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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.

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

Contact: Merrick Egber
Contact: Rita Woolley
Office: 561-320-9513

Download the Spoken Wheel Society Flyer

Family Roundtable Discussions

This program is for parents and/or families of adults with an autism spectrum disorder. 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.

Upcoming Family Roundtable Discussions

Law Enforcement and Autism Sensitivity

Because of hurricane Dorian, date changed to September 11th, 2019 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. |The Els Center of Excellence
with Sgt. Ivan Fantauzzi
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Maintaining Supports and Staying Consistent Across Settings

October 2nd, 2019 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. |The Els Center of Excellence
with Andrea Martin, M.S., and Chad Grossman, M.S., CCC-SLP
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Relationship Skills and Creating Meaningful Relationships

November 6th, 2019 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. |The Els Center of Excellence
with Alison B. Bourdeau, M.S.Ed.
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Family Roundtable Cooking Lessons

In addition, Els for Autism hosts a cooking lesson for parents of adult children.  These cooking groups are a fun way for parents to share stories and resources while learning how to prepare delicious meals.

For more information about FREE Family Roundtable discussion groups or cooking lessons:

Contact: Rita Woolley
Phone: 561-320-9513

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
Contact: Kimberly Watterson-Rivieccio, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Phone: 561-320-9491

Download the flyer for more information

Recreation Programs

With the goal to promote social interaction and good health, the adult Recreation Programs are offered in golf, tennis, yoga, theater, and music.  Recreation Programs are for adults who are either still enrolled in high school or those who have completed high school.

Contact: Kelley Coutts, Recreation Coordinator
Phone: 561-320-9512

View the current adult Recreation Programs schedule