If you would like to register your interest for the South Lanarkshire NAS Teen Group, please complete the form below. This form must be completed in order to participate. You must also read the rules and make sure that you discuss them with the teen and that you both agree to them. You will be asked to confirm that you have read them as part of the registration form. On completion of your registration you will be able to join our Facebook Group which is exclusive to teen members and their parents and carers. You will be given a link on submitting your registration from.
INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS OF THE A-TEEN SOCIAL GROUP
The group meets twice monthly to provide an opportunity to meet with other families who have, or feel, they may have a young person with Asperger syndrome/higher functioning autism in high school or primary seven approaching transition to high school. (and are seeking a diagnosis). It meets in a safe, secure environment where members feel accepted and know what to expect from the group. Group members know who will be there, (only invited people can attend), They can be prepared for the activity beforehand via our seasonal programme of events, so they know what they will be doing. In this environment a person’s ASD should not be seen as a problem but just as part of their personality.
The group offers opportunities to access main-stream events, activities etc that an individual with Asperger syndrome/higher functioning autism might otherwise find difficult. As it’s a family social group parents meet other parents, siblings meet other siblings and young people on the spectrum meet others on the spectrum. However, no one is made to do anything that they are not comfortable with.
In order to enable group members to feel secure and comfortable within the group, some consideration needs to be given to how we, group members and facilitators/volunteers, behave towards each other during sessions.
The following guidelines aim to give cohesion and ensure members feel secure within the group.
- Everyone should be given the opportunity to express their own views.
- Group members should be patient and considerate to others in the group. A balance between expressing views and listening to others’ views should be sought.
- Each member will be given the opportunity to suggest outings, activities etc.
- While on an outing members should not leave the group, for whatever reason, without telling the facilitator.
- Group members are expected to pay £5 per session and provide their own refreshments unless otherwise stated. Siblings pay £2.50.
- No verbal or physical aggression to other group members, the public or facilitators/volunteers.
- No rude, personal or pre-judicial comments (e.g. related to race, se, gender, religion, etc to other group members, the public or facilitators/volunteers.
- Uninvited people will not be brought to the group.
- We must respect the property of others wherever the group is being held.
- The group will meet for a fixed period of time; this will be decided by the Social Programmes Manager and told to members in advance.
- Members will not become intoxicated while with the group.
- Members must agree not to take part in behaviours that are illegal or anti-social. If members act in an illegal or anti-social way, they could be suspended or expelled from the group.
- Parents are responsible for their child’s behaviour safety and wellbeing at all times.
- Members are responsible for confirming their attendance at fortnightly activities. You must confirm attendance no later than two days before an activity. Contact with the Social Programmes Manager can be made via phone, email or text.
- Part of the facilitators/volunteers’ role is to remind group members of the above and if necessary take action (as below)
The Facilitators Role
- There will usually be a minimum of 2 facilitators.
- Their role is to organise appropriate and accessible venues using information gained from the group. They will ensure that members are informed about group meetings and events usually by letter/text.
- The facilitator also assesses a new person’s suitability for the group. They will liaise with group members to decide on a trial period for the new group member.
- If there is a problem or you feel upset, speak to a facilitator/volunteer. They will try and help resolve the situation. This could be by speaking to you, the other person(s) involved or the whole group. It may be resolved by another means outside the group.
- If anyone significantly breaches the guidelines above it is the facilitators’ role to interject to stop the offending behaviour and support those at the receiving end.
- If it is not possible for the behaviour to be modified a group member may be asked to temporarily or permanently leave the group.
- All those attending the group are bound by the same guidelines including facilitators/volunteers.