Diana, a local woman with Asperger Syndrome, was looking for support in the community, but when she did not find it she started her own local Aspergers group. With support from her mother, Deborah, they formed a group that promoted awareness and education of Asperger Syndrome, and created a supportive environment for Asperger members. Deborah, a registered nurse with a passion for teaching, recalls that if her daughter felt lost and alone at times, she knew that others must feel the same way.
Young Adults with Aspergers
The group, initially called YAWA, was for young adults with Aspergers, and anyone interested in learning more about it. The group organized events as well as educational components with guest speakers. While the interest was high, the Asperger members were finding it difficult to support one another in the mixed environment. Therefore the group was renamed and restructured.
Square Pegs – Asperger Support
The newly formed group, Square Pegs, is only for people with Asperger Syndrome. The goals of the reorganized group remain the same, however Square Pegs meets on a consistently predictable schedule. “The consistency is absolutely vital for our Aspie members,” explains Deborah. Diana, who has earned an associate degree in communications, and a bachelor degree in English literature, leads the group. Members share their experiences, successes and frustrations in a comfortable and familiar environment. Occasionally the group hosts special events for it’s members such as bowling, miniature golf and pizza parties.
Round Pegs – Asperger Syndrome Education
Keeping the educational component separate but thriving was important to Deborah, who has taken over the newly formed education group. Renamed Round Pegs, the new group will meet on a less structured schedule and welcomes anyone interested in learning more about Asperger syndrome. The group will host guest speakers, including local physicians, authors, nutritionists and educators. Round Pegs will be especially helpful for parents, teachers and clinicians says Deborah enthusiastically.
Square Pegs, for Asperger members, and Round Pegs, for the general public, both continue to welcome new members. For more information about either of these groups please visit their Meetup site, or contact me directly at LaurenDB@frontier.com
About Asperger Syndrome
Asperger Syndrome is one of the disorders on the Autism Spectrum according to the CDC. People with Asperger Syndrome may have problems with social, emotional and communication skills but do not exhibit a language delay. Additionally people with Asperger Syndrome have and average or above average IQ score.