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29 Jul 2018, 11:57 am

I went to a group meeting for adults with HFA the other day. I had never been to one before. I have to say, I was pretty terrified before I went in. It's one thing posting on this forum, but I can never tell if people secretly don't want me around when they get "stuck" with me in real life. I worry about that a lot actually, all the time. It was really nice though. We went around in a circle and introduced ourselves. Some people went on long tangents, but no one seemed to mind. It felt assuring, and judgement free. There was a lot made over my education level, mostly positive. Some people stimmed, which made me feel comfortable, like I didn't feel like I didn't have to hide these parts of myself like I've learned to do over the years. Still, I wasn't quite comfortable enough to behave like I do when I'm at home, so I mostly sat still. I made a couple jokes that were well received. I met other people in similar lines of work as me. We watched a movie and talked about it afterwards. We had nice snacks. Everyone else had dietary restrictions, just like me, so there were many well-labeled options available. In the end, a bunch of people welcomed me, and one person even gave me a big hug at the end.

I liked this group of people. I think I'll go back. It's too bad it's only once a month though.


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29 Jul 2018, 2:06 pm

I like support groups too. For me is interesting observe, how everyone is different. Some could be described as my opposite.
Fortunately, nobody hugs me there


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29 Jul 2018, 9:09 pm

I wish there was a group like that in the place that I live, but there isn't.


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31 Jul 2018, 9:30 am

CockneyRebel wrote:
I wish there was a group like that in the place that I live, but there isn't.


You could start one.


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31 Jul 2018, 10:03 am

Fern wrote:
CockneyRebel wrote:
I wish there was a group like that in the place that I live, but there isn't.


You could start one.
I think it would take a lot of organising.

I don't think I would be able to organise something like that where I am.



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31 Jul 2018, 6:59 pm

You can keep it simple. You can even just put an add in like craigslist or meetup or something and just meet in a park outside and everyone can bring their own snacks. And whomever comes just introduce yourselves and maybe bring a list of topics that could be conversation starters. You can even use some ideas from threads from here. It does not have to be a big complicated thing.


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01 Aug 2018, 12:51 am

skibum wrote:
You can keep it simple. You can even just put an add in like craigslist or meetup or something and just meet in a park outside and everyone can bring their own snacks. And whomever comes just introduce yourselves and maybe bring a list of topics that could be conversation starters. You can even use some ideas from threads from here. It does not have to be a big complicated thing.


Good ideas!


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