We Help People And Families Affected By Autism

Support & Activities

You are not in this alone!

Autism Delaware’s mission is to help people and families affected by autism throughout Delaware. We believe that support and education move us toward that goal.

Our Support & Activities

We offer educational opportunities that help parents and caregivers learn about important topics, we host parent coffees, and have an online support group that helps to build peer networks. We hope that you will take advantage of some of the options that are available to you.

Visit our events calendar for a complete list of upcoming opportunities

Workshops & Speakers

Autism Delaware provides regular opportunities for parents, caregivers, individuals with autism, medical professionals, educators, and members of the community to hear directly from experts in the field of autism therapies, autism issues, and autism research.

Social Skills Activities

Building social skills is an important part of the continuing development of both children and adults with autism. Autism Delaware provides a number of social and recreational opportunities, which is a great way to engage in social skill building, throughout the year.

Recreational Opportunities

Each year we hold, literally, hundreds of opportunities for family recreation, from sensory friendly movies, to bowling, roller skating, art classes, and beyond.

Coffee & Conversation

Parent coffee hours offer the opportunity  to get together in a safe, comfortable atmosphere to talk about issues of concern, vent frustrations & learn about important topics.

Autism Delaware Social Groups

Purpose of our Social Groups

The Autism Delaware Social Groups are designed to provide a traditional social group experience with necessary supports from staff who understand the special needs of youth and young adults with ASD. Our goal is to help each individual have a fun and successful recreation/social experience building new peer relationships, exploring new activities, and making gains in independence. Group will also provide the opportunity for respite for families!

Fees are based on length of session.  These are a drop off programs and are considered respite by DDDS. You MUST notify DDDS if you intend to utilize your respite find for this program. Contact the DDDS Respite Unit and/or Community Navigator to determine available funds for this program. In addition, a limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Annalisa at annalisa.ekbladh@delautism.org or 302-224-6020 for more information and an application.

Application Process

Registration is required for all social groups. Registration forms must be completed prior to participation in Social Groups.  Criteria for participation varies by group.  Please refer to the registration form for criteria for participation.  Application and Consent form are required.

The Club:  Young Adult Social Group

 The Club social program is structured to be filled with new adventures within a repeating schedule. Activities may include: movies, restaurants, sporting events (maybe attending, an actual sport), AD’s Amazing Race, maybe occasional travel, and more! Throughout each activity, emphasis is put on communication, social skills, and building self-esteem. We are basing the group on the “PEERS Model”, a nationally recognized curriculum developed by staff at the University of California.

Dates: Starting 09/26/2018 this is an 8 Week Program offered on Wednesday
Hours – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (but this will depend on our activities)
Location:  Lewes Office of Autism Delaware.  Will vary with activities, a calendar will be provided.
Who:  We have 15-20 openings for Adults 19 through 30 with autism spectrum disorder
Fee:  $80

YOUNG ADULT SOCIAL GROUP REGISTRATION FORM

PARENT CONSENT FORM

ADULT CONSENT FORM

BSG: Boy’s Social Group

The Boy’s Social Group program is structured to be filled with new adventures within a repeating schedule. Activities may include: movies, restaurants, sporting events (maybe attending, maybe an actual sport), AD’s Amazing Race, maybe occasional travel, and more! Throughout each activity, emphasis is put on communication, social skills, and building self-esteem. We use a “Challenge by Choice” approach throughout social activities, meaning that we encourage participants to try new things, but never force them into an activity. Emotional and physical safety is always our priority.

Dates: Starting 09/14/2018 this is an 6 Week Program offered on every other Friday
Hours:  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (but this will depend on our activities)
Location:  Newark Office of Autism Delaware. Will vary by activity, a calendar will be provided.
Who:  Boy’s ages 13-18 with autism spectrum disorder
Fee:  $60

YOUTH SOCIAL GROUP REGISTRATION FORM

PARENT CONSENT FORM

BRAVE: Girl’s Social Group

The BRAVE program is structured to be filled with new adventures within a repeating schedule. Activities may include: crafts, games, activities, maybe occasional travel, and more! Throughout each activity, emphasis is put on communication, social skills, and building self-esteem. We use a “Challenge by Choice” approach throughout social activities, meaning that we encourage participants to try new things, but never force them into an activity. Emotional and physical safety is always our priority.

Dates: Starting 09/21/2018 this is an 6 Week Program offered on every other Friday
Hours:  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (but this will depend on our activities)
Location:  Newark Office of Autism Delaware. Will vary by activity, a calendar will be provided.
Who:  Girls ages 10-19 with autism spectrum disorder
Fee:  $60

YOUTH SOCIAL GROUP REGISTRATION FORM

PARENT CONSENT FORM

Leaps and Bounds

Central Delaware Speech Language Pathology and Autism Delaware are teaming up to provide a fun afternoon for young children where social concepts are introduced. Group goals focus on communication skills through movement, role play and hands-on activities.

Dates: Starting 10/5/2018 this is an 6 Week Program every Friday 
Hours:  4 PM to 5 PM 
Location:  First State Martial Arts, 523 S. Red Haven Lane, #102, Dover, DE 
Who:  Ages 5-8 with autism spectrum disorder
Fee:  $60

CHILD SOCIAL GROUP REGISTRATION FORM

PARENT CONSENT FORM

Outside the Box Conference

About the Conference

Join us for an inspirational weekend filled with new perspectives and ideas. Learn from local and national presenters alongside parents and school professionals of children who are Deaf-Blind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind and Visually Impaired, and who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Choose from a variety of breakout sessions and visit vendors and exhibitors for information and resources. Outside the Box provides families and educational staff a unique opportunity to learn together. National and local presenters with experiences in a variety of content areas give the participants the knowledge and skills needed to help their child in the areas of behavior, communication, vision, assistive technology as well as other topics.

Friday, October 5 (Professionals)

Saturday, October 6 (Professionals and Families)

2018 CONFERENCE BOOKLET

Session Topics:Behavior, Communication, Deaf, Hard of Hearing/Mainstream Success, Blind and Visually Impaired, Autism, Positive Advocacy, Assistive Technology, IEP

Childcare: Stipends for childcare are available for families of children with Autism through funding from Autism Delaware. A separate application is required for childcare stipends. Visit https://www.delautism.org/scholarships/ for a childcare stipend application.

Meals & Hotel Accommodations
Family attendees and children will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday.
Attendees are responsible for hotel accommodations***. Please contact the hotel directly at 866-238-4218. A block of rooms has been reserved. Ask for Outside the Box rate.
***Families of children with autism may contact Autism Delaware to apply for a conference stipend. Conference grants are limited in number and have additional requirements. Follow this link for more information or visit www.autismdelaware.org/scholarships.

For general conference questions or information please contact Karen Robinson at 302-454-2305 or karen.robinson@christina.k12.de.us

Registration Process

Regfistration for the conference is required for all professionals and families.  

REGISTRATION FOR FAMILIES

REGISTRATION FOR PROFESSIONALS

 

Autism Delaware Junior Golf Program

Purpose of Junior Golf

The game of golf can be enjoyed across the lifespan, helping youth increase confidence, perseverance and improve judgment as they learn techniques of the game. Instruction will include: putting, chipping, driving, short game, course etiquette and more.

The program will again be free, thanks to the generosity of Coach Butch Holtzclaw and The Rookery. Equipment for this program will be provided by The Rookery, purchased through a previous grant provided by The Philadelphia Foundation and The Greater Philadelphia PGA.

Application Process

Applications for Junior Golf are due by September 7, 2018.  Please email application to sarah.young@delautism.org or fax to 302-224-6017.  If you’d like to talk about the Junior Golf Program, please call Sarah Young at 302-224-6020 x 204 or email sarah.young@delautism.org.

JUNIOR GOLF APPLICATION

 

Autism Delaware Summer Beach Camp

Purpose of the Camp

The Autism Delaware Summer Beach Camp is designed to provide a traditional summer day camp experience with necessary supports from staff who understand the special needs of youth with ASD. Our goal is to help each child have a fun and successful summer camp experience building new peer relationships, exploring new activities, and making gains in independence. Camp also provides the opportunity for respite for families!

The camp program is highly structured and filled with new adventures within a repeating schedule. Activities include kayaking, sailing, swimming at the beach, low ropes course, arts and crafts, swimming in the pool, and more! Throughout each activity, emphasis is put on communication, social skills, and building self-esteem. We use a “Challenge by Choice” approach throughout camp activities, meaning that we encourage campers to try new things, but never force them into an activity. Emotional and physical safety are always our priority.
Program staff will include teachers, paraprofessionals and therapists with autism training and experience, Autism Delaware staff, and Children’s Beach House Camp Counselors, allowing for a low staff to camper ratio.

Application Process

Applications for camp in 2018 are now closed. If you’d like to talk about camp in 2019, please call our office in Lewes at 302-644-3410.

Other programs we offer:

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)

PEERS is a 14-week social skills intervention for motivated teens/tweens in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help make and keep friends. PEERS is an evidence-based, interactive program for young folks (ages 11-18) with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Registration for PEERS is on-going.  If you are interested in the PEERS program, please conatct Annalisa Ekbladh at annalisa.ekbladh@delautism.org or 302-224-6030 x 218.

Parent Online Support Group

This e-mail group is for parents, guardians or any family member who has a care-taking role of an individual with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or PDD-NOS living in the State of Delaware. This will be a place to safely share your experiences and concerns. This group is set on private and only members can read and post to the group.

When it comes to participation in this group, please remember: Venting is healthy and something we all need to do it from time to time. Vent away if you must! However, bashing or slandering another member on the group for their choices in therapies, techniques or beliefs will not be allowed. We will warn anyone who violates this policy and remove them after a second incident.

Email attachments are not permitted in this group.

The email address for the group is: ASDSupportGroup@googlegroups.com.

The website for the group is at: http://groups.google.com/group/ASDSupportGroup.

You may choose to receive individual emails, a daily summary or participate by going to the group website to read or post.

Contact Autism Delaware

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New Castle County

Phone: 302-224-6020
Fax: 302-224-6017

924 Old Harmony Road,
Suite 201
Newark, DE 19713

Sussex County

Phone: 302-644-3410
Fax: 302-827-2389

17517 Nassau Commons Blvd.
Unit 1
Lewes, DE 19958

Kent County 

Phone: 302-644-3410
Fax: 302-827-2389

POW&R only at 302-678-2113 

 

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