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Social and Recreation Programs

Adults with Autism Social Group

The Spoken Wheel Society is a social group for adults with autism led by an adult with autism. Each month the group meets for two hours at The Els Center of Excellence campus to participate in interactive games and a potluck meal. The group also makes plans for a monthly Saturday off-campus event for activities like bowling, mini-golf, movies, restaurants, or an arcade. The off-campus events are not supported by Els for Autism staff and group members must be able to navigate community environments safely and independently without support. Members of the group are welcome to share ideas for activities both on and off-campus.

(Live groups on hold at this time. Weekly virtual social group running every Friday).

If you would like more information or to become a member of The Spoken Wheel Society:

Contact: Merrick Egber
Email: Merrick.Egber@elsforautism.org
Office: 561-320-9520
or
Contact: Loden Malone
Email: Loden.Malone@elsforautism.org

Office: 561-598-6200 x4041

Download the Spoken Wheel Society Flyer


Family Roundtable Discussions

This program is for parents and/or families of adult children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The discussions are topic specific, guided by a knowledgeable professional, focused on the needs of parents, and sharing of experiences. Participation can help families become better prepared to make informed decisions and access community resources.

Trudi Zayac, MSW/MA, Director of Adult Services

Phone: 561-320-9516 | Email: Trudi.Zayac@elsforautism.org

 


Adult Connections Club

This Online Club is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to interact with peers in a safe and support environment using video conferencing technology, while practicing communication and social skills. Els for Autism staff members will facilitate meetings, providing support and guidance so individuals of all abilities can participate.

Contact: Kelley Coutts, Recreation Coordinator
Email: kelley.coutts@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9512

 


Daily Living Skills Group

Online group skills class to support and reinforce Independent Living Skills.  Participants learn to cook an item and also learn a skill to support independent living (eg: How to do laundry).

Trudi Zayac, MSW/MA, Director of Adult Services

Phone: 561-320-9516 | Email: Trudi.Zayac@elsforautism.org

 


Mental Health Support Group

Els for Autism Foundation is offering a Mental Health Support Group, a place where individuals can come together to share stories and experiences about their lives and to discuss common issues such as depressed mood, anxiety, and compulsive thoughts.  The focus of the support group will be to improve one’s overall quality of life and increase community participation.

Contact: Jennifer Smyth, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Email: jsmythlmhc@gmail.com
or
Contact: Kimberly Watterson-Rivieccio, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Email: kimberly.rivieccio@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9491

Download the flyer for more information


Recreation Programs

With the goal to promote social interaction and healthy lifestyle, adult Recreation Programs are offered in golf, tennis, yoga, theater, music, chorus, and art. Recreation programs are for adults with autism or other developmental disabilities who are either still enrolled in high school or those who have completed high school. Some live classes are on hold at this time. Virtual classes available.

Contact: Kelley Coutts, Recreation Coordinator
Email: kelley.coutts@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9512

 

 


For more information on the Adult Services Programs

Trudi Zayac, MSW/MA, Director of Adult Services

Phone: 561-320-9516 | Email: Trudi.Zayac@elsforautism.org