series deals with the three most common emotional challenges for individuals diagnosed with ASD: Handling Anxiety, Managing Anger, and Dealing with 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. Due to Covid-19 we have changed the sessions to Sunday mornings and the location online.
The fee for the Parent, Adult, and Relationship Building sessions are $20 per session for dues-paying OCASG members and $30 for non-members. Note that if you sign up for all four sessions, that you will receive a complementary membership for the year. For more information contact OCASG firstname.lastname@example.org.
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