Support Groups

Unwind and relax as you join a group of your peers to share.

Peer-led Support

These no-cost online-sessions are held on Monday evenings, from 7pm to 9pm.

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, February 28, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, March 28, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, April 25, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, May 23, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, July 25, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, August 22, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, September 26, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday October 24, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday December 19, 2022 (ONLINE)
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The peer-led session is a relaxed online discussion among others on the Spectrum.

Meet new people. Make new friends.

Get support at any age

Adult Support Group Meetings:

The OCASG per-led Parent Support Group meets online monthly on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. There is no cost to participate.

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, February 28, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, March 28, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, April 25, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, May 23, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, June 27, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, July 25, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, August 22, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, September 26, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday October 24, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday, November 24, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Monday December 19, 2022 (ONLINE)
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Parent Support Group Meets Monthly

The parents support group provides a forum to share problems and solutions.

Spouse and Partner Support

Partners and Spouses Support

Sessions are held online on  Saturdays from 10am to 11:30 am.

  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022  (ONLINE
  • Saturday, August 20, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 (ONLINE)

The fee is $20 per session for dues-paying OCASG members and $30 for non-members. If you purchase all four sessions, then you will receive a complementary annual membership.

OCASG is Announcing a Support Group for ASD  partners, spouses, and significant others

OCASG is proud to announce a new support series for spouses, partners, and significant others of individuals with high-functioning Autism and Asperger’s.  These support group sessions are facilitated by coach and author, Kealah Parkinson. During these meetings you will be joined by other partners for an open discussion of your challenges and feelings.

About Kealah Parkinson

Kealah (KEY-la) Parkinson is Coach Kiki, podcast host, author & Communications Coach who helps pros & parents alike cycle out of fight-or-flight in the moment by feeling body messages & emotions. She is co-author/contributing author to two Amazon book titles & two self-published works. Coach Kiki’s mission: Speak your truth with confidence.

Kealah first spoke to OCASG members when she co-presented with fellow authors, Susan Moreno and Marci Wheeler regarding The Partner’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome. In this book, the authors “interviewed over 100 couples in which one partner has ASD and the other is nonspectrum (NS). Their aim: to provide insight and guidance to NS partners who want to create a successful relationship for both parties. Each chapter ends with a list of “lessons learned” from the couples interviewed. The authors cover communication, social skills, and sensory processing and provide many real-life examples drawn from the experiences of the interviewed couples. Tony Attwood’s foreword highlights potential relationship problems that individuals with ASD typically encounter. VERDICT: Excellent insight and tips for anyone in, or considering, a relationship with a person with ASD, as well as the friends and families of couples with an ASD partner.” – Library Journal

 

OCASG Women’s Discussion Group

For Women Ages 18 and up.

The Women’s discussion group meets online on Saturdays from 10am to 11:30am.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022 (ONLINE)
  • Saturday, September 17, 2022 (ONLINE)

The fee is $20 per session for OCASG members and $30 a session for non-members.

OCASG is Announcing a Women with ASD Discussion Group.

Women with ASD sometimes feel lost with a male-dominated diagnosis. In response, the Orange County Asperger’s Support Group (OCASG) is pleased to announce a women-only discussion group for women (ages 18 and up) who have a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism or PDD-NOS. The group will be led by Asperger’s expert, Dr. Ali Arena.

About Dr. Ali Arena

Dr. Ali Arena has dedicated her education and career to finding the best communication patterns and behavior changes required to navigate the ever-changing social world. She is both a Speech-Language Pathologist and Board-Certified Behavior, Analyst.

She maintains the following certifications Autism, Trauma-Informed Care, Level 1A Social Thinking Practitioner, UCLA PEERs, and Neurodiverse Couples Counseling. Lastly, her doctorate addressed the dating intricacies of those on the Autism Spectrum which led Ali to develop unique 1:1 couples counseling for neurodiverse partnerships and social skills classes for individuals with social learning differences (including Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, and those without a formal diagnosis but who struggle in the social world).