Welcome to EMPOWER, where folks like us who are neurodivergent(+) learn to empower ourselves and one another to foster self-esteem, self-efficacy and create a supportive community for ourselves. Aimed at folk who are neurodivergent, this program is created and facilitated by folk who are also neurodivergent (including diagnosed and undiagnosed ADD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, gifted with LDs, Twice Exceptional / 2E, etc). This program is NOT a social skills training group. Instead, EMPOWER focuses on creating the foundations for healthy relationships that include self-advocacy, healthy boundaries and a strong sense of self worth. EMPOWER offers peer-to-peer support and acceptance through facilitated discussions and learning in general age groups.
YES! These groups foster a stronger understanding of building and maintaining meaningful relationships. YES! We also explore how to engage in emotional regulation, taking perspective and even how to moderate our enthusiasm in specific contexts, in order to share this world with neurotypical folk. NO! We do not teach “masking”. NO! We are not about behavioural intervention. NO! We do not view Autism, ADD/ADHD, etc. as something that needs to be fixed.
Adult GROUP (ages 16+)
For adults who are looking to improve their social skills, or to support other socially diverse folk. This group explores a topic of the month, ranging from solving disagreements to flirting and dating.
This group meets Tuesday evenings, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm.
Teen GROUP (ages 13-16)
For teens who are socially awkward, struggle with anxiety, or are looking to up their game with conversation skills! This group is all about self-advocacy, skill building, and group support. Semi-structured. Topic of the month, with some flexibility, depending on where the teens want to take things.
This group meets Monday evenings, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, and the last Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm for an optional Trivia Contest!
Youth GROUP (ages 8-13)
For neurodivergent youth who seek to learn how to improve their friendship skills, better navigate problem solving, and build emotional regulation. Still a support group, with more structure for our younger folk. Skill of the month, lots of activities.
This group meets Wednesday evenings, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm, and the last Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm for a Trivia Contest!
Conversation Club (ages 16+)
Join us for our monthly Conversation Club! We start with small talk (don’t worry, there are cheat sheets), and then practice trading information, active listening, and offering verbal support.
This group meets one Wednesday a month, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.