Frequently Asked Questions

CLUB QUESTIONS

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS

LOGISTICS QUESTIONS

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CLUB QUESTIONS

What is GIRLS CLUB?

Why form a GIRLS CLUB?

Who is GIRLS CLUB for?

Is GIRLS CLUB therapy?

What is GIRLS CLUB?
GIRLS CLUB is a club for girls with autism and neuro-developmental differences. It has been compared to Brownies or Girl Guides for special needs girls, but there are differences. We don’t have ‘badges’ to collect (though maybe one day we will want to), and we don’t collect dues. Otherwise, there are similarities: we also meet, have fun, and form positive friendships. We happily accept the comparison!  

 Why form a GIRLS CLUB?
Autism is over 4x more commonly diagnosed in boys than girls. This means autistic girls have fewer opportunities to connect and form friendships with other autistic girls.

Expanding beyond autism to neuro-diverse girls, special needs / other disabilities reflects the inclusive nature of GIRLS CLUB (and our Lower Mainland location sponsor the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub).

* * * We formed GIRLS CLUB to give our girls a chance and a place to be themselves and connect with others who share their experience in the world. * * *

Who is GIRLS CLUB for?
GIRLS CLUB is an inclusive group, open to:
 -     Girls with neuro-developmental differences (autism, other)
 -     Girls of any “ability”, independence, or level of “functioning”
         -- the only labels at GIRLS CLUB are the name tags
 -      Girls of all ages
 -      Parents or caregivers (a responsible adult must be present at events)

 Is GIRLS CLUB therapy?
Nope. GIRLS CLUB is about fun, friendship, and frivolity. If you find those things therapeutic: great!
The purpose of GIRLS CLUB is not ‘social competence’ or ‘peer-to-peer play’ – though, certainly, those are great goals and may spontaneously happen.  * * * The purpose of GIRLS CLUB is to give our girls a chance to be themselves, and to see themselves in others.  It is an opportunity to form meaningful connections with girls who feel like them, are like-minded, and share a similar experience of the world. It's a place to feel like you BELONG, and are not "other." * * * 

 

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS

How does my daughter / how do I become a member?

What do you mean by “big sister / little sister”?

My daughter is __ years old, can she join GIRLS CLUB?

I am __ years old, can I join GIRLS CLUB?

Why are there no age limits to GIRLS CLUB?

Why can’t I drop my daughter off?

My daughter is an adult; do I have to stay?

My daughter requires a full-time attendant, can the attendant come to GIRLS CLUB instead of me?

I am a dad. Can I bring my daughter to GIRLS CLUB?

How does my daughter / how do I become a member?
Email us at: info@inGIRLSCLUB.com

What do you mean by “big sister / little sister”?
“Big sisters” is how we refer to our GIRLS CLUB members who are older.  “Little sisters” is how we refer to our GIRLS CLUB members who are younger. 
“Big sisters” may (if they choose) help with setting up GIRLS CLUB events, or help “little sisters” participate in activities. “Big sisters” may have different field trips or areas of interests from “little sisters.”

My daughter is ___ years old, can she join GIRLS CLUB?
Yes. Girls club has no upper or lower age limits. Currently, the youngest member is not yet 2-years-old, and the oldest member is in her mid-20s.

I am ___ years old, can I join GIRLS CLUB?
Yes. Girls club has no upper or lower age limits. Currently, the youngest member is not yet 2-years-old, and the oldest member is in her mid-20s.

Why are there no age limits to GIRLS CLUB?
Girls Club intentionally has no upper or lower age limits. Because:

  • Younger girls often like to watch or interact with older girls
  • Younger girls can benefit from the “big sisters” in the group – they can aspire to or ‘see themselves in’ older girls; it is proven that having “role models” that that look / act / think / feel like you is important to the self esteem of young girls
  • “Aging out” of clubs and activities is arbitrary and unnecessary
  • Older girls can act as “big sisters” to our younger GIRLS CLUB members, while also connecting with their peers and enjoying each other’s company
  • What is so-called “age appropriate” as an activity is subjective; older members may like Barbies, and younger members may like politics. It’s all okay at GIRLS CLUB
  • Friendships will form naturally, based on shared interests rather than ages. (As a NT mom, one of my best friends is 10 years older than me. We're great together!)

Why can’t I drop my daughter off?
A responsible adult (parent, caregiver, BI, etc.) must accompany your child/teen to Girls Club. We believe that the involvement of families and support networks contributes to everyone's safety and well-being. At this time, is not possible to have a ‘drop off’ group. Should this ability arise in the future, it will be discussed and communicated. 

My daughter is an adult; do I have to stay?
We believe that the involvement of families and support networks contributes to everyone's safety and well-being. If your child is an adult, you are welcome to stay in the event room, or relax in another part of the building (please stay on-site). GIRLS CLUB members with a high degree of independence (who arrive/depart without a parent, aide or caretaker) are welcome to participate on their own.

My daughter requires a full-time attendant, can the attendant come to GIRLS CLUB instead of me?
Yes! The safety and well-being of each GIRLS CLUB member is what is of primary importance. So long as a responsible adult is present, it does not have to be a parent.

I am a dad. Can I bring my daughter to GIRLS CLUB?
Yes! Moms or dads – it doesn’t matter. If your daughter is a GIRLS CLUB member, either mom, dad, (grandma, grandpa, BI, attendant, nanny, caregiver, auntie, uncle, etc) can all be a responsible GIRLS CLUB adult.

 

Logistics Questions

Where does GIRLS CLUB meet?

Are all events going to be in Richmond, BC?

I don’t see any activities that my daughter likes to do on the list

I live too far away from most GIRLS CLUB events to participate; what can I do?

I live in BC, outside of the lower mainland; can I be in GIRLS CLUB?

When does GIRLS CLUB meet?

What does GIRLS CLUB cost?

Where does GIRLS CLUB meet?
We have two chapters: Lower Mainland (LM) and Okanagan (OK)
 --- LM: Our location sponsor is the GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub.
      We meet there on the second Thursday of every month. Their address
      is:  3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC [http://pacificautismfamily.com/]
 --- OK: Our location sponsor for the Okanagan is the NONA in Vernon, BC
      [https://nona-cdc.com/] 
We are also open to starting GIRLS CLUB chapters in other regions. Reach out to us to find out how. 

Are all events going to be at the location sponsors?
For the Lower Mainland -- no. Richmond is the site of our location sponsor (GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub), and the indoor meetings will mostly happen there. Field trips, outdoor excursions, and other outings will happen around the Lower Mainland.
For the Okanagan -- no. We will be doing community field trips as well!
 
We are also open to starting GIRLS CLUB chapters in other regions. Reach out to us to find out how. 

I don’t see any activities that my daughter likes to do on the list
Let’s fix that. Email us at info@inGIRLSCLUB.com and tell us what kind of activities you’d like to see.

I live too far away from most GIRLS CLUB events to participate;
what can I do?

If possible, come to at least 1 or 2 GIRLS CLUB events so that you can connect with other members, and see if anyone lives in your area. That will allow you to setup playdates / hangouts close to you. Even if you can only come infrequently, we’d love to have you in GIRLS CLUB. 

I live in BC, outside of the Lower Mainland / Okanagan; can I be in GIRLS CLUB? 
Contact us at info@inGIRLSCLUB.com; we are partnered with Autism BC, and will talk to you about the possibilities of a GIRLS CLUB in your region. 

When does GIRLS CLUB meet?
The Lower Mainland Chapter meets twice per month, on the:
 - Second Thursday of the month (inside)
 - and the last Sunday of the month (outside / field trip)
The Okanagan Chapter meets once per month; the calendar will be released soon! 

 What does GIRLS CLUB cost?
  - There are no fees to join or participate
  - Field trips or activities that have an associated cost are pay-per-use
      (e.g. if swimming, pool entry would be the cost of the event)
  -  We happily accept donations to cover costs
      To make a donation, click here * * *
* * * please write "for GIRLS CLUB" in the comment section* * *
so that your funds are 100% dedicated for GIRLS CLUB events. 
[GIRLS CLUB sits under the wonderful umbrella of Autism BC -- a non-profit, registered charity. * Autism BC collects, holds, manages, and issues tax receipts for our donations. ]

 

If listening is better than reading for you, learn about GIRLS CLUB here: http://autism30.com/ingirlsclub.html

If your question is not answered here, contact us at: info@inGIRLSCLUB.com