Girls with ASD need to socialize with girls their own age so they can learn to interact positively and relate through play, exploring common interests, and just being girls. The nature of ASD can make these activities more difficult without extra support and guidance. Aspire Girls is a social group for girls with an autism spectrum disorder ages 8 to 16 years old.
This monthly social group provides a safe place for girls to spread their wings! We seek to empower our Aspire girls through education and discussion about what makes them unique, some of the challenges they may face, and by providing a safe environment for group members to relate and help one another through shared experience. In doing so, they are learning to help themselves.
Group topics include awareness of self, social initiation, appropriate conversation, forming new friendships, bullying, sensory awareness, coping with emotions, gender roles and identity, and much more! Participants also get the chance to enjoy all kinds of activities from sharing their special interests with others to dancing to their favorite music. To ensure that the activities engage your child, we like to find out ahead of time what she is interested in. Then we choose activities for each meeting based on the interests of the girls who attend.
Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, which gives you a chance to connect with other parents at the same time. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 4:00 p.m. -5:30 p.m. in the Baker Adams room at the Together Center 16225 NE 87th St in Redmond. It is facilitated by Jaymi Shull, BCBA. Jaymi has provided clinical services to children for over ten years. She completed graduate degrees in school psychology and applied behavior analysis. Aspire Girls is coordinated by WAAA staff Amy Huntley.
Click here to register online. If you’re new to Aspire Girls, please complete the Aspire Girls Application and return it to Jen St. Cyr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to let us know your daughter’s interests so we can plan activities that she will enjoy.
Note: All adult participants must complete a background check and sign the parent rights and responsibilities agreement.