*CONNECT will meet virtually until further notice.
CONNECT is a monthly group for independent adults (18+) with autism who are seeking a safe social outlet. Under the supervision of a trained professional, participants with have the opportunity to interact with peers in order to fine tune their communication skills and build the self-confidence needed to develop successful relationships in various aspects of daily living. The group will begin by meeting on location; once participants feel comfortable, meetings may be held in various locations in the community (e.g., grocery store, mall, bowling alley). Be sure to join the Facebook group after registering so that you stay up to date on whether the meeting will be at the Autism TN office or offsite!
· To practice greetings others and doing so until it is a routine behavior
· To develop self-confidence by learning more about ASD and how it can be used as a strength
· To practice initiating, maintaining and ending conversations
· To practice social skills in a variety of settings with familiar and unfamiliar individuals
Individuals with autism have many positive attributes that contribute to society. However, without the self-confidence and skills needed to successfully and comfortably interact with others, these attributes often go unnoticed. As CONNECT participants practice appropriately interacting with others and gain the courage necessary to venture into the community, we all gain greater access to neurodiversity.