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Scott Center offers program for those with Asperger's Syndrome
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Posted: 2013 Jan 18 - 06:27

Program designed to boost communication, social habits

By Chris Fish


BREVARD -- To help young adults with Asperger's Syndrome develop better communication and socialization habits, the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Institute of Technology will be hosting a program for the remainder of the school year.

"Let's Get Social! Take 2" will occur every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m and is for anyone in the community, ages 18 to 28, with Asperger's Syndrome or other social communication challenges, organizers said.

For the second year in a row, the free program will offer support in dealing with social challenges at college or work and with other relationships, organizers said.

"It's a real positive kind of group," said Colleen Middlebrooks, director of community relations for the Scott Center for Autism Treatment. "Once you hit 18 years old, there are very few things to go to (if you have Asperger's Syndrome). It's a great thing that they want to work on their social skills because, as children become adults, they realize they are lacking in those skills."

Ms. Middlebrooks said the event puts those who attend in social situations they may not be the most familiar with and gives them pointers and positive feedback on the best way to interact.

The event also provides discussions on how to best manage stress, how to take other's perspectives, relationship issues and more, organizers said.

The weekly event takes place in the center's second-floor seminar room and is lead by clinical psychology students Alyssa Garofalo and Stephanie Field.

For more information, or to be added to the list to join the weekly services, contact Jamie Nezol at (321) 674-8106.

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