A few years ago, Eden Transition’s founder and director, Lydia Schuck, wanted to find more social opportunities for her daughter, Anna. Anna has autism, is very verbal, and is blind. She has a lot of anxiety. Whenever Lydia met other parents of girls who have autism, she found that they also wanted more social experiences for their daughters. The first group meetings we had were with Delma and her daughter Stasi. Michelle and Kaylee joined us, as well as Elayne and Caitlin, Sheila and Jenny, and Ann and Rebecca. We met at a church back then, with girls in one room and moms (with sometimes a dad) in another room. We all laughed a lot and took care of each other. Ashley was a college girl who came on her own and took a big sister approach toward the other girls.
In our current groups, girls and young women ages 12 and up join in a short social skills activity and then have time to talk together. Girls can bring their own crafts to do, drawing, whatever, but we also have crafts available, so that girls don’t have to talk a lot if they don’t want to.
Moms and Dads can stay or go, drop off or stay to talk with other parents. We have a good setup for parents to talk in a space that is just far enough to talk freely, but close enough for you to be sure your daughter is thriving at the meeting.
Over the years, we find that the group members are very kind to each other and that they form lasting friendships. Please follow the site to get announcements and helpful resources.
Eden Transition became a non-profit so that we could apply for grants for craft materials and other items. We have some supplies for beading and other activities that we use during the meeting. Our focus is on warm friendships, acceptance and sharing. We don’t teach specific skills, although the girls learn how to develop friendships by doing it at our meetings. Want to join us? Check our events page for dates and locations. Call 517-676-4621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information. Fill out the form below to get regular updates.