Girls with ASAspire Girls GroupD 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.

Eac2013-02-03-20-30-43-2h 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 Amy Huntley at amyh@washingtonautismadvocacy.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.

8 thoughts on “Aspire Girls

  1. Evelyn Wiesinger and I co-founded Aspire Girls in 2009, and I am SO glad to see it continuing! Thank you WAAA and Ayn McNutt for carrying it forward! My daughter is 13 and has mild Asperger’s. She lost interested in going to AG, but might regain interest if there were stimulating teen activities. We live in Seattle, so Redmond is a drive for us. It would have to be a pretty hot activity to entice her and me to make that journey. She’s into animation (watching & making), film, computer graphic art, and science and nature. Or perhaps down the line, she might be interested in volunteering to help younger kids.
    Please put me on your email list. I’d love to stay posted on what you’re doing, and especially if there are teen activities.

  2. We are new to Redmond and would like to attend today. Where is the meeting? I have completed the forms and can bring with me. I have a 14 year old, so I am hoping for some teen activities as well.

  3. Hi Lori! Thank you for reaching out to us! We are in the middle of revamping our Aspire Girls group and new dates and times will be coming soon. You are in luck though, we just relocated our offices to Redmond and will be hosting the groups there. If you haven’t already please join WAAA so you can be informed when the new groups will begin, most likely we will start in the beginning of October! Thank you!

  4. My daughter is almost 4 years old, would this be an appropriate group for her? We live in Tacoma but would be interested in attending.

  5. Thank you for your comment Michelle, this group is for girls 8 – 16. Please stay tune for other groups geared towards your daughter’s age, thank you!

  6. My daughter is 12 and into science, nature and animals. We are in Seattle so Redmond is too far for us (unless, as Lauren phrased it, it’s a really “hot” activity) but keep us on your email list. We might be able to go if it is outdoorsy (hike, snowshoe) or active (trampoline, ropes course).

  7. Just learned of this group. We live in Bellevue and my daughter is 12. We have been looking for something like this! Count us in for the dec session.

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