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Dear Friends, 

Term 2 is now underway for many of our Autistic young people. From personal experience and what we’ve witnessed with so many of our mentees, Term 2 is often a particularly tough term to navigate.

"At school, I pretended to be a graceful swan on the surface but I was paddling madly beneath the surface. It meant a lot to me when people understood the sheer work I was putting into surviving a school day."

My mum and I discuss this in our 2020 webinar, Navigating High School: Advice for Parents of Autistic Young People and accompanying tip sheet.

At I CAN Network, we continue to prioritise the mental wellbeing of Autistic young people in all that we do. Our mentors know what it’s like to be that Autistic young person who is working so hard to navigate school and home life, which is why we are passionate about expanding our mentoring programs (online & in schools) and sharing Autistic insights from our team and beyond.

This newsletter includes: 

  • Details on our May cycle of Autistic-led online group mentoring
  • Infographics for our school-based mentoring programs and information on how you can bring I CAN to your/your young person’s school.
  • Tip sheets on supporting (i) meltdowns, shutdown & Autistic burnout and (ii) students who struggle with executive functioning.
MAY ONLINE MENTORING CYCLE 
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW OPEN 

Our Autistic-led online mentoring groups offer safe, supportive spaces where Autistic young people can connect with our I CAN Mentors and peers to share interests and common experiences.

Our online program is open to Autistic young people ages 9-20 across Australia and New Zealand.

Cycles of 6 weekly sessions run throughout the year. Our next cycle starts Monday 24th May.

In addition to our age-related groups and interest-based groups dedicated to Anime, Minecraft, Animals, and ‘Screens, Tunes & Characters’, we also run groups for Autistic/ LGBTIQA+ teens.

For more information or to submit an expression of interest, please click here or email us at online@icannetwork.com.au if you have any further questions.

 
GO TO ONLINE
IMPACT OF OUR I CAN SCHOOLS PROGRAM 

I CAN School® mentoring directly empowers students with optimism, belonging,
self-acceptance, pride and confidence. We can see the impact of our programs not only through the growth we witness in our mentees and their positive testimonies but from quantitative measures as well.

We offer face-to-face programs in both primary and high schools in four regions: Greater Melbourne, Goulburn Murray - VIC (Sheppaton to Echuca) and South West - VIC (Colac to Portland) and Queensland (Brisbane, South East Queensland & North Coast Queensland) as well as online nationally.

Our program for high school students is Autistic-centric, whereas our primary school program, ‘I CAN Imagination Club®’ focuses more broadly on students who have learning differences and/or experience social anxiety.


To learn more about our school-based programs, including downloadable brochures and guidance to bring I CAN to your young person’s school, please click here.

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TIP SHEETS TO SUPPORT MENTAL WELLBEING 

We are proud to re-share some of our recent tip sheets to support the mental wellbeing of Autistic young people, created by Autistic members of our team. Each set includes guidance for their younger Autistic peers as well as specific advice aimed at adults (parents/carers/teaching staff) who support Autistic young people. Click on each tip sheet to view or download (pdf's) 

Thank you to the Department of Education and Training Victoria (DET) for sponsoring the creation of these materials. Black and white versions are also available on our resources website page.

GO TO RESOURCES

We are here for our young people and appreciate just how hard they work to get through the day. It makes a big difference when you ‘get’ what an Autistic young person is going through, so thanks to all of our supporters who continue to seek those vantage points.

As always, we welcome your feedback on our services. You can use the button below to share your thoughts.

Chris Varney, on behalf of the I CAN Team. 

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