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Discover Adult Social Learning is an online group class for autistic adults (18+) who are looking to participate in discussions and expand their understanding of society's unwritten rules. 

Using Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson’s innovative book, “The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults,” the group facilitator of Discover provides individuals with evidence-based tools for building friendships and relationships. The group facilitator is an adult on the autism spectrum who provides a safe environment and encourages individuals to discuss experiences with like-minded peers. 

This curriculum based social skills course is designed to support adults on the autism spectrum (DSM Level 2 to Level 1). Self diagnosed autistic adults are encouraged to join.  Each session will be approximately 90 minutes total (two topics per session). For the first half, sessions will begin at a basic skill level. For the second half, sessions will expand on each specific topic in more detail. This group provides a safe environment and encourages individuals to discuss experiences with like-minded peers

18-21 year olds should explore both Discover and Thrive groups and select the most appropriate one. Reach out to support@autismtn.org to learn more about each group. 

Click here to register for DISCOVER

Click here to join our Discover Facebook Group.

About the group facilitator...

Dave Griffin, M. Ed.

Dave holds multiple positions within the community in education and disability advocacy. He thrives in learning environments and excels in his position as Teen & Adult Programs Coordinator. He is a self-advocate and a sought after public speaker in the autism community for sharing his story. He is the coordinator for People First at The Arc of Tennessee.  Dave received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, Masters Degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt University.

Sources Used:

The Science of Making Friends

Elizabeth A. Laugenson

ISBN:  978-1-118-12721-6

The Peers Curriculum for School-Based Professionals
Elizabeth A. Laugenson
ISBN: 978-0-415-62696-5

Upcoming Events:

2023 Course Schedule
(You do not need to attend all sessions to participate)

  • January - Finding and Choosing Friends: Social memories, social spy

  • February - Good Conversations: Social Spy

  • March - Starting and Entering Conversations/Appropriate Use of Humor: Communication Nonverbal/Verbal Language

  • April - Exiting Conversations: Flexible Thinking

  • May - Handling Verbal Teasing

  • June - Dealing with Arguments

  • July - Handling Conflict at Work: Perspective taking

  • August - Electronic Communication and Cyber Bullying

  • September - Minimizing Rumor and Gossip-Social Fake

  • October - Bullying

  • November - Autism Education: Self Advocacy

  • December - Enjoying a Successful Get Together

(615) 270-2077
955 Woodland Street,
Nashville, TN 37206

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