Classes are 45 to 50 minutes once a week for 8 weeks, 4:00-4:50.
Classes taught by teacher/ literacy expert, Keena Melville, M.A. and/or MFT/drama therapist, Liz McDonough, who have decades of combined experience working with autism and other neuro-differences.
Inner Girl Power is a class that empowers all girls by teaching them a new way of seeing and valuing themselves from the inside out. Through learning about inspiring young women (e.g. Amanda Gorman, Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai) girls will be not only be exposed to a diverse range of gifts, strengths and social-emotional capacities, but will try them on for size through experiential learning. This class is for neurodivergent tween and teen girls (12-16) and neurotypical allies. Beginning October 13th, 2021
Emotional Regulation and Executive Functioning can be challenging for differently wired tweens and teens. In this lively class, students will learn about the miraculous power of their frontal lobes to plan, solve problems, temper big feelings and control impulses. With the help of animal tour guides as well engaging visuals and drama games, students will practice putting their frontal lobes into action.
Tuesdays at 4pm starting Sept 14th
Beginnning September 14th, 2021 (Ages 13-17)
Imagine a class where your tween or teen could learn to read social cues, cooperate with peers, increase cognitive flexibility, reduce anxiety, improve social reciprocity, AND actually enjoy themselves? Look no further than Dandelion Drama! Informed by current research and 16 years of autism drama experience, students will discover new aspects of themselves and create lasting connections.
Fridays 4:00-4:50 Starts September 10th, 2021
The Boxcar Children and their faithful dog are learning independence all while on a good, old-fashioned adventure. Their empowerment stems from mastery of daily living skills such as cooking, cleaning, working and building. This beloved story has been tailored to the autistic mind and enlivened by Keena and Liz, with multicultural characters, sensory elements and chapter theme songs. A color-coded script format allows students to act out the narrative and participate in a clear-cut conversation with errorless learning. Students come away with not only a love of reading but a sense of ownership in bringing the story to life. Thursdays at 4pm starting Oct 7th
Who doesn't love a good mystery? With detective hats in tow, students will travel the virtual globe to uncover clues and solve mysteries. This play-based group will introduce different cultures as it targets executive functioning, critical thinking, and perspective-taking. Finally, it will introduce concepts of managing frustration and building resilience in the face of challenges.
New Series Starting November
Keena and Liz are committed to bringing autism education around the world. One aspect of this mission is laying the groundwork for our students to become neuro-ambassadors. Creating a virtual space where students of different neuro-types and cultures can play, learn and make lasting connections is the long-term vision. We were serious when we said we wanted to give our students the world! This program is inspired by Dr. Pamela Wolfberg's Integrated Play Group Model (R)
We serve children and teens on the spectrum and other neurological differences, with moderate and high verbal capacity, ages 11-18. Please contact us to see if Dandelion Clubhouse would be a good fit for your child. We do have some scholarships available to families who need them.
6 Wednesdays 4:00-4:50 PST
beginning October 13th, 2021
8 Fridays 4:00-4:50 PST
beginning September 10th, 2021
8 Tuesdays 4:00-4:50 PST
Starting Sept 14th 2021
8 Thursdays 4:00-4:50 PST
Starting October 7th, 2021
8 Thursdays 4:00-4:50 PST
New Series Starting in November
Check out our snippet of Global Mystery Adventures!