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DISCOVER is a group for autistic adults looking to participate in discussions and expand understanding of society's unwritten rules.  This curriculum based social skills course designed to support adults on the autism spectrum (DSM Level 2 to Level 1).

Each session will be approximately 90 minutes total.  Sessions will begin at a basic skill level for the first half and then expand on that topic in more detail. The facilitators of DISCOVER provide individuals with evidence-based tools for building friendships and relationships. The facilitator for this group is an autistic adult and the group provides a safe environment and encourages individuals to discuss experiences with like-minded peers.

18-21 year olds should explore both Discover and Thrive groups and select the most appropriate one. Reach out to support@autismtn.org to learn more about each group. 

Click here to register for DISCOVER

Click here to join our Discover Facebook Group. 
Adult Programs do not require membership

Upcoming Events: 

More about the group facilitator...

Dave Griffin, M. Ed.

Dave holds multiple positions within the community in education and disability advocacy. He thrives in learning environments and excels in his position as Teen & Adult Programs Coordinator. He is a self-advocate and a sought after public speaker in the autism community for sharing his story. He is the coordinator for People First at The Arc of Tennessee.  Dave received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, Masters Degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt University.

Kathleen Ferrelli, MS, CCC-SLP

Kathleen has a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Georgia Southern University. Kathleen has spent the last two years as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Williamson County Schools and at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center. In addition to her role at AutismTN on the HELPline, she currently works at a private practice in Cookeville, TN. She connected with Autism Tennessee in the fall of 2019 as a facilitator for the Autism Tennessee Connect Group. 

Sources Used:

The Science of Making Friends

Elizabeth A. Laugenson

ISBN:  978-1-118-12721-6

The Peers Curriculum for School-Based Professionals
Elizabeth A. Laugenson
ISBN: 978-0-415-62696-5

2022 Course Schedule
You do not need to attend all sessions to participate in this group

January 28th 
Finding and Choosing Friends - Social memories, social spy

February 25th 
Good Conversations  - Social Spy

March 25th 
Starting and Entering Conversations/ Appropriate Use of Humor -Communication-Nonverbal/Verbal Language

April 22nd 
Exiting Conversations - Flexible Thinking

May 27th 
Handling Verbal Teasing

June 24th
Dealing with Arguments

July 28th
Handling Conflict at Work - Perspective taking

August 26th
Electronic Communication and Cyber Bullying

September 30th
Minimizing Rumor and Gossip-Social Fake

October 27th

November 17th
Autism Education - Self Advocacy

December 22nd
Enjoying a Successful Get Together

(615) 270-2077
PO Box 60345
Nashville, TN 37206

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Autism Tennessee, legal name ASMT, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. This statement is not intended to be tax advice.
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