Women on the spectrum

Check out this article.

It’s worth a read.

Women with autism hide complex struggles behind masks

Girls Social Group will meet on June 6, 1981 Eden Road, Mason, Michigan.

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June 6 Girls and Young Women meet for social time

Girls and young women who have autism or other social challenges, disabilities, or just needing to make a new friend can join us on June 6 at 6:30 PM in Mason (near Lansing), Michigan. Lydia Schuck, a transition-to-adulthood specialist, facilitates this group. Our goal is for every girl or young woman to be able to say, “I am going to hang out with my friends tonight.”

Girls join in a short social skills activity and then have time to talk together. Any girl can bring their own craft 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. You can see our contact information at the side. Please follow the site to get announcements and helpful resources.


May 2 Girls’ Social Group meeting

Our next Girls’ Social Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 2, at 6:30 PM. We meet at Anna Schuck’s house at 1981 Eden Road in Mason, Michigan. We’ll be doing a short social activity first, and then the young women usually just enjoy talking about anything they want. I’ll have the materials there to make tactile pages for a service project: making books for blind preschoolers. Girls can bring their own projects, drawing materials, or nothing at all.

If parents want to be nearby during the meeting, Anna’s parents’ home is across the street, with a cozy porch. Moms and Dads have enjoyed meeting other parents whose daughters have difficulty in social situations. Join us.

April 4 Social Group meeting promises new friends for young women as well as their parents

The Girls’ Social Group is meeting at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 4. This group for girls with social challenges, ages 12 and up, meets at 1981 Eden Road, just south of Mason, Michigan. Any young woman is welcome, but we especially want to invite girls who, for whatever reason, have a hard time making friends at school or in other locations.

Our last meeting included 4 girls, ages 24, 20, 18, and 12. We have had some interest from families with younger girls. Please come on over if you have a younger daughter…we’ll make a special place for younger girls to get to know each other.

This month, we’ll be working with sculpey clay and have coloring materials handy, but your daughter can bring anything she’d like to work on while the group talks together. As always, we’ll start with introductions and a short social skills activity.

Our goal is to give every young woman a reason to say, “I am going to see my friends tonight!” We meet at Anna Schuck’s house, and parents can stay to talk with each other at the Schuck family home, across the street from Anna’s house. Parents find this to be a place where they meet other parents with similar concerns. It’s a group that helps parents make new friends, too! Call Lydia Schuck, the group facilitator, 517-676-4621, if you need more information.

Women and Girls with Autism

Here’s a website I discovered recently. It’s the Yale University Initiative for Women and Girls with Autism. Find it HERE. Here’s what the Initiative says about itself:

Over the last ten years, ASD interventionists and researchers have begun to appreciate that the development of socialization and communication processes for girls and women is quite different from that of boys and men. Unfortunately, the research and intervention implications of these differences have not been systematically addressed for girls and women with ASDs. The Initiative is designed to address these communication and socialization differences through recreational and communal activities. These activities allow our participants to pursue their particular interests and leisure activities in a safe and supportive environment.

The purposes of the Initiative are:

* To understand the unique needs of teens and young women with ASDs;
* To promote social development through recreational and communal activities and to measure gains in social development, a sense of personal competency and self-worth;
* To educate others and inspire research regarding the unique profile and needs of girls with ASDs.

Our Girls’ Social Group will meet again on Tuesday, April 4. We have some new younger girls and would like to welcome more so the younger girls and the older girls could meet in 2 smaller groups at the same time. Follow this blog by filling out the form or by emailing us at lschuck51@gmail.com.

Book Review and April Meeting

We had a great meeting in March with a couple of new faces. Join us in April!

Want to read a good book about parenting a child and young adult with autism? Finding Ben is a nonfiction account of one family’s experience. I think you’ll find that Ben’s mom is a lot like you or a friend of yours. She’s a smart lady who is competent and achieves a great deal in her life. But the birth of Ben, her first child, is the beginning of a new journey.

Ben is a blessing, but he is a blessing wrapped in challenges! Ben’s mom relates the story of Ben’s beginnings, the struggles in her marriage, the discovery that there is a name for the set of symptoms Ben displays. There are some pages that will be discouraging to some parents, but overall, the story shows us that there is hope in the journey.

This is a great book to read and share with family members. I gave a warning to people  with whom I shared the book…read all the way to the end. You want to catch the hope and joy that come from the whole story of Finding Ben.

Our next meeting will be on the first Tuesday of April, April 4th. Bring your daughter and join us! We’d like to have a few younger girls (12-16?) so that they could meet in another room on another day than the older girls.

Girls Social Group March 7, 6:30 PM

The Girls’ Social Group will meet on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 PM. We are meeting at Anna’s Schuck’s house, 1981 Eden Road, in Mason. Anna’s mom, Lydia, will be facilitating activities for the girls. We’ll be playing a get-to-know-you game and will have lots of options for things to do with beads.

Parents can meet at Lydia and Nathan’s house across the street (1988 Eden Road) or drop off a young lady and come back at 8:00 PM.

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The Girls’ Social Group includes young women who range from 15 to 26, most of whom have some kind of social challenge, such as autism or Asperger Syndrome Any girl over age 12 is welcome to come and make new friends. We started the group to give girls who have social challenges a place to form friendships away from the rough and tumble of school hallways!

Call Lydia at 517-676-4621 for more information.

Girls’ Social Group meets on Feb. 7

For the spring of 2017, the Lansing area Girls’ Social Group will meet on the first Tuesday of February, March, April, and May. That’s February 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2. We meet from 6:30 to 8 PM at 1981 Eden Road, Mason, the home of Anna Schuck, one of the members. The social group is for any girl or young woman age 12 and over. Any girl or young woman is welcome, but we especially want to offer this opportunity to girls who have social challenges, including Asperger Syndrome, autism, and ADHD.  Everybody wants to have a friend. Here’s a place to make a friend and feel like part of a group, away from the rough and tumble of school hallways.

While the girls meet at 1981 Eden Road, parents can meet at 1988 Eden Road, the home of the Schuck family. Lydia Schuck is a transition specialist for young adults with disabilities. Lydia facilitates the girls’ group, getting the girls started on games, crafts, and conversation, and letting them have lots of informal time to get to know each other.

Please call 517-676-4621 or email Lydia at lschuck51@gmail.com for more information. Tell a friend who might want to attend! There is no cost to participate.

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Celebrating Together? Growing Adults

In our family, celebrating the birth of Christ is part of our faith tradition. Most families have traditions, but ours are changing as our children reach adulthood. First of all, the three girls in our family (ages 24, 21, and 15) are busier, with their own social commitments. We just aren’t together as much as we used to be!

Along the same lines, our kids are all older, and we just don’t get as excited about everything the way we did when they were little. On the other hand, they all like getting each other gifts, and our youngest did the work of putting up decorations. (She also managed to destroy the plastic mistletoe that I had overlooked from last year!)

What will life will be like for our

adult children

when we are gone?

Sometimes the changing of seasons is a bit bittersweet as we reflect on our oldest daughter’s adult life.  We wonder if she will marry, live on her own, be able to manage money well, and to be happy when we are not in the picture anymore.  Now there’s a thought that will dampen the celebrations!  At those moments, I try not to think about all the people who asked me if I think about how she will get along without her parents some day.

Well, really, how could  I NOT be thinking about it? I don’t talk about it that often, but I certainly think about it every single day. My strategy for now is to keep teaching her about adult living. We continue our transition-to-adulthood conversation all year long, and I am celebrating that our daughter is more grown-up at the end of 2016 than she was at the end of 2015!  Is anybody else celebrating?