Tonight marks the second ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Parent Support Group that I began last month with the help of Rowell Family Empowerment Center and the ARC of Butte County.
The first group was very “intimate” with me, Rob and Roger. I am hoping tonight’s outcome will be slightly better. I am going to try to take it in stride and keep my sense of humor. Otherwise, I will feel my effort has been wasted. However, I have had the notion of, perhaps, attempting a more laid-back setting for June. I would like to have a small meeting in my home or in the yard. Although the ARC is very helpful providing food and a space, the room is a formal meeting room and does not seem like such a friendly place to chat. In the past, I have attended support groups for my own recovery (eating disorders) and I have never been in such a formal setting. I think a couch/floor/music provides more relaxation which would lead to more openness (as opposed to a round table with upright chairs).
Tomorrow, I will update you on the outcome and if I will attempt try number 3.