Partying on the 14th

The Girls’ Social Group meets on Dec. 14 at 6:30 for our last meeting of the year…we’ll be exploring some sensory delights as we celebrate being friends and starting a new year together. Come on over! 6:30 PM (or earlier if you like) 1981 Eden Road, Mason, MI  48854

We’d like to know if you have an idea for our meetings in the new year. What would you or your daughter want to learn about becoming an adult? What fun activity would you like to share? Tell us below if you have an idea. And be sure to follow the site!

Things to know and do in Lansing

I grew up outside of Chicago, with great transportation, lots of interesting people in my school, and a beautiful lake about a mile from my house. Here in Lansing we have good transportation, lots of interesting people in the schools, workplaces, cafes, and colleges, and the same big lake, well it’s a couple of hours from here…but we have lots of little lakes around!

If you are a young adult with disabilities or a parent, you might be looking for things to do in Lansing. Here are few I found recently.

517 Living (Lansing Area Living) is a calendar that connects Lansing Area adventurers with unique, life-enhancing events and activities hosted by local businesses and organizations. You can post your events there, and sign up to get a weekly list of what’s happening. We’ve even advertised the Girls’ Social Group there a couple of times.

Abrams Planetarim Sensory Friendly Shows on the third Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. These shows will run with the lights up, the sound down, and the theater doors open so people can move about as needed.Their ordinary shows are pretty cool, too.

The Library of Things service at the Capital Area District Library supports lifelong learning and creativity. Adult cardholders can borrow these practical, hands-on items to learn new skills, explore areas of interest, or help with everyday tasks. The loan period is either one week or two weeks, depending on the Thing. All Things have an option to renew for an additional week, if no one else is on hold. You’ve got to browse at the link above…you will be surprised at the things you can borrow from the library. Theremini or Bocce Ball, anyone?

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First Steps into Adult Life

It can be very challenging to take your first steps into adult life.

If you are a young adult with a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to find work, you might try going to college. But if you also find it difficult or impossible to attend college right now, there’s probably very few options of things to do to fill your days. It’s not that you don’t want to do something productive, it is just not working out right now.

Your parents long for you to be fulfilled, to be happy, to be living the life you want to live. Sometimes it’s hard to even figure out what life you want to live.

So what are you doing with your time?  One thing you can do is join the Girls’ Social Group on December 5th and 14th for a time of learning and fun.

Another thing you can do is form a network of friends who will encourage you. In the past, young women who attend the Girls’ Social Group have made friends and followed each other on social media, kept in touch by text, did things together, and were really happy to see each other at every meeting of the group.

On December 5, we’ll meet again in Mason, 1981 Eden Road, from 6:30 to 8 PM. We’ll be talking about making those first steps into adult life. We’ll be planning some new activities for the new year. Come join us!IMG_2286

 

 

 

 

The 4 Parts of Girls Social Group Meetings

The girls’ group will meet on December 5 (Tuesday) and December 14 (Thursday). We meet in Mason, at 1918 Eden Road from 6:30 to 8:00.

Girls’ group meetings have four parts.

  1. Introduce ourselves and share snacks.
  2. Play a game that will make us laugh and talk together.
  3. Do an activity together that helps young women prepare for successful adulthood.
  4. Have at least a half hour of time to relax and talk.

A young woman you know (age 12 or over) might like to join us. Our meetings are facilitated by Lydia Schuck, PhD, a transition specialist. You can reach Lydia at 517-676-4621. Lydia’s daughter, Anna is a group member, and also hosts the meeting at her home.

What would you like to know about our group? Who do you know that might want to come?

What’s Up? Meeting on 11/7 and 11/16

Meet with other young women for fun and friendship! We’ve started meeting on a Thursday each month in addition to the first Tuesday. In November, that’ll be the 7th and the 16th. We meet at 6:30 until 8. At each meeting we have a snack and time of introductions, play a game that helps us to feel more comfortable with each other, and then spend some time on an activity that helps us plan for adult life. Join us at 1981 Eden Rd. Mason, MI.

Looking for other things to do in November? Check out 517living.com for more activities in the Lansing area.

Did you know that the library now loans more than books and videos? You can borrow games, Raspberry Pi, sewing machines, an air quality monitor, tools for photography, and much more! Take a look: http://www.cadl.org/find-books-and-more/lot-heading/browse/

There’s a book discussion group once a month on Monday at the Mason branch of the Capital Area District Library.  Join friends for adult coloring on selected Thursdays. Look it all up through www.cadl.org.

The Allen Street Market is open on Wednesdays. Every 4th Friday, you could go to a Craft and Gab session at Columbia Road Baptist Church outside Mason…Lots to do….Get out there and try it out!

 

Girls’ Group Meeting on October 19 in Mason

Girls’ Group, facilitated by Lydia Schuck and sponsored by Eden Transition Alliance, will meet on Thursday, October 19th.

Please join us at 6:30 at Anna Schuck’s home, 1981 Eden Road Mason, MI 48854.
Contact Lydia Schuck, transition specialist, at 517-676-4621, or reply to this email.

Join us: Meet new friends and share ideas about growing into successful adults.

At this meeting, we’ll have some social time, a snack, time to talk together, and time to share ideas of things we want to learn to move toward adult life goals.

Parents are invited to join in for the introductions and then either meet together or return to pick up girls at 8:00 PM. First time visitors may choose to have parents stay at the meeting. We laugh a lot and make new friends. Try out our group. There is no charge for participating.

What We Did Last Night–Meeting Again October 3

Last night the girls group met at Anna Schuck’s house. We had 4 participants. We did a short icebreaker so that participants who had not met before could introduce themselves. We told what we like about this time of year…Among the answers: Pumpkin Spice everything, the cool and warm days, not hot anymore, the spicy smells of the falling leaves, and more…

Then we played a few rounds of Apples to Apples. Our cards are brailled because a couple of our participants use braille. Now there’s a fun game! We’ve also used those same cards as ice breakers, like this, “Pick a card that represents you and tell us why it does.”

We had some snacks and then the parents went across the street to the Schuck family house. The group participants stayed at Anna Schuck’s house, talking and looking at music stuff. Visit us next month, on the 3rd (first Tuesday) and the 19th (third Thursday). In November and December, we’ll have just the first Tuesday meetings.

Girls Group Meeting Thurs 9/21 “How we spend our time”

At a recent girls’ group meeting, we talked about  how we spend our free time. Here’s what we found out about each other. We like to

  • Create with sculpey clay
  • Read
  • Go outdoors
  • Play piano, keyboard, guitar, or clarinet
  • Go shopping for fun
  • Listen to music
  • Draw on graphics tablet
  • Sing in my bedroom
  • Practice learning Japanese
  • Play with dolls and tell stories
  • Play a new game

What do you like to do? Come to the girls’ group on September 21 from 6:30 until 8 PM at the Schucks’ house: 1981 Eden Road, Mason. Sign up to receive this blog and you will keep getting announcements of our meetings. We are looking for girls ages 12 up to ?? who may have autism or related social challenges, or who just want to make new friends.

 

Building Financial Capability Among Youth — Next Girls’ Group September 5

The National Consortium on Workforce and Disability has created a new Info-Brief that includes useful and important information for parents and service providers.  Click on the link below to see the brief.  It is in a nice pdf format that you can share with other parents and professionals.

Summary of Information on Building Financial Capability Among Youth

Our next Girls’ and Young Women’s group meeting will be September 5th. This might be the first day of school for younger girls, but many of our current participants liked this date. We are getting more visits from younger girls, age 12 or so. If you have been thinking of visiting the group with a younger girl, this is a great time. We want to have separate groups for younger and older. We can do that if we have a couple more younger girls coming.

We meet from 6:30 to 8 PM at Anna Schuck’s house, 1981 Eden Road, Mason, MI  48854. Sign up at the right to be on our mailing list.

 

MSU – Friendship Club and Parent Well-Being Group

Just passing this item from my email to our readers:
The MSU Psychological Clinic is offering a Friendship Club starting in Fall of 2017. Friendship Club is a group for children aged 8 to 12 years with high-functioning autism or related conditions that cause difficulty with social interactions. This group focuses on building knowledge and practicing skills which are important prerequisites for building friendships. Through participation in this group, children will learn to recognize and cope with various emotions, think and behave flexibility, compromise and navigate conflicts, and set goals for themselves at home or in school using evidence-based strategies.
In addition to the child group, a parent group will offered. The Parent Wellness Group is a structured support group for parents of children with autism and similar diagnoses. The group offers parents the opportunity to discuss issues directly related to raising a child on the spectrum. Through participation in the group, parents learn skills such as advocacy, mindfulness, resource building, and behavior activation.
The above two groups run concurrently – parents participate in one while their child is in the other. The groups meet once weekly for approximately 15 weeks. If you are interested in participating or would like more information about this group, please contact the MSU Psychological Clinic at (517) 355-9564.