Macon social group helps boys with special needs

Macon social group for boys with special needs

For families and children with special needs, help isn't always easy to come by. One Macon group is trying to provide more resources. Claire Davis spent the morning learning about the social group, Discovering Your Groove.

Carolyn Taylor's grandson Alijah is autistic.

“He’s a special kind of guy,” said Taylor.

She says he was diagnosed at 4-years-old.

“We went from there to find a support system to help him navigate in this, big, big world,” said Taylor.

That support system is called Discovering Your Groove, part of Kid's Quest at Sai Rehab. It's a social group for boys age 12-17 with mild to high-functioning disabilities.

“Showing him and teaching him how to navigate in the social aspect of the community, school and that's a lot of support that he needed,” said Taylor.

Alijah says the best part of the group is being around other boys like him. “

We go places. We're going to Skyzone this weekend I think, and we went to the radio station, and we go to Comic Plus, and we do lots of cooking and stuff like that,” said Alijah.

Taylor agrees.

“It allows them time, to have time to spend with people that they can relate to,” said Taylor.

There are 17 boys in the group.

“[They're] pretty cool, they're not what I expected, but they're awesome,” said Alijah.

Taylor says acceptance for folks with special needs is something she wants to see change.

“They are people that we have to accept in the community and we have to give them you know all of the support they need to be successful,” said Taylor.

Discovering Your Groove meets once every other week. If you're interested in joining the group, visit their website. 


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