Discovery group is a therapeutic approach that uses meaningful activities to promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being in individuals with autism. This approach aims to help individuals develop new skills, increase independence, and improve their quality of life.

The activities we will explore are:

  • Leisure and creative
  • Outdoor and physical
  • Social and community
  • Self-care
  • Vocational/educational
  • Independence skills

How we spend our time, is how we spend our lives.  Occupational Therapy explores the value of activity for our wellbeing and mental health.  In this group we will explore what activities are meaningful to you to improve your mental health and wellbeing.


Participation in the Discovery Group will:

  • Give you a greater understanding of how participation in meaningful activity can influence your health.
  • Increase your awareness of occupational roles and routine.
  • Help you to make positive changes to your routine.
  • Provide you with the opportunity to explore a variety of activities.
  • Help improve your confidence in social situations. 

“By working as a group, we were able to try out different social environments and feel safe and secure whilst exploring individual meaning and purpose.”

“Through this group we felt a sense of togetherness and belonging by doing activities and sharing ideas.”

Who is this for?

This is a free fully funded therapeutic activity made up of individuals and group sessions. Due to funding restrictions, a young person must meet the four criteria below to be involved:

  • Aged between 14 and 18 years
  • Has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • has an identified mental health need

The next group will commence on Friday 13th October, with between 6-8 young people per group

Sessions will be held at ASD Helping Hands offices in Dereham, Norfolk. You will need to be able to travel to this location.

How do I refer?

If you believe that your young person would benefit from these sessions and meets the above criteria you can refer them using the form below: