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The Neurodiversity Network of Western New York offers social groups for neurodivergent children. Our social groups provide a fun and engaging environment where children can socialize, make new friends, and celebrate their unique strengths and abilities. Our social groups are inclusive of all children, regardless of ability, and we believe that all children should feel a sense of belonging in our groups. Neurotypical children are also welcome and encouraged to join us. Our social activities are led by licensed social workers and special education teachers who are also neurodivergent, bringing a unique perspective to the dynamic that helps them better understand the needs and strengths of neurodivergent children. We use a strengths-based approach that prioritizes creating a neuroaffirming environment that validates and supports each child's neurological differences. Our activities are designed to be developmental in nature and provide a safe and supportive environment where neurodivergent children can learn, grow, and form meaningful connections with their peers. We offer a variety of activities, such as games, crafts, and discussions, that are designed to promote positive interactions and encourage the development of important functional emotional developmental capacities and emotional regulation. Our activities are tailored to the needs of each child, and our experienced leaders use evidence-based practices to support the growth and development of every child. At the Neurodiversity Network of Western New York, we recognize the importance of community building and the sharing of experiences for parents and siblings of neurodivergent children. Our social activities provide a safe and fun environment where neurodivergent children can celebrate their unique abilities and form meaningful connections with their peers while developing important functional emotional developmental capacities to meet their individual needs and reach their fullest potential. Parents and siblings also benefit by having the opportunity to build community together and share their unique experiences with others who understand the challenges and strengths of neurodivergent children.