Fall virtual programs for the autism community

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Autism Families CONNECTicut, (AFC), is launching revamped virtual programs for those ages 3 to young adult on the autism spectrum. Like in-person programming, participants will be able to explore creativitythrough fun activities where they can interact with peers and express themselves freely via virtual platforms, such as Zoom and the Houseparty App.

Although AFC’s doors closed on March 13 to comply with COVID-19 directives, it has remained committed to providing programming for the autism community. Now more than ever, it is crucial to have access to social and recreational activities to help reduce pandemic-related isolation and anxiety within this vulnerable population. AFC is extremely fortunate to be able to continue providing weekly virtual programsfree of charge.

Playing on the Spectrum: AFC’s signature program, now offered Saturday mornings virtually via Zoom, engages children in an interactive play-based format that provides fun movement activities such as yoga, basic sports skills, music and physical fitness.

Building on the Spectrum: Individuals of all ages will be encouraged to share their creativity, practice problem-solving skills, and make social connections with peers using LEGO and other building mediums.

Teen Nights: This music- and movement-based program gives teens loads of opportunities to socialize, establish and maintain virtual social connections, and have fun while participating in themed activities such as music, dancing, and trivia—just to name a few.

Young Adult Hangouts: This is “the place to be” for young adults on the autism spectrum who are looking for some fun, games and good laughs. Hangouts are a fun social evening that includes conversation, social activities and games with friends.

For more information, visit autismfamiliesct.org For questions, contact Maria Mascoli, AFC’s executive director, at maria@autismfamiliesct.org