Group Programming Sessions

Virtual Learning & Socialization Opportunities for Individuals with ASD and Related Disabilities

Does your child or student with ASD need to develop executive skills, plan for and practice daily routines, or learn about community opportunities related to employment, leisure, and socialization? Scroll down to learn more about our virtual group sessions (small, multi-day, and large group community connections).

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Take this brief survey to share preferred days/times for programming opportunities to best fit your needs and schedule.

Below you will find our current virtual Group Session offerings, open to individuals and groups from Indiana and beyond.

To view all programming opportunities & a step-by-step process on how to get started, follow the link below:

Small Group Sessions

To be able to access these opportunities, you need to first gain a referral & follow necessary pre-registration steps from a community professional (i.e. medical, school, therapist, etc).

Small group discussions (up to 6 participants) will center around monthly topics and are conducted across 2-4 weekly sessions. Pick either one or both topics each month.

Emotional Self Regulation Skills Virtual SG Session

Tue 4-5 pm EST & Wed 9-10 am EST

This group will focus on emotional self-regulation, identifying good and bad ways to deal with emotions, and building skills for positive ways. Group members will gain awareness of different emotions as well as begin strategizing tools to navigate negative emotions and build on positive ones.

Tue 4-5 pm EST & Wed 9-10 am EST

All month long, we'll focus on emotional self-regulation and acceptable coping strategies. Group members will gain awareness of emotions as well as beginning strategies and coping strategies based on mindfulness, gratitude, and positive thinking.

Tue 4-5 pm EST & Wed 9-10 am EST

This group will focus on ways to recognize and cope with stress and anxiety. Group members will gain awareness of the emotions that reflect stress and anxiety as well as strategies and tools to navigate negative emotions and build on positive ones.

Self Care Skills Virtual SG Session

Thurs 4-5pm EST & Friday 9-10 am EST

All month long, we'll explore topics around self-care and how to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Sessions will focus on ways to prevent getting sick, as well as practical hygiene tips (i.e., what to do if you get sick).

Thurs 4-5pm EST & Friday 9-10 am EST

This session will build upon self-care skills and explore in more depth types of physical activity that can help a person stay healthy.

Thurs 4-5pm EST & Friday 9-10 am EST

This session will build upon self-care skills and health-benefits of hygiene. We will explore hygiene practices for a healthy body in more detail.

Before you register…

Follow these steps to getting started with small groups:

Multi-Day Virtual Interest Groups:

To be able to access these opportunities, you need to first gain a referral & follow necessary pre-registration steps from a community professional (i.e. medical, school, therapist, etc).

NEW! Multi-Day Virtual Interest Groups

Together, we will explore the foundations of self-advocacy and how to become a better self-advocate across different settings - from school to healthcare and work! Schedule:
  • October 12-14
  • November 21-22: 4-5pm ET
  • December 19, 20, & 22: 4-5pm ET
Are you wondering what you want to do once you finish high school? Would you like to explore different careers? Join our small group for 3-day sessions, where will explore different groups of jobs. Schedule:
  • November 14, 15, & 17: 4-5pm ET
  • December 5, 6, & 8: 4-5pm ET
Next Steps™ workshop is a discussion-based workshop in which the team from HANDS in Autism® discuss general information about diagnosis, adjusting to diagnosis, and how to make appropriate treatment decisions. Schedule:
  • October 19-20 (11:30am-1pm ET)
  • November 2-3 (5:30pm-6:30pm ET)
  • December 7-8 (11:30am-1pm ET)
This small group will be focused on independence in the home and your community: How much do you want? What more do you need to know? Let's talk about it! Schedule:
  • October 24, 25, & 27
  • November 21-23; 11:30am-1pm ET
  • December 27-29; 11:30am-1pm ET

Before you register…

Follow these steps to getting started with multi-day groups:

Community Connections: Friday Virtual Meetups

3:30-5:00pm ET

Groups of 10 or more students connect virtually to learn about just-in-time topics allowing them to engage with and learn more about community opportunities, to hear about topics of interest or importance to them, and to connect with a group of peers. New topics are covered each week with an overarching monthly theme.

All month long we will explore topics and strategies surrounding the theme of Disability Employment Awareness Month and self-advocating with employers and colleagues.
All month long we will explore topics and strategies surrounding topics like giving, support, and engagement!
'Tis the season! All month long, we'll explore topics and strategies on how to stay unbiased and inclusive during the holiday season.

Private Group Programs & Internships

Interested in providing programming to your students, employees, or organization in a more tailored and specific way? Contact hands@iupui.edu with stated interest and a brief overview of your organization & potential needs so we can provide what’s best for you!

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Contact us with any questions before, during, or after the process to getting involved with programming services.