In addition to working individually with students, the AEC offers psycho-educational groups during the academic year which provide students with support, opportunities to connect with and learn from one another, as well as additional tools and resources.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-346-1155 for more information.
ADHD Strategies and Support Group
Group Facilitator: Kelsey Kuperman
The ADHD Strategies and Support Group is designed to provide a comfortable space for students with ADHD to let down their walls and talk about what it’s really like to have ADHD. The group introduces a more strengths-based understanding of ADHD, while still acknowledging and addressing the very real (and quite frustrating) ADHD-related challenges that get in the way of students reaching their potential. Students in the group have an opportunity to develop and practice creative strategies and practical skills in areas of time-management, motivation/getting started, follow-through, self-care, and self-advocacy. In addition to gaining insight into the many hidden “gifts” of ADHD, the group can also help students create a stronger sense of community around ADHD as an important aspect of identity and everyday experience – it’s truly powerful to be around other people who “get it!” The group (approx. 6-10 students per group) meets every week for 2-hours on campus. If you’re interested in participating or want to learn more, please feel free to email me (Kelsey) at email@example.com and we can schedule a time for us to meet prior to you joining the group.
Cultivating Self-Compassion Group
Group Facilitator: Darien Combs
In this Accessible Education Center group, we will explore the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself, especially in times of need. We will learn about the three core elements of self-compassion: self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.We will discuss self-compassion in relation to experiences of disability and in relation to self-advocacy around use of accommodations. We will practice self-compassion with the support of exercises and guided meditations. The seeds of self-compassion already exist within you; in this group, we will explore how to nurture and grow them.
Social Connectedness Group
The SCG is a peer-directed social group. Although there is a group facilitator who will help structure meetings sometimes, the group is designed to be a welcoming space for people on the autism spectrum and with related diagnoses and identities to socialize in ways they feel most comfortable. The group was not originally designed to be a support group but group members often give and receive support. We also have discussions around self-advocacy with professors, making friends, dating, or disclosing disability identities, but mostly people just chat about how their weeks are going. We also have snacks and play board and video games!