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Respect for Group Services

We offer Group Wellbeing Support Services to autistic people and their families and carers who live in Greater Manchester.  Groups are run online.

All of our groups are hosted by trained counsellors and facilitators, with at least one facilitator identifying as neurodiverse themselves.  

We offer two types of groups:

- Autism Awareness Groups

- Themed Peer Support Groups 

We run very small groups of between 6 and 8 people and there are groups available for teenagers, adults, parents / carers and LGBTQI+ communities


More details on our groups can be found below.

 

Please fully complete the referral form - click the link below.  Please note, incomplete referral forms cannot be processed.

After we receive your referral, we will contact you to arrange an assessment where we will discuss all our service options with you and guide you through the next steps. You are able to access more than one service.


Group Therapy

Autism Awareness Groups

Our Autism Awareness Groups offer you 6 x 2 hour online groups.

Each group is held weekly, has 2 facilitators and up to 8 participants.


These groups are structured and psychoeducational in nature. This means that our facilitators use a range of activities within the group sessions that combine education with counselling approaches and the shared lived experiences of group participants to improve knowledge and understanding of autism and how autism can impact day to day life.


Participants can decide how active they want to be during sessions and may wish to keep cameras off or use the typed chat functions rather than speak etc.  If you want to speak in the sessions, there is also plenty of opportunity for interaction and peer connection. 


Groups are such a powerful opportunity to connect with people who are experiencing similar things to you.


These groups are available for:

Teenagers (ages 14 to 19)

Adults (20+)

Parents and carers

Our Autism Awareness Groups run multiple times per year.

Group therapy

Themed Peer Support Groups

Our Themed Peer Support Groups offer you 8 x 2 hour online groups.

Each group is held weekly, has 2 facilitators and up to 8 participants.


These groups are facilitated but are peer led in their approach. This means that the discussions in each group session are led by the participants rather than structured.  Our facilitators are there purely to help get the conversation going in line with that week's topic.

The weekly themes for these groups are:

Week 1: Autism and me

Week 2: Autism diagnosis, self-Identifying without diagnosis, and Disclosure

Week 3: Communication differences and difficulties

Week 4: Sensory processing and differences

Week 5: Emotions and emotional regulation

Week 6: Managing our mental health and wellbeing

Week 7: Endings and transitions

Week 8: Open group topic 

Participants can decide how active they want to be during sessions and may wish to keep cameras off or use the typed chat functions rather than speak etc.  


Groups are such a powerful opportunity to connect with people who are experiencing similar things to you.


These groups are available for:

Teenagers (ages 14 to 19)

Adults (20+)

LGBTQI+ Teens (ages 14 to 19)

LGBTQI+ Adults (20+)

Our Themed Peer Support Groups run multiple times per year.

Group Services: Programs
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