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GROUPS

This support group is open to EVERY FAMILY regardless of child's age, ability, etc.  This group will be off for the summer.  Watch for more info. about the Fall comeback!!!

Hang Out Jr. is a group designed to give elementary school-aged children with autism an opportunity to hang out in a supportive environment and practice social strategies. For more information, please contact Lauren Erickson at lauren.erickson@opad.org

This group is open to all Spanish-speaking caregivers of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This group will be off for the summer.  Look for more info. for the about the Sept. 12th meeting.

Hang Out Sr. is a group designed to give middle and high school-aged children with autism an opportunity to hang out in a supportive environment and practice social strategies. For more information, please contact Lauren Erickson at lauren.erickson@opad.org!

Sibshops are workshop groups for 8-14 year old siblings of kids with special needs. Groups meet monthly from October-May on the first Saturday of each month from 9am-11:30am! This group is open for registration and will occur so long as we can meet safely in accordance to the CDC and the McHenry County Health Department. Participants will be expected to answer basic COVID health questions and to wear a mask. For more information, contact Winter Noe at winter.noe@opad.org

For registration forms in English click here or Spanish click here.

Respite is one of the most common resources requested by family and one of the most challenging to find. This is why Options & Advocacy and First Church of Crystal Lake are so pleased to announce that there is a FREE respite opportunity available right here in McHenry County!

PEERS is an evidence-based social curriculum for teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum who are interested in making and keeping friends. Participants and caregivers each attend weekly 90-minute sessions addressing topics including conversational skills, finding friends, using humor, and handling conflict. For more information, contact Dan Bressler at dan.bressler@opad.org!

The purpose of Discovery Group is to offer an opportunity for adults on the autism spectrum to build friendships with one another. The group engages in discussions about life, goals, and strategies and occasionally hosts guest speakers. For more information, contact Darbi Carbone at darbi.carbone@opad.org!

Social Skills groups utilize multiple Social Thinking curricula and strive to teach children and adolescents on the autism spectrum that importance of understanding themselves and their peers! For more information, contact Lauren Erickson at lauren.erickson@opad.org

Child and Family Connections offers playgroups facilitated by a Developmental Therapist for you and your child, ages 4 and under.  Enjoy some quality time with your child and watch them met and play with kids their age while you enjoy some conversation with people your age!  Each sessions incorporates free exploration time, circle time, stories, music, a craft, and more.  This is a lot of variety so kids can practice all of their developing skills, not only gross and fine motor, but also sensory and social skills.