Autism Western Cape runs a number of parent support groups. The groups generally meet once or twice a month. Support groups provide parents and caregivers an invaluable support network where they have the opportunity to meet and socialise with others who are experiencing similar challenges. The groups provide opportunities to share experiences and learn from one another.
Support groups can also have an educational value where a presenter or facilitator may present the group with information about specific topics. These may include strategies to improve sleep or dealing with challenging behaviours. Many parents who have attended the support groups have reported that they have helped them a great deal in accepting their children’s diagnosis and that they have equipped them with the skills to better understand and assist their children.
Autism Western Cape also runs social groups for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder. The adolescent social group is aimed at teens between the ages of 12 and 18 years. The group usually meets once a month and is a space where teens can relax and just be themselves. It also gives them the opportunity to meet other like-minded teenagers. Group activities vary e.g. watching movies, playing games, etc.
The adult social group is for adults with autism spectrum disorder (over the age of 18 years), and meets once a month. Activities for this group also vary e.g. watching movies, playing 30 seconds, eating out at restaurants, going to arcades, etc. It provides a great opportunity for adults to meet other adults on the spectrum, to share their interests and spend some time socialising.
- Monthly support group for new and existing parents:
- Noluthando School, Khayelitsha (Fortnightly)
- Ocean View
- Mitchell’s Plain
- Monthly social groups
- Asperger’s Adolescents
- Adults on the Spectrum
Please contact us for further information