|Is this what my therapy group will look like?|
Also, I found this Life Skills group offered by a behavioral health center. This is what the description of the group says on the flier:
This group provides education and support to adults dealing with a myriad of daily life stressors. Topics include: setting short and long-term goals, increasing motivation, maintaining organization at home, work, and school, as well as applying social problem solving skills. This group is ideal for adults dealing with life transitions, social challenges, developmental delays (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorders), and those simply wishing to lead a more enriched life. Through self-reflection and interactive discussion, participants learn to identify and break unhealthy behavior patterns, successfully navigate social challenges, and gain the courage necessary to lead more productive lives.Doesn't that sound like it would be perfect for me?
So I went to the evaluation today and talked to the doctor who runs the group, and right away she said she thought I would be a great fit for the group. But she also mentioned that the other members of the group are younger than me. I don't know how much younger... 18 or 28? There is a big difference! Even though I am young for my age (oxymoron, I know!) it might be hard to relate to some just-out-of-highschoolers.
I don't know how to explain this, but I also got the feeling that they might not be as "high functioning" as me.
A few years ago, I used to go to this drop-in group for people with mental health issues. I liked it a lot because we got to go on outings and do activities and arts and crafts and stuff. I eat that stuff up. But a lot of the people there had way more severe mental health issues than I did... to the point where they were living in group homes and stuff. When I first started going there I thought they had intellectual disabilities, but one of the people who ran that group said most were of average or above intelligence. I really loved that group, and I met some nice people and had some fun times. If I lived closer I would still be going there every week. But I don't think being there helped me move forward. It was a really fun and relaxing place and I loved it. But I was one of the very few who lived independently, had a job, drove a car, etc. I don't know how to explain this without feeling like I'm insulting some people, but what I mean is, it wasn't great practice for being out in the real world. The social skills they were trying to teach us there were more like, "Joe told you he likes spaghetti. Now you could tell him your favorite food!"
So I'm not sure if this new group will be like that. I guess I will have to wait to find out. It starts next week!
Thanks for the get well soon wishes, by the way. My nose is still pretty stuffy, but I did work today. I was scheduled to work tomorrow as a Special Ed Resource sub, but that got cancelled and the person who scheduled subs independently and without warning scheduled me to sub for a first grade bilingual class. Not sure I would have taken that job if given the choice. But I wasn't given the choice... so I guess I'm up for the challenge!