2023 Autism Alliance DDS Middlesex West Programming

The Autism Alliance is happy to announce our programming funded by the Department of Developmental Services. These programs span across many age groups. All participants MUST be eligible for services through DDS Middlesex West Area Office and have autism. This includes the following towns: Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlboro, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, and Westborough. If you are interested in one of our programs you can apply by completing our online form for the group you are interested in. If you have any questions, please email, or call us! We are looking forward to seeing you!

Programs being offered for 2023

Music Therapy: Digital Music


Thursday’s 6:15 pm- 7:00 pm 

2x a month | Begins September 22

Ages 14-19

The Autism Alliance in partnership with Meridian Music Therapy is offering a music-based program that fosters experiences that are used as interventions designed to combat isolation symptoms, support socialization, self-regulation, and self-validation. Using a variety of popular music apps, participants engage in composition by manipulating musical elements and structure such as pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, and form to create original songs. Opportunities are given to each group member to contribute preferences for compositional design by either selecting from a bank of available options or by being given remote control of the screen to create uniquely original music. This program is facilitated by Anthony C. Varga, DMA, MT-BC, NMT and supported by Katie Casavant, Autism Specialist.

Email Allison Daigle to learn more.


Social Skills: New Friends Group


Wednesday’s 4:00pm-4:45pm

2x a month | Runs through May 2023 | This GROUP now has a waiting list. Please contact Allison Daigle 

Ages 10-13

The Autism Alliance in partnership with Successfully Social New England is offering A fun, interactive and dynamic social group to help kids improve upon their self-image, identify their strengths and challenges, and develop their personal toolbox of strategies to increase their confidence and be able to successfully navigate the social world. This group is designed for kids in grades 4-6 who struggle socially. Kids who can benefit from this group are those with solid language skills who have difficulty noticing social cues such as facial expression and body language and those who have difficulty listening/focusing or working in a group. This year we are increasing the group to 45 minutes to include a "15-minute open chat" at the end (last 15 min) where kids could stay logged on to group to share something with us or they could jump off if they needed to. This program is facilitated by Coach Allison H. Marean, M.Ed., CLYL and supported by Allison Daigle, CTRS.


Group Respite: Free to Be Me


Saturday's 5:30pm-8:00pm

1x month | Begins in September | Limited spots available 

Ages 5-11

This program runs September 2022 through May 2023, with monthly sessions for children ages 5-11 with autism. The program is held on Saturday evenings at a community location in Middlesex West. The respite is provided in small groups or with one-to-one support by special education teachers and specialists, with support from Autism Alliance staff. Sessions are limited to ten children. The goal of the program is to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy their respite time, while the children are in a safe, customized, community respite program with fun activities and a chance to make friends. You will be notified each month if your son/daughter has received a slot for that month's group. We will have a waiting list.