peer support group for autistic parentsNeurodiverging hosts a monthly peer support group for autistic parents. If you're interested, please fill out the form to receive more information, and check out the FAQ below.

Who's hosting this group?

Hi, I'm Danielle Sullivan (she/they). I'm autistic, and a certified life coach trained in positive psychology, solution-focused coaching, applied neuroscience and brain health, and emotional intelligence. I'm a member of the International Coaching Federation, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. 

I'm also the creator of the Neurodiverging podcast, and the parent of 2 children (one with ADHD and one with autism), and I lead the emotional intelligence roundtable "Autistic Emotions Explained" in the Autastic Community, which offers education and exercises to improve your emotional intelligence, and teach EI skills to your family and friends, too!

I'm autistic, queer, poly, enby, vegetarian, collaborative, heart-centered, and many other things. Get in touch with me at neurodiverging.coaching@gmail.com.

Who is this group for?

This group is for anyone who identifies as autistic and a parent.

Whether you're in the process of discovering your neurotype, self-identifying as autistic, or formally-diagnosed, you are welcome here.

Whether you've birthed children, adopted children, joined a family with children, or are otherwise parenting in some capacity, you are welcome here.

When does this group run?

We meet once a month on the second Monday at 6PM MST. This is an open group, which means you can attend as you have time and interest. We have themed discussions and quarterly open discussions. We run year-round on the following dates in 2022:

May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, and December 12th. (2023 dates will be posted in November.)

May 9th -  All things sensory: what are sensory sensitivities, how might they show up for folks, suggestions and ideas for mitigating sensory sensitivities
June 13th - Open Discussion
July 11th - Avoiding or managing parent burnout, parent self-care
August 8th -  Favorite authors, bloggers, folks on social media who are autistic and what you’ve learned from them about parenting.
September 12th -  Open Discussion
October 10th - Schooling redux: 504s & IEPs, working with an advocate, getting assessments requested, finding the right school to fit your child’s specific needs, homeschooling, unschooling
November 14th - Healthy boundaries and dealing with extended family
December 12th - Open Discussion
2022
January -  Share positive family stories. Example prompt question: what's something good, fun, positive that happened recently?
February - Encouraging kids to help with daily chores/pet care, family participation
March - Supporting participation in group sports/extracurricular activities, making friends,
April - Open Discussion

How much does this group cost to attend?

The autistic parents peer support group is sponsored by Danielle Sullivan at Neurodiverging Coaching. It is free to join and attend, and intended to be accessible to anyone regardless of income level. Donations are welcome and appreciated, however, and go toward materials, software, and administrative hours to keep the group running. The suggested sliding scale for donations is $0 to $30 per meeting. Those who are able and willing can donate here: https://paypal.me/neurodiverging. Thanks for your consideration!

How accessible is the group?

This is an open group, which means that new people can join at any time (space permitting), and no one has to worry about occasionally missing meetings. I do encourage those of you who are able to attend as many meetings as you can, to help us all get to know each other well and feel comfortable together.

All conversation in the meeting is completely optional. If you need time to feel comfortable contributing, you have it. If you want to lurk, you can. Cameras can be on or off as individuals are comfortable. We can use the voice chat, the text chat, or a combination of both.

We also have a private Discord set up so group members can converse in between meetings, or folks who can't meet at the regular time can join in.

Code of Conduct:

I ask all members/attendees of the group to abide by these rules, for everyone’s safety and wellbeing. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these, I encourage you to reach out to me at neurodiverging.coaching@gmail.com - I will be very happy to have a conversation about your concerns. We are determined to do our very best to accommodate everyone.

1) We value the diversity in human experience. We include, respect and trust each other. We are safe here to express ourselves and be ourselves, and we will help each other find and keep that safety.

2) To keep our space safe, everything discussed in the group must be kept confidential. Please do not talk or write about anything you’ve heard or seen in the group to anyone outside of it. Please do not interact with other group members outside of the group without their explicit permission. Please check in if you have questions.

3) To keep our space inclusive, please do your best not to verbally interrupt the facilitator or any group members during our turns to speak. Listening is as important as speaking during support groups. I know this can be hard, so please let me know if there’s any way I can support you with this.

4) We are here together. Please try to be present when listening to each group member. Give feedback when needed; nod your head, leave an emoji, or otherwise show when you understand what someone is saying.

I have another question that's not covered here?

I'm happy to help! Get in touch with me at neurodiverging.coaching@gmail.com.

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