Learn More About Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in

Happy August Everyone!

I am re-posting a post from December 2017 to share information about our Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in for those who may be new to this site.

Our next Drop-in takes place on Sunday, August 26th from 1-3 p.m. and then Sunday, September 9th from 1-3 p.m. at Orleans United Church. After September 9th the Drop-in will return to every Sunday afternoon.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions! girlsonthespectrumottawa@gmail.com

Suzanne

P.S.

An article recently written for the UC Observer magazine:

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When we started the Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in back in September we had no idea how quickly it would grow or the interest community would have in what we are doing.

We have been very fortunate to have had a lot of help in getting the word out – through print, television and radio!

If you would like to learn more about the Girls on the Spectrum Ottawa Drop-in please take a look at or listen to the following media pieces –

Accessible Media inc TV – This Week:

http://www.ami.ca/category/ami-week-arts-and-culture/media/girls-on-spectrum

Rogers TV – Daytime:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPkPnpw1qXw

CBC Ottawa Morning:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1084379715558/

Ottawa Community News:

https://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/7678530-mom-starts-orl-ans-drop-in-program-for-girls-with-autism/

The Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in is held every Sunday afternoon from 1-3 pm at Orleans United Church. Please contact Suzanne Allen at 613-852-0828 or girlsonthespectrumottawa@gmail.com for more information.

 

Friendship

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I have always been blessed to have special people in my life who I count as close friends, but friendship is something that can be taken for granted.

When Miriam was born, I expected nothing different for her. Little did I know that it wouldn’t be that easy. In May 2017, when Miriam was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder it definitely helped us to understand why some things were the way they were for her. While it didn’t seem to bother Miriam that she didn’t have a special friend, it certainly was something I worried about. It didn’t, however, lessen my hope for her that she would develop close friendships too.

We all want to have people in our lives with whom we can confide in, those who can share our joys and sorrows and those who we can be ourselves with. I believe that friendship is a vital component of living a healthy and fulfilling life.

One of the reasons for starting the Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in was that by bringing girls together who are facing some of the same issues, friendships would form. And they have!

When Miriam made her first friend at the drop-in, I was so happy – and now she has many friends! Friends she looks forward to seeing every week and who look forward to seeing her too. This evening as she texted back and forth with one of the girls from the group, I got teary eyed because it gave me hope; hope that my daughter will experience all of the wonderful things that life has to offer – including friendship.

Thank you to all of my friends and family who have always loved and supported me. You mean the world to me.

Suzanne

 

February Girls on the Spectrum Newsletter

Introducing the new Girls on the Spectrum Newsletter (a little late this month!).

Girls on the Spectrum February 2018 Newsletter

The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to share with you what we have coming up at the Drop-in and any interesting information I find related to girls with ASD.

Hope you find this helpful and if you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment!

Stay warm!

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Suzanne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Girls on the Spectrum Ottawa would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2018!

Fall 2017 has been very exciting for us with the start of the Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in. We have had so much fun together and are looking forward to meeting again in the new year (Sunday, January 7th).

A few things to look forward to in 2018:

Enjoy your holidays!

Suzanne

 

 

Learn More About the Girls on The Spectrum Drop-in!

Happy August Everyone!

I am re-posting a post from earlier this year to share information about our Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in for those who may be new to this site.

Our next Drop-in takes place on Sunday, August 26th from 1-3 p.m. and then Sunday, September 9th from 1-3 p.m. at Orleans United Church. After September 9th the Drop-in will return to every Sunday afternoon.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions! girlsonthespectrumottawa@gmail.com

Suzanne

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When we started the Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in back in September we had no idea how quickly it would grow or the interest community would have in what we are doing.

We have been very fortunate to have had a lot of help in getting the word out – through print, television and radio!

If you would like to learn more about the Girls on the Spectrum Ottawa Drop-in please take a look at or listen to the following media pieces –

Accessible Media inc TV – This Week:

http://www.ami.ca/category/ami-week-arts-and-culture/media/girls-on-spectrum

Rogers TV – Daytime:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPkPnpw1qXw

CBC Ottawa Morning:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1084379715558/

Ottawa Community News:

https://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/7678530-mom-starts-orl-ans-drop-in-program-for-girls-with-autism/

The Girls on the Spectrum Drop-in is held every Sunday afternoon from 1-3 pm at Orleans United Church. Please contact Suzanne Allen at 613-852-0828 or girlsonthespectrumottawa@gmail.com for more information.