• Thursday, Sep 05th
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Autism Society NWPA Office-1062 Brown Avenue Erie PA
  • Registration for Teen Club is required

Friends & Pals Teen Social & Bridge to Success

Teen Club (Ages 13 - 21)

Friends & Pals Teen Club (age 13 – 21) provides an opportunity for friendship, conversation, and FUN!  Teenagers need more independent social skills once they leave school for college or the job market. Our group gives teens on the autism spectrum an opportunity to utilize their social skills and practice them in a comfortable environment.


Summer Meet Ups!

Looking for some summer fun with friends?  Join your pals from Friends & Pals Teen Club at local venues throughout the summer months.
PLEASE NOTE:  Summer Meet Ups are opportunities for teens to meet up with other teen clubbers (with their parent/guardian).  Our "host" parent(s) are not able to supervise your son/daughter.
Our host parent   has volunteered to meet the group at a specific venue and "be the familiar face."   Families are responsible for cost and supervision of their own son.daughter at the meet ups.

Summer Meet Ups Schedule:

Wednesday, June 19 at 2:00pm | Waldameer - Amusement Park Rides - (approximate cost $31.50 or season pass) ~ Jill Gausman, Parent Host
Thursday, June 20 at 2:00pm | Tom Ridge Environment Center - Big Green Screen "Turtle Odyssey" - (approximate cost: adult age 13-64 - $6.00; children 3-12 - $5.00) ~ Tish Bartlett, Parent Host
Wednesday, June 26 at 10:00am | Tinseltown - Summer Movie Club "How to Train Your Dragon" - ($1.00 movie/ snacks additional) ~ Tish Bartlett, Parent Host
Wednesday, June 26 at 2:00pm | Erie Zoo - visit zoo - ($10.00 admission or Zoo Membership) ~ Jill Gausman, Parent Host
Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00pm |  Waldameer - Amusement Park Rides - (approximate cost $31.50 or season pass) ~ Jill Gausman, Parent Host
Wednesday, July 31 at 2:00pm | Erie Zoo - visit zoo - ($10.00 admission or Zoo Membership) ~ Jill Gausman, Parent Host
Wednesday, August 7 at 10:00am | Tinseltown - Summer Movie Club "Hotel Transylvania 3" - ($1.00 movie/ snacks additional) ~ Tish Bartlett, Parent Host
Wednesday, August 7 at 2:00pm |  Waldameer - Amusement Park Rides - (approximate cost $31.50 or season pass) ~ Jill Gausman, Parent Host
Friday, August 23 at 1:00pm | Waldameer - Water Park Outing - (approximate cost $29.00 or season pass) ~ Tish Bartlett, Parent Host

Admission Information
Waldameer & Water World
Erie Zoo
Summer Movie Club | Tinseltown
TREC - Big Green Screen

Please email info@autismnwpa.org if you are interested in volunteering as a parent host for a Summer Meet Up.

Check back for changes and updates to the above schedule.


2019-2020 | We are offering two (2) groups - Teen Social Club & Teen Bridge to Success

WHEN:  Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm | Teens will be provided with dinner

FALL SESSION 2019 - CURRICULUM:  Healthy Relationships:  Relationship Development

~ Thursday, September 5 | Social Club | Meet & Greet - team building
~ Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26 | Bridge to Success | Relationship Development*
~ Thursday, October 3 | Social Club | Different Types of Relationships; Review of Friend, Acquaintance and Bully
~ Thursday, October 10, 17, 24 | Bridge to Success | Relationship Development*
~ Thursday, November 7 | Social Club | Yoga - This class utilizes visual aids, sensory support, songs, and games. (bring yoga mat or towel)
~ Thursday, November 14, 21 | Bridge to Success | Relationship Development*
~ Thursday, December 5 | Holiday Party | Erie Movie House

COST:
~ Teen Social Club only | 1st Thursday of the month for 4 months | $12.00
~ Teen Bridge to Success | 12-weeks (includes social club) | $24.00


About the Program.....Bridge to Success

Persons diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a lot to offer in the work environment but may need some guidance along the way to build interpersonal skills and confidence. Many people may be gifted in certain areas such as technology and long-term memory, but struggle with tasks such as "small talk" or managing stress levels. These are not skills that are developed overnight, using PowerPoint Presentations, Lesson Plans, Videos, Role Playing and real-life scenarios, there are opportunities to practice and apply the skills needed for successful transition.

A focus on a person's strengths will empower and motivate. The goal of Bridge to Success is to help build on the skills to help our teens live safely, happily, competently, and independently as adults.

  • Topics:  Understanding Social Media; Small Talk; Private Talk; Secrets; Voice Volume; Breaking Social Boundaries and Likely Consequences; Types of Physical Affection

SPRING SESSION 2020

~ Thursday, February 6 | Meet & Greet - team building
~ Thursday, March 5 | TBA
~ Thursday, April 2 | Cooking Together
~ Thursday, May 7 | TBA


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