Our Social Club is a low-key and inexpensive social learning group, designed to help middle- and high-school students both learn, and understand the reasons for, the social norms and expectations of middle and high school
This group is for younger, verbal autistic teens who are beginning to understand their social challenges, and an equal number of neurotypical volunteers interested in learning about neurological differences. We introduce how neurological differences affect social interaction, without specifically identifying individual kids’ neurotypes; the participants are all learning together. Our “typical” participants gain an understanding of autism (and why, for example, eye contact can be tough), and our spectrum participants gain an understanding of typical social “rules” (and why, for example, people tell them to smile) from their peers.
Sessions are 90 minutes of discussion, role-play, and practice social interaction, and we send parents notes of what we have covered. We are also happy to work with parents and/or participants outside of the biweekly sessions if desired.
We charge $200 for the Fall semester: an orientation, six club sessions, and a holiday party on December 22nd. Orientation is on September 15th, and we run every other Sunday through the holiday party on December 22nd.
All proceeds are channeled back into DC Peers, to serve our mission of providing affordable, community-based social learning opportunities.