PARENT AND CARERS SUPPORT GROUP FOR ASD
Caring for a child on the Autism Spectrum can sometimes feel lonely, frustrating and relentlessly difficult. Despite the availability of information on the Internet, there is a perceived lack of understanding of suitable services and facilities available for children on the Spectrum. We are proposing a new initiative, in which we will provide and facilitate a safe space for parents and carers of children with ASD to meet, connect and provide support to each other. The group will be hosted by psychologists from our Mental Health Support and Wellbeing team.
We hope that by providing an opportunity for parents and carers to share both their difficulties and what they have learnt, participants can gain strength, learn new strategies and develop new methods to help their children fulfil their potential.
The group will be held twice a month, alternating between morning sessions on the first Friday of the month and afternoon sessions on the third Thursday of the month (during school hours). We hope that having two differing times will allow more parents/carers to attend the group depending on their availability. Please note, we will not be able to host children at these meetings.
For 2020, session dates are:
Thursday, July 23. 1 – 2:30 pm
Friday, August 7. 9:30 – 11 am
Thursday, August 20. 1 – 2:30 pm
Friday, September 4. 9:30 – 11 am
Thursday, September 17. 1 – 2:30 pm
Friday, October 2. 9:30 – 11 am
Thursday, October 15. 1 – 2:30 pm
Friday, November 6. 9:30 – 11 am
Thursday, November 19. 1 – 2:30 pm
Friday, December 4. 9:30 – 11 am
Thursday, December 17. 1 – 2:30 pm
As a peer support group, there will be no specific agenda, mandatory attendance or material to be covered. We hope that the participants engage with each other to share their stories and information. In the event that there is a need for information and support, the host psychologists will be available to give short presentations on specific topics, as decided by the peer group. Additionally, presentations by other services or professionals may be arranged if requested.
The group will be suitable for anyone caring for a child with ASD – parent, carer, grandparent, adult sibling. Participants do not have to be the primary caregiver or require a prior/ongoing engagement with Family Services / Mental Health Support & Wellbeing to be eligible to attend. Attendance is free, although we request that you let us know if you will be attending (for catering purposes). Refreshments will be provided.
If you are interested in attending this group, please email us on Groups@familyservices.org.au
or call on 1800 372 000, Option 2.