Hope u are all well and life is treating you well.
I am thinking of joining a social group for adults with autism
Does anyone know any groups to join or recommend any in the west Midlands?
Every now and then someone will form a group, but they are difficult to keep up with. I think there is a big step to climb to get a group successfully off the ground.
There is a group in Telford, which may be a bit far if you are referring to the West Midlands Conurbation. You may find Autism Links useful in finding social groups, but many are for parents of children. Support in any way for adults is difficult to find anywhere.
Apart from that there may be a Facebook group to subscribe to. Not the same thing I know, but it may provide you with a bit of a social connection.
Hi Becky,I've been looking around for groups in the West Mids too. The only one that I've found so far are called Adults With Autism - West Midlands and are part of the Meetup app https://www.meetup.com/ They meet around once a month usually in Birmingham but occasionally other places. I'm a little way out of Birmingham myself but I've attended once and they were a nice bunch, there were only about 6 or 7 of us on that particular occasion.Other than that if you hear of any others I'd be interested in hearing about them too.Good luck!
Maybe try contacting these guys to see if they run or know of any support groups:
They do a few groups, mainly post-diagnosis, and about explaining things concerning understanding your condition, also helping family understand it too from my experience.
They also do a thing called Aspire, which is very helpful for people trying to get into employment, arranging adjustments, or explaining your condition to employers, and other people who may not understand how your condition affects you.
I'm not too familiar with the social group stuff. It's a great resource though. Met some good people there. It's an amazing service as far as my experience with them. They really helped me understand the sensory side of things. They have also helped me with my problems with mental heath services, and a few other issues.
I'd say from my whole experience since diagnosis, AWM have helped me understand more than anyone, how my condition affects me. I'd have had a much harder time without the help of a few people there. The "NT's" there are good people, and so are the autistic people I've been in contact with.
It's worth getting in touch with them post-diagnosis. It has all been a very positive experience for me.
That sounds like a very good review
Lol, well I'm fair! Good people there!
People tend to only give bad reviews. I've also given some glowing ones on TrustPilot, TripAdvisor, and the like, lol.
All jokes aside though, they really helped me post-diagnosis, and still do.
I went in there after a breakdown, just having a diagnosis, and my sensory problems led me to think some really bad tgings about my sanity over the years. I thought I was going mad for years, after a few months I was a lot more at ease with the things that had driven me to the edge. They gave me a lot of insight, and help.
I would also give a glowing report for them. I have two sessions a month through Access to Work and their help a has kept me my job, I am certain of that.
It's really good that there's such a supportive resource there for people and that they helped you after your breakdown. I think undiagnosed ASD can make you think you're going mad! I've had episodes of my life here I've been convinced that other people can hear my thoughts; where I've been absolutely convinced that people know what I'm thinking without me telling them, those episodes made me worried I was starting to have a psychotic episode. But, no. As it transpires I just have ASD. Do you still attend AWM support groups?
Yeah, I'd just had my breakdown, and my diagnosis was concurrent. I still suffer anxiety.
Kitsun said:I think undiagnosed ASD can make you think you're going mad! I've had episodes of my life here I've been convinced that other people can hear my thoughts; where I've been absolutely convinced that people know what I'm thinking without me telling them, those episodes made me worried I was starting to have a psychotic episode.
Lol, yeah, I see moving patterns on furniture, heat is painful, and LOTS of other things. They put me straight pretty quickly, thankfully! I have a very, very, good eye for observation, so good that it breaks my mind. Sensory Agnosia apparently. Well maybe that isn't good! They explained information overload to me too, which was a problem that made tne Agnosia happen. Now I know I'm not having blackouts!
I don't attend support groups anymore, I've been paired up with someone who was diagnosed late, but has had 10 years to deal with it. My worker had spoken about me to her, and she wanted to meet me. Our experiences leading up to diagnosis, and our lives before were pretty similar. She's showing me the ropes. I like the way she explains things, it's funny sometimes. "Energy vampires", and "situational black holes", are some of the analogys she's come up with!
It sounds like they've got a really good team there. I've been starting to wonder the last few days if I should ask my local Autism centre if there is any help available for me. I've got the sort of personality where I just ant to be able to cope with everything all the time, I don't like admitting that I need help but I think it might be helpful to have some sort of counselling or something to help me while I'm going through the post diagnosis adjustment process.