Individual & Group Programming

Virtual Learning & Socialization Opportunities for Individuals with ASD

Small Groups, Multi-Day Sessions, and Large Group Community Connections Sessions.
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Open to individuals & groups from Indiana and beyond!

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Programming:

HANDS in Autism® provides a range of on-site services tailored to individual goal-setting and age-based needs.

Early Childhood Program
(2-6yo Children)

School-age Program
(K -12th Grade)

Transition/Adulthood Program
(14yo-Adulthood)

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). Summer schedule is now available!

To be able to access these opportunities, make sure you register (or update your information, if you are a returning participant!)

After you register, follow these steps to get started prior to your first session(s).

Contact us at 317.274.2675 or hands@iupui.edu with any questions

Small Group Sessions

Small groups (up to 6 participants) will center around monthly topics and are conducted across 2-4 weekly sessions. We will be running two topics per month with 2 options per group so you can pick the best time for your individual with ASD and choose to participate in either one or two topics each month.

September
Wednesdays, 4-5pm EST
Fridays, 9-10am EST
October
Wednesdays, 4-5pm EST
Fridays, 9-10am EST
November
Wednesdays, 4-5pm EST
Fridays, 9-10am EST
Independent Living Skills: Morning Routine Part 1Independent Living Skills: Morning Routine Part 2Independent living skills: Transportation
• Discuss and create a morning routine
• Identify and improve hygiene skills, dressing appropriately, healthy breakfast choices, and how to dress appropriately
• Create a basic schedule for the morning
• Determine times needed to wake up, get ready, access transportation, and get to the location on time
• What are my transportation options?
• How do I get connected with public transit?
• Time management component with travel time, waiting, rush hour times, etc.
September
Wednesdays, 4-5pm EST
Fridays, 9-10am EST
October
Wednesdays, 4-5pm EST
Fridays, 9-10am EST
November
Wednesdays, 4-5pm EST
Fridays, 9-10am EST
Leisure Skills: Making Choices and Determining PreferencesLeisure Skills: “Me Time”
It’s Okay to be Alone
Leisure Skills: Virtual Safety Part 1 – Keeping Yourself Safe Online
• Understand and identify a variety of age appropriate interests
• Identify 2-3 current interests
• Identify appropriate activities to do on break at school or work
• What do I do when I can’t go somewhere, or someone can’t be with me?
• When I am alone, what can I do to stay engaged in activities?
• Explore alternatives to apps and youtube
• What is okay to post and share with others?
• Online/virtual etiquette
• What information is safe to give out and not to give out

Community Connections: Friday Virtual Meetups

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.

September
Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm EST
October
Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm EST
November
Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm EST
Social ConnectionsTBDTBD
Speakers and activities will allow group members to hear about, ask questions, and connect around the importance of connecting with yourself and with others.

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!

Getting Started with Programming:

We are so excited that you and your family have decided to engage in services provided by HANDS in Autism®! It is indeed our privilege to partner with you along this journey of growth and opportunities! To facilitate a smooth start to services, please complete the following administrative and technical processes prior to your first session.

1. Sign a Media Consent Form

HANDS in Autism® greatly respects the confidentiality of your information. Briefly, we may collect photographs, audio recordings, and/or video recordings to ensure the provision of high-quality services and facilitate targeted educational and training purposes. You may also provide optional consent for us to use this information in broader educational, promotional, and marketing resources.
After you've registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the subject line "HANDS in Autism [Name of Training & Session]" to the email provided. If this email does not come to your inbox right away, keep a look out as it will most likely arrive within 5-6 weeks to the first day of the training/program. In this email you'll find the Media Consent Form and instructions to complete it, as well as details about how we manage your information in the Media Consent Form. If you still did not receive the email within 5-6 weeks of your program start date or if you have further questions about completing the form, contact us.

2. Complete a Background Questionnaire

These questionnaires vary in length (approximately 5 to 20 minutes per questionnaire) and cover a range of topics, including your interest areas, skills, and goals for the future.
For us to get to know you better and to personalize the services that you will receive, we ask that you complete these series of questionnaires.
After you've registered, you will receive an email with pre-training questionnaires to the email provided. If this email does not come to your inbox right away, keep a look out as it will most likely arrive within 5-6 weeks to the first day of the training/program. In this email you'll find the Background Questionnaire with instructions to complete it. If you still did not receive the email within 5-6 weeks of your program start date or if you have further questions about completing the questionnaire, contact us.

3. Set up an IU Guest Account via Canvas

Canvas is a learning management system that we routinely use in our services and it is how you will access all modules, announcements, trainings, etc.
  • Set up your account here.
  • Find detailed instructions on how to set up and access courses in your IU Canvas account here.

For additional resources and troubleshooting, visit our Access & Support page and scroll down to “Canvas” under “List of Common Services/Platforms”

4. Download & Install Zoom

Zoom is an online conferencing platform that we use during meetings, trainings and services to host discussions, presentations, and provide modeling of techniques.
  • The process of signing up for Zoom is very simple (and the basic plan is free). Just go to zoom.us/signup.
  • Find HANDS in Autism's Zoom user guide here.
 

For additional resources and troubleshooting, visit our Access & Support page and scroll down to “Zoom” under “List of Common Services/Platforms”