ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
So, you have successfully started a support group and it seems to be going well. As members come and go, keeping your group running smoothly can be a challenge. This resource provides suggestions that you may want to consider to avoid potential problems for the support group in the future.
Ask for feedback from the members, observe the group, or make a survey tool to get opinions from others.
Here are some common needs and issues of parents of children with autism and/or adults with ASD:
Here are some common group challenges:
It may be helpful to have an action plan for these issues just in case they become a challenge in the future.
Burnout is common and preventable in support group leaders. Some signs of burnout are:
What to do if you are going through burnout
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.