About us

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The Asperger Autism Parent Group of Goshen 
is an Indiana support group for parents of children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum. It first began in August 2006. We aim to support families by sharing practical information and resources, along with our insights, struggles, laughter and tears.
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In January 2010 we affiliated with Autism Society of Indiana. We follow the Options Policy of ASI and Autism Society of America, which means we try to provide information in an equal, non-judgmental way to anyone who needs it, regardless of our own personal opinions or experiences with the treatment, intervention, or service. Each family and individual with autism should have the right to learn about and then select, the options that they feel are most appropriate for the individual.

For a brochure about the group, click the link at the bottom of this page.

Photo Gallery. Photos submitted by a few of our families.

The group focuses on positive strategies that will benefit young people on the spectrum.  Typically our family members qualify for a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, autism, or PDD-NOS, although not all have been formally diagnosed. All parents are welcome, regardless of where your child falls on the spectrum. Along with parents, other interested adults are welcome, including grandparents, educators, adults on the spectrum and their spouses.

For many years, monthly educational meetings usually included a speaker who is an expert on a topic of particular interest to parents of those on the spectrum. Some popular topics have been communication, developing an Individual Education Plan (IEP), sensory processing difficulties and responding to challenging behaviors. Check out the changes in meeting format.

A private Facebook group allows sharing of stories, resources, accomplishments and setbacks. Click the link in the left column and ask to join the group. 

Leadership

An Advisory Group oversees the activities of the support group. It began meeting in April 2012. Advisory Group members are listed on the Contact Us page. Kaylene Ediger and Christine Guth organized the first support group meeting in August of 2006. 

Lending library

The group has a lending library of books, magazines, and videos on Asperger and autism. Funds for initial purchases were donated in memory of Zachariah Gann, who was a student at Whitko High School in South Whitley and attended the North Webster Church of God at the time of his death in March, 2008. Additional purchases have been possible through the generosity of Goshen Health System's Community Benefit Fund.

Volunteers maintain our library and contribute in many other ways. To see what we have in our library, visit our Library page

For a brochure about our group, click the link below.