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Old 02-12-2009, 01:42 PM
 
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My husband and I are starting one up in our area, just for regular parents (not experts) so we can talk with others and maybe discuss our unique situations.
Non AS families have no idea what it is like to cope with a kid who 'looks normal' but has these issues.

Our ultimate goal is to maybe form a social club for the parents and kids to get together, relate to each other and see 'there are others like them out there.'

We are focusing on positives--that is going to be one of our other main goals...not b*tch sessions. It's what the kids CAN do and how we CAN help them do it.

I'd love any suggestions you AS parents have about what you would like to see/what you'd want to get out of such a group.

Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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I run a local support group for autism. I agree that you must keep it positive and not have a ranting/raving complaint section. I try to keep to a topic or two per meeting to be sure we can actually accomplish and learn. Its also nice to have guest speakers come in, and get out into the community with the group.
Good luck
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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We'd like parents to feel free to bring their kids but make sure THEY watch them (the meetings will not be a babysitting service). Our eventual goal is to get kids together (either at the meetings or outside) socially.

How do you think I could word this in our email to everyone? I keep disagreeing with my husband over the wording...he wants kids there from day one (I prefer the first meeting is 'kids free') so we can get our points across, but we will be bringing our son with us.

Any suggestions? I don't want people to not show up because they don't have a babysitter but also I don't want to have to talk over noisy kids or have someone dump off their kids for us to watch.
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