Wed, Aug 03

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176 S Chester St, Gastonia, NC 28052, USA

Friendship and Dating Relationships Workshop

Join us on Wednesday evenings in August from 6–8 pm in Gastonia for a group designed specifically for teens (ages 16+) and adults with I/DD to learn about friendship and dating relationships. ($15 covers all 5 weeks; register for Aug. 3rd class only)

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Friendship and Dating Relationships Workshop

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Aug 03, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

176 S Chester St, Gastonia, NC 28052, USA

About the Event

Special Needs Community Initiative will be hosting Michele Mattox of No Limits Counseling again this August. Join us on Wednesday evenings from 6- 8pm in Gastonia for a group designed specifically for teens (ages 16+) and adults with I/DD to learn about friendship and dating relationships. We will focus on developing healthy relationships, skills to maintain these relationships, and safety concerns that often impact the disability community. This group will be interactive, visual aids and videos will be used to reinforce the lessons, with plenty of time to socialize and develop new relationships. The 5 weeks will culminate in a fun outing so participants can practice what they learned in a real life setting.

  • Week 1 (August 3): Review boundaries in the friendship circle – qualities of a good friend; meeting new friends and how friendships develope; social skills to initiate, promote, and maintain friendships.
  • Week 2 (August 10): Friendship skills – conflict resolution; apologizing; using the right tone to communicate; how to show you care; how to give your friends space; how to safely connect with friends on the internet; how to communicate with friends via text, call, messenger; what is too much.
  • Week 3 (August 17): When friendship becomes something more – Having a crush;  one way and two way crushes; what if they don’t fee