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Aspergers Teen League

Your donations at work (mid year update 2015)

New members to the Teen League group have been added during Term 2 of 2015. This has been a very positive process as the new members have been welcomed into the group without issue. The regular members of the group have encouraged the new members to get involved in the activities and have quickly shown them the program rules that they developed. This has resulted in a very smooth transition for the newer members. We will continue to add new members to the group for the remainder of 2015.

The project is having a very positive effect on both the wider community and the Aspergers community. The participants are accessing local businesses and engaging in conversations with the staff which is allowing them to develop their social skills in a setting that may not normally be one they seek to engage in. July 15


 

Reintegrating teenagers with Aspergers Syndrome – over time – into mainstream youth activities or groups as their social skills develop.

 

thumb-pinarcPeople with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism, are very often of high intelligence but have difficulty understanding how to interact socially, which can lead to social isolation and eccentric behaviour.  They may also have difficulty making friends, communicating through or reading non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, and understanding social cues.

The Teen League aims to help children and teens who are trying to negotiate society within the context of Aspergers or autism.  Supported by qualified Pinarc staff the participants are invited to attend tailored social functions as a group.  Going bowling, swimming, playing mini golf or going to the movies are activities these kids  wouldn’t be comfortable  doing  in a normal ‘youth group’ setting.

The participants gain skills addressing appropriate social behaviour, behaving in groups, team building,  winning and losing, and being part of a club or friendship group.   The ultimate aim is  that they will be better equipped as they get older to interact within mainstream social groups.

The use of volunteers  and their continued training encourages a greater understanding of the needs of this particular group in the Community. Greater understanding leads to better social supports and eventually greater inclusion opportunities and a sense of belonging for participants and their families.

The funding we provide for this program is generated from Workplace Giving programs.
 

 

This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat for the following years:

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


 

Your donations at work (mid year update)

  • “Participants have been given the encouragement and freedom to be able to select the activity that the group participates in each month.  It is a group decision that all participants must agree on.  This has assisted staff to work towards the main aim of the program which is to develop social and interaction skills.
  • Participants continue to work on social interaction with each other. Throughout each session participants are encouraged to engage in conversations about their likes and dislikes.
  • Introduction of new members to the group continues to be a smooth process with all members being accommodating and supportive.
  • Individual goal sheets are completed for each client at the end of each session.  Clients are encouraged to select their own goals for the program.

The family of one of the participants mentioned how much the program has allowed their son to come out of his shell. He expresses excitement about being able to go to the program and is always asking when the next session is”  July 2014

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