Support Groups

Adult Autism Support Group

PURPOSE AND SCOPE: The Adult Autism Support Group is if offered to adults on the autism spectrum. It is a peer support group in which participants discuss the traits, characteristics, and talents of those on the autism spectrum. It is an informal and relaxed setting where people can share their thoughts and feelings while asking for feedback and support. Topics relevant to the autism spectrum are presented and discussed. No formal diagnosis is necessary to participate.

PARTICIPATION: You may show up for the group without prior notice. There is no registration process. The groups are continuous throughout the year without a break for holidays unless the holiday falls on the exact day of a group. Please feel free to join us anytime. This website is maintained weekly for updates for your convenience.

FACILITATOR: John Bowen Brown II, the facilitator of the Adult Autism Support Group, is on the spectrum and has a professional degree in human services. He is involved in adult autism advocacy and is passionate about helping people on the spectrum.

CONSULTANT: Barbara J Nichols, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the founder of the Adult Autism Spectrum Association and is the consultant to group facilitators. She has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years and specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, as well as specializing in the treatment of trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and relationship issues.

WHEN: First and Third Thursday of each month throughout the entire year

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Trinity Presbyterian Church, (upstairs from the chapel)
400 E. University Avenue / Tucson, Arizona 85705
See Map Below

DIRECTIONS:  From Interstate 10 (I-10) exit Speedway Blvd (exit 257), and proceed EAST. Turn right onto N. 4th Avenue (heading south). Turn LEFT onto University (heading east). The church parking lot will be visible on your right.

The Trinity Presbyterian Church is located on the southeast corner of University and 4th Avenue.  The Sanctuary entrance is on the east facing side of the church and looks out onto a large parking lot.

Enter the Sanctuary door and walk to the far end of the lobby. You will pass the chapel and community room. Turn left and go to the second floor either by stairs or elevator.

PLEASE COME ON TIME.  The Sanctuary door must be locked during meetings. If you come late and find the door locked, please call (520) 954-1490 or ring the door bell and we will come to open the door for you.

Adult Autism Family Support Group

SCOPE AND PURPOSE: The Adult Autism Family Support Group is offered to family members (spouses, significant others, parents, adult siblings) of adults on the spectrum. It is a peer support group that creates an environment of support and guidance. The family group is designed to help family members to manage the special issues that autism presents to the family. The focus is on strategies and interventions for improved family and relationship life, as well as the exchange of ideas for launching young adults into independence. Members give each other suggestions while encouraging one another in the process of learning and change.

PARTICIPATION: No official diagnosis is necessary for participation. You may show up for the group without prior notice. There is no registration process. The groups are continuous throughout the year without a break for holidays unless the holiday falls on the exact day of a group. Please feel free to join us anytime. This website is maintained weekly for updates for your convenience.

FACILITATOR: Marilyn Riesch, M.S. is a former rehabilitation counselor. Her work with disabled individuals, and her experience as a family member of an adult on the spectrum gives her a unique perspective and expertise. She has facilitated this group since 2004.

CONSULTANT: Barbara J Nichols, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist, is the founder of the Adult Autism Spectrum Association and is the consultant to group facilitators. She has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years and specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, as well as specializing in the treatment of trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and relationship issues.

WHEN: Third Thursday of each month

TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION: Trinity Presbyterian Church
400 E. University Avenue / Tucson, Arizona 85705
See Map Below

DIRECTIONS:  From Interstate 10 (I-10) exit Speedway Blvd (exit 257), and proceed EAST. Turn right onto N. 4th Avenue (heading south). Turn LEFT onto University (heading east). The church parking lot will be visible on your right.

The Trinity Presbyterian Church is located on the southeast corner of University and 4th Avenue.  The Sanctuary entrance is on the east facing side of the church and looks out onto a large parking lot.

Enter the Sanctuary door and walk to the far end of the lobby. You will pass the chapel and community room. Turn left after the staircase. There, you will find the library on the ground level where the group is held.

PLEASE COME ON TIME.  The Sanctuary door must be locked during meetings. If you come late and find the door locked, please call (520) 237-1442 or ring the door bell and we will come to open the door for you.

Facebook Adult Aspergers Support (Closed) Group

There is an excellent online Adult Aspergers support group on Facebook.

This is a CLOSED group. So whatever you post in the channel, stays IN the channel. It is NOT put on your wall.

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