If you have a high school student with Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD], a local organization has a fabulous monthly activity for your teen. The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group [OCASG] and College Living Experience-Costa Mesa have teamed up for TEEN NIGHT on the first Friday of each month. Activities change each month but it’s a fun time for the kids to hang out with teens–along with college-age mentors. It’s a big hit.
The idea is to get kids out of their room, out of the house and integrating with others in the community and that’s exactly what’s being done with this group. Determine what your teen is interested in and help him/her get involved.
This article gives you an idea of the variety of other service organizations that exist here in the OC.
Last week we attended a Meet and Greet with a fabulous student panel at CLE Costa Mesa. CLE is College Living Experience [http://experiencecle.com/]. OMG, those students sold the program, in my opinion. Hearing them talk about their experiences living on their own, with roommates, attending college, managing their time, their studies and everything else, well, it was an eye-opener.
At first my son did not want to be there. “I’m very uncomfortable and we need to leave,” he whispered to me. I suggested he wait in the hall, because I was interested and wanted to stay. He couldn’t have been too uncomfortable, because he didn’t leave. And in fact, it wasn’t long before he was actually smiling about some of the remarks being made. Then one guy uttered a Kurt Cobain quote and my son was ready to sign up! A huge grin crossed his face, he leaned in and was totally engaged.
He kept thanking me for “letting him” go to the meeting. And he talked about it and the students for the next few days.
We haven’t applied yet, but we will for sure dig deeper. If you’re looking for a support program for your child who attends college, be sure to check out CLE. And if you have experience with a similar support program, please let us know!