Due to COVID-19 all ASBC face to face support groups are postponed until further notice. Please take a look at our Facebook based online support groups and check back to see if your support group has been moved to an online platform. Thank you for your patience. We will have face to face support groups up and running again as soon as safely possible.
The following ASBC support groups are social outlets to be sure, but they are also a place where the exchange among participants may be more problem/solution oriented. These groups are an excellent source of support, as well as a way to connect with others and share information and resources. Click here to see the calendar.
- ASBC Facebook, Curated, Online Parent Support Group: This is a Facebook based private online support group for parents of people on the autism spectrum. The intent is to share the joys and challenges of parenting a person with autism. This is an ASBC monitored private support group for parents only. The privacy of all members and their children is vital to the success of this group as we want participants to be able to share their journey, find connection and be supported by other members. It is not a place to solicit business or to attract people to specific events. We are highly protective of the members of this group and of their children. If you have the dual role of parent and service provider ASBC has other ways of sharing your events. Please read the rules of this group before asking to join. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to join.
- ASBC Facebook Curated Online Inclusive Support Group for Women on the Autism Spectrum: This is a private ASBC monitored, inclusive, safe, online support space for autistic women. The female autism experience is quite different from that of men. This group is designed to give women on the autism spectrum a safe place to share their experiences, joys, challenges and support. This group welcomes all autistic women and does not use “functioning” labels. It also does not discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. This group is monitored by ASBC and also does not allow solicitations by service providers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join.
- ASBC Parent Support Group: Significant Challenges:
When: Contact Facilitator for Date and Time
Where: The Taj, 2630 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80305
Why: This group is meant for parents who are experiencing significant challenges. You may be afraid to share in other groups for fear of you or your child being judged unfairly. You may be afraid to post something online because the internet is forever.
This group touches on very difficult topics, and confidentiality is a requirement. This isn’t a group where we talk about how the schools can’t keep up with our kids because they are too smart. While that can be a challenge, it is not the focus of this group. This also isn’t a group for any type of “functioning” language. We all have our high functioning moments and our low functioning moments. No one should leave feeling like they are categorized, labelled or feeling worse than when they arrived. You may only need this group once. You may need it a few times a year, or you may need it every month. Whatever your needs are, you are welcome in this group.
The group format is somewhat informal. We arrive at 7pm, mingle, hit the buffet, and start the meeting promptly at 7:30pm. Everyone will introduce themselves and talk about whatever issue is on their mind. The power of this group is the collective experience and resources that each of us has to share.
RSVP: Please RSVP at email@example.com
- Longmont Coffee Group: A parent support group that meets the third Wednesday of every month, from 11:30am-12:30pm. Please contact moderator Wendy Vankonyenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
- Support Group for Parents of Adults on the Spectrum: Facilitated by Nisa Libbey, this group meets the fourth Wednesday at 12:30-1:30pm at Confluence SBC – A Small Business Collective, 102 East Cleveland Street, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, Map. For more information, please contact Nisa at (720) 308-2565.
- Social and Support Group for Young Adults with ASD (Ages 17-29): This group meets the Mondays from 5:30-6pm at Panera Bread on 29th Street mall. This support group, which focuses on social skills, employment, college, and skills for independent living, is facilitated by Ruby Perske, a behavior therapist with Behavior Services of the Rockies . Parents or teens/young adults who have not attended this group before should call and check in with Ruby ahead of time to be sure the group is a good fit. The goal of this group is for members to meet peers in order to socialize, express experiences and struggles, and have a consistent and constant outlet in their community. Contact Ruby Perske at 785.220.5338 or email email@example.com.
- Lafayette Support Group for Adults with ASD (Ages 30 and older): Facilitated by Karlin Bruegel firstname.lastname@example.org and Shannon Huntsberry or Meira Merz, this group is not meant to take the place of professional therapy, but rather to give participants an opportunity to discuss topics related to ASD in a safe and understanding environment. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month, from 6:30-8 pm at Confluence SBC – A Small Business Collective, 102 East Cleveland Street, Lafayette, Colorado 80026, Map.
- Boulder Evening Support Group 1: Come join us for an evening of adult conversation at The Taj at 2630 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305 on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. ASBC will provide for food and non-alcoholic drinks. The focus of this group will be for parents of children who are preschool through high school age. Please RSVP to Jessica Clarke, the group’s facilitator, email@example.com.
- Boulder Evening Support Group 2: Come join us for an evening of adult conversation at The Taj at 2630 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305 on the third Thursday of the month. ASBC will provide for food and non-alcoholic drinks. The focus of this group will be for parents of children who are preschool through high school age. Please RSVP to Steph Fairbanks, the group’s facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 720 550 2968.
- East County Support Group: This group is intended for parents, grandparents, anyone experiencing and experimenting with the joys and challenges of living with different abilities. We meet the first Wednesday of the month, 10-11 a.m. at Cannon Mine Coffee in Lafayette, CO. Please contact Julie Marshal at Julie@brainsong.net to RSVP and for more info. The focus of this group will be for parents of children who are preschool through high school age.
- ASBC Curated Facebook Support Group: ASBC now has a Facebook support group! Please find us by searching for ASBC Facebook Family Support Group. Our goal for this group is to bring together those in our community who are raising children with autism. We hope to support each other, offer a place to share experiences, ask advice and connect with other families. Please join us online and help us connect our community even further!
- RSVP: CLICK HERE to RSVP. For more information please contact ASBC at email@example.com or 720-272-8231
- Teens with ASD (for teens ages 13-18 years old)
When: First Wednesdays of the month
Where: Teens Inc., 151 East Street, Nederland, CO 80466, Map and Directions
Why: This group will offer a safe, non-judgmental environment for practicing social skills while engaging in creative pursuits of your choice. Your group leaders will be Annette Franck and Brian Shores; both group leaders are interested in creative visual arts. You may bring your own projects, or Annette will provide you with some basic art supplies and wait for the creative juices to flow.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Moderator: Annette Franck at 303-408-4596