Teen Groups

Other ways teens can connect with me.

Who this is for:

Autistic teens who want the lower stakes of a group setting, lower costs to parents, and the fun of trying something with autistic peers.

What it’ll do:

Social time with other autistic teens, knowing your not the only one, interaction with an autistic adult and the chance to ask questions, around a variety of topics.

What’s available:

Sensory exploration, anti-anxiety, social groups, book clubs, mindfulness, etc.

Need to know:

I offer these groups and classes through an education platform called Outschool. The link below will take you to that site.

Sign up through any of these links to get $20 USD credit towards your first Outschool class.

Top Classes

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Explore Your Sensory Differences in Action

Our sensory experiences impact our mood, focus, and comfort, but how do you know which sensory input is hurting and which is helping? Explore how daily experiences affect you. For teens with sensory differences, autism, HSPs, SPD, and more.

Meets Online
Once per week, 
for 9 weeks
45 minutes per class
5-8 learners per class
$160

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Anti-Anxiety Practices for Neurodiverse Teens

Anxiety can feel like a big bad bully, but what if it weren’t so bossy all the time? Learn ways to reduce anxiety in everyday situations. For Autistic (ASD), ADHD, OCD, Highly Sensitive (HSP), Sensory (SPD), and other neurowonderful teens.

Meets Online
Once per week, 
for 3 weeks
55 minutes per class
3-8 learners per class
$54

A message with 5 stars at the top, the date "Aug 14, 2022" underneath the stars and the words "Excellence class, very comprehensive in exploring sensory and how to apply to ones own understanding of personal sensory differences. Highly recommend." beneath both. It is signed "Michelle M."
A message with 5 stars at the top, the date "May 6, 2022" underneath the stars and the words "Heather Cook really cares about her students and it's a serious plus that she is neurodivergent. For us, it was the right course at the wrong time. We had to miss several classes. I hope to more thoroughly go through the questionnaires for each sense over time. It helps us to understand our son better and, hopefully, will help him be a more effective self-advocate. In addition, Heather is great at problem-solving solutions and workarounds for sensory issues. I would like to repeat the course." beneath both. It is signed "Jen G."
A message with 5 stars at the top, the date "Jul 28, 2022" underneath the stars and the words "My son was able to practice working through some of the things that make him anxious in a low pressure, low stress, environment. I especially appreciated how responsive the teacher was and how she reached out asking for feedback about what was going well and what suggestions we had. My son came away with practical tools and a sense of not being alone in his experience. We are already signed up for another of Heather's classes." beneath both. It is signed "Corey"

Social Groups

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Autistic Social Time for Girls and Nonbinary Teens

Teen girls and nonbinary individuals on the autism spectrum get to socialize with other autistic girls and nonbinary individuals, talk about things we like, and ask an autistic woman about social situations, life with autism, and more.

Meets Online
Once per week
, ongoing
60 minutes per meeting
3-8 learners per meeting
$15 per week

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Autistic Social Time for Teens

Teens on the autism spectrum get to socialize with other autistic teens, talk about things we like, and ask an autistic woman about social situations, life with autism, sensory needs, and more.

Meets Online
Once per week, ongoing

60 minutes per meeting
3-8 learners per meeting
$15 per week

A message. At the top, there's the words "Anna H. on Aug 16 about Autistic Social Support for Kids--Ask Me Anything", with 5 stars underneath. Beneath both writes "Heather is really good at trying to get kids engaged in conversation even with my daughter, who doesn't really like to talk as much but it's nice that she can just listen to the social conversations that goes on in a session. I like that the conversations vary from week to week depending on the mix of kids and that is nice for my daughter to see and engage in different types of conversations, not just what she is used to. Heather would ask the kids questions and try to engage the kids if they want to be engaged. Would recommend for the social experience and conversations. =)".

Neurodiversity Book Clubs

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Fish in a Tree

A book club for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette, OCD, anxiety, and other neurowonderful ways of being in the world, and the neurotypicals who support us. This is for the book “Fish in a Tree.”

Fish in a Tree is about a girl who hides her inability to read, and some of the difficult, awkward, and frustrating situations that creates. Everything changes when she gets a new teacher and opens up to two potential friends.

Meets Online
Meets once

60 minutes
3-8 learners
$15

A book group for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette, OCD, anxiety, and other neurowonderful ways of being in the world, and our allies. This is for the book “Planet Earth is Blue.”

It’s about a non-speaking autistic girl named Nova who loves space and loves her sister, but they’ve lived in foster homes for years and were just split up. Nova is with a new family now, and they seem nice, but is there room for her sister there too? And will they find each other in time for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger?

Meets Online
Meets once

60 minutes
3-8 learners
$15

A message. At the top, there's the words "Margaret C. on Aug 16 about Neurodiversity Book Club (August) -- Fish in a Tree", with 5 stars underneath. Beneath both writes "My children love this book club. It's nice to feel free to be themselves and to read books that reflect some of their experiences. We're reading as a family and now they have Grandma enjoying the books too! Thank you so much."
A message. At the top, there's the words "Michelle M. on Jul 5 about Neurodiversity Book Club (July) -- Real", with 5 stars underneath. Beneath both writes "The book was excellent and my student really enjoyed the discussion. This was the second book club they participated in and looking forward to the next one!"
A review with 5 stars at the top, the date "Feb 8, 2022" underneath the stars and the words "This is a wonderful book club experience for neurowonderful kids! My children have enjoyed every class and benefit from the experience of relatable characters in the books. Having the opportunity to discuss this with people who understand them makes it even more meaningful. Representation in literature is essential. Thank you for providing this opportunity." beneath both. It is signed "Margaret C." and has the words "Neurodiversity Book Club (February) -- The Easy Part of Impossible" at the bottom.

Other Classes

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Mindfulness for Autistic Teens

Short mindfulness and body awareness activities for teens on the autism spectrum and led by an autistic woman.

Meets Online
Once per week
, ongoing
30 minutes per meeting
3-8 learners per meeting
$10 per week

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What Are Sensory Differences?

A brief intro to sensory processing differences, what that means, what our many senses do for us (there’s more than just the top five), a bit about how our senses work, and tips to explain sensory differences to others.

Meets Online
Meets once

45 minutes
3-8 learners
$18

A message. At the top, there's the words "Astrid S. on Sep 13 about Mindfulness for Autistic Teens", with 5 stars underneath. Beneath both writes "My daughter really enjoys the safe space that this class offers; and the kind, caring teacher. I don't have to remind my teenager about this class, which says a lot! Thank you so much!".
A message. At the top, there's the words "Ms. M. on Aug 12 about Mindfulness for Autistic Teens", with 5 stars underneath. Beneath both writes "My son loves this class he said it was lots of fun".
A message with 5 stars at the top, the date "May 4, 2022" underneath the stars and the words "My fifteen-year-old loved this class. He had an incredibly inclusive and validating experience and learned so much about himself. I would highly recommend this course, and we will be looking for other courses by Heather" beneath both. It is signed "Lisa D."