Support and Social Groups for Individuals with ASD

Stone Soup Group Wii Club
Wii Club for Teens and Young Adults (ages 14 and up) - Stone Soup Group, 307 E. Northern Lights Blvd. #100 - the third Friday of each month from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Sponsored by Stone Soup Group

Stone Soup Group Wii Club for Children and Youth
Wii Club for Children and Youth (ages 8-14) - Stone Soup Group (307 E. Northern Lights Blvd.) - the third Saturday of each month from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Sponsored by Stone Soup Group

Anchorage Community Mental Health Social Skills Support Group
Social Skills Support Group for Adults with Asperger's and Autism - The Wellness Innovations Center, 2735 E Tudor - every Thursday at 11:00 AM.
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Links Mat-Su Parent Resource Center Social Support Group
Social Support Group - 4931 E. Mayflower Lane #3, Wasilla - each Thursday at 4:00 PM. This group is for individuals with developmental disabilities from about 15 years of age through adulthood.

Wrong Planet
Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and a chatroom for real-time communication with other Aspies.

UAA Center for Human Development's Teen Friendship and Dating Program
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The Teen Friendships & Dating Program (TFDP) is a new program designed by the UAA Center for Human Development to teach adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder how to develop and maintain healthy relationships and prevent interpersonal violence. TFDP sessions are held twice a week over a 10-week period in groups of 6-8 co-ed participants. Each session is approximately 1.5 hours for a total of 30 hours over 20 sessions.

Session topics include:

  • feelings,
  • types of relationships,
  • personal boundaries,
  • communication,
  • meeting people and first impressions,
  • planning social activities,
  • the dating process,
  • personal safety,
  • sexual health, and
  • gender differences.

To help reinforce learning in other settings, care providers are invited to attend an initial orientation and receive weekly guidance. We are recruiting teens to participate in these groups.

We are looking for teens who:
are between the ages of 16 to 21, if still in high school,
experience Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),
reside in the Anchorage area, and
do not have a history of perpetrating violent and/or sexual crimes.

If you interested in participating or if you have questions please call Julie Atkinson at the
UAA Center for Human Development at: 907-264-6250