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The ND Room

This group is part of the A.C.C.E.P.T. Program™
suite of groups for neurodivergent youth and adults that promotes understanding, connection and critical consciousness.

Reserve a spot now for the next group beginning January 26th, 2023!

Ideal for individuals in grades 7 to 12 who: 

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identify as neurodivergent or have traits associated with AD(H)D, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tic disorders and/or other form(s) of neurodivergence (formal diagnosis not required)

Seeking to:

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Express and communicate experiences, thoughts, feelings and ideas

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Make connections with other neurodivergent tweens and teens

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Explore their own identity and interests in-depth

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Receive and/or offer peer support within a safe and respectful group setting

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The ND Room is a weekly, 10-session, virtual, activity-based, peer support group for neurodivergent-identifying youth of all genders, in grades 7 to 12. Sessions are 120 minutes per week. The group will be exploring and discussing weekly topics surrounding identity and self-acceptance. Weekly topics of discussion include gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, masking, relationships, self-advocacy and more.

Group Co-Facilitators:

“My wish is that neurodivergent-identifying individuals, like myself, have access to more safe spaces where they feel their identity is affirmed, gain access to support without a formal diagnosis and further develop self-understanding. I am an experienced group facilitator and peer mentor who works primarily to support and advocate for the neurodivergent and 2SLGBTQ+ community with a background in providing individual, interpersonal and employment-related support. Aside from being in the process of completing my BSW, I hold a degree in Illustration. I use every opportunity to integrate art into my practice to promote different modes of self-expression and communication.”

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Sarah Smith (she/her)

BSW Placement Student, York University
Peer Support Worker and Group Facilitator

“I am a MSc student in the University of Toronto’s Department of Anthropology, and a late-diagnosed autistic woman. In my graduate research project, I am investigating how adult-diagnosed autistic women, acting as members of a broader community of adult autistic women, develop their own understanding of their condition in conversation with clinical descriptions. I am a volunteer moderator for Scattergram’s CNDAT Facebook Group. My special interest is parrots.”

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Sofia Champion (she/her)

BA, MA (in progress)
Group Facilitator

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Weekly Themes

 

Week 1: IDENTITY What is neurodiversity to you? Who are you right now? What are the labels and language you identify with? 

Week 2: SELF-EXPRESSION How do you express your gender? How do you see yourself? What is a unique aspect of who you are? What are your interests?

Week 3: UNDERSTANDING What is your sexuality and how do you identify? What are your needs and boundaries within your personal relationships? What makes you comfortable and uncomfortable in social situations?

Week 4: INTERESTS What is a unique aspect of who you are? What are your interests? What are you passionate about?

Week 5: SOCIAL PERCEPTION How do others see you? What is masking to you? How does masking affect you?

Week 6: COMMUNITY What are your experiences in your daily life (at school, with family and friends, etc)? Who do you relate to? How do you see yourself represented in the world and in media?

Week 7: SELF-ADVOCACY + SUPPORT How do you advocate for yourself? How could you better advocate for yourself? Who or what supports you? How do you self-regulate? (poll for the following week)

Week 8: Open Topic 

Week 9: Open Topic

Week 10: CONNECT Share, discuss and reflect on the group activities, touching upon each topic. Then the facilitators will receive group feedback.

Weekly Structure

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1. Check-in + Group activity (45 mins)

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2. Break (10 mins)

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3. Group discussion + Break-out rooms (40 mins)

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4. Break (10 mins)

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5. Close group: final thoughts + feedback (15 mins)

How to Join

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

By January 26, 2023

Format: Virtual via Zoom

Weekly on Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 pm EST

Dates: January 26 – March 30, 2023

Costs: $25/session for 10 sessions [$250] or $20/session [$200] if paid in full by January 26th

If art activities are undertaken, materials are not included in the cost, as participants are expected to bring their own.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

By January 26, 2023

Format: Virtual via Zoom

Weekly on Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 pm EST

Dates: January 26 – March 30, 2023

Costs: $25/session for 10 sessions [$250] or $20/session [$200] if paid in full by January 26th

If art activities are undertaken, materials are not included in the cost, as participants are expected to bring their own.

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