Support

First Friday Support Group Meeting
The first Friday of each month – except for Jan. 3, due to the holiday
9:30-11:00 am
South Fork Park, Main Building, Country Club Rd., W-S

Please bring your breakfast beverage/snack to meet other parents who face the same struggles you do! We share lots of good information. Please note that we will NOT be meeting in the “Our House” Building. Stop by the front desk of the Main Building and they will show you our new meeting room.

NEW! Spanish-Speaking Support Group
Dates to be announced

Would you or someone you know benefit from a Spanish-speaking support group? Contact our Spanish Support Coordinator, Isidora Del Campo at isisdelcampo@gmail.com for more information about our NEW group!

Ladies Night Out!
Monthly events are held at various times. To receive dates and locations, please email us at autismsocietyforsythcounty@gmail.com.

Evening Support Group
The fourth Tuesday of each month
7:00-8:30 pm
Parkway Presbyterian Church,
Corner of Silas Creek Pkwy. & Kirklees Rd, W-S

Each month features a specific topic and speaker or panel of speakers. Topics are subject to change or cancellation. Join our email list for monthly reminders or cancellations. Here is a list of scheduled topics:

January 28: Alternative Medical Interventions for the Treatment of Autism
Led by Dr. Anne Hines and Dr. Kevin Sharp.

Not only have these two doctors served on the Board of the Autism Society of Forsyth County, they are also parents of adults with autism. This presentation will be full of valuable information!

February 25: The Practice of Presence: How to Bring Patience, Acceptance, and Compassion to Your Life as a Parent who has a Child with Special Needs
Led by Angela Savitri, OTR/L, RYT, RCST®, Occupational Therapist, Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach & Creator of the 90-Day Freedom from Chronic Stress Program.

As a parent who has a child with special needs, you are faced with unique challenges daily. You seek to provide the best care, education, and love possible for your child and often experience high stress, burn-out, and feel spread too thin. If you desire to bring more calm and patience into your life and household, participate in this interactive workshop. In this workshop, you will:
• Calm the racing mind to have better sleep, focus, and patience
• Reduce anxiety and stress while increasing your sense of loving connection to yourself and your child
• Learn to replace the “I shoulds” and feelings of “is this enough” with acceptance and compassion
• Practice three simple techniques you can use at home to de-escalate any
challenging situation

March 25: Camp Imagine/Summer Program Options
Led by Karen Boccardi and Nick Zayas.

This is your opportunity to learn more about our over-night summer camp for children with autism and related disabilities as well as other summer programs that are “autism-friendly.”

April 22: Autism Treatment 101
Led by Dr. Kurt Klinepeter, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Health; Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics, Neonatal Outcome.

The wait list to see our local autism expert can be months-long, so take advantage of this chance to ask questions and learn more about the research and medical treatment of autism. April is Autism Awareness Month so feel free to bring family members and friends who want to learn more about autism, which now effects 1 in 70 children in North Carolina.

May 27: Homeschooling a Child on the Spectrum
Led by Laura Salmons, Carissa Joines, Tammy Connelly & Kelly Hoopingarner

Have you ever been curious about what it’s like to homeschool a child with autism? Come meet four ordinary moms who have taken on this extraordinary task and find out if this might be the right option for you and your child.

More topics will be scheduled throughout the year.

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