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Social club for girls with developmental disorders launching in Kamloops

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Girls Club founder, Vicky Ryan, with some members at a recent event in Vancouver. (via Contributed)

A free social club for girls with neuro-developmental differences, like autism, ADHD and Down syndrome, will be launching in Kamloops at the end of the month.

The Girls Club, which started in 2017 in the Lower Mainland and now has locations in Vernon and Prince George, will be launching a local chapter headed up by parents Hoby and Rachel Cook. They'll be hosting a launch event on March 31 at Social Butterflies on Seymour Street. 

According to the CDC, autism spectrum disorder is four times more likely to be diagnosed in boys than girls. That gender disparity was what caused founder Vicky Ryan, to launch the Girls Club; to give her autistic daughter a chance to play with other girls, and eventually form meaningful relationships.

The club has attracted over 300 members in their two years of operating.

The Cook family were members of the club's Okanagan chapter and missed it once the moved to Kamloops. Eventually, they decided to open a chapter here to provide local girls with the opportunity to “meet, have fun, develop connections, and make memories that will last a lifetime,” says a media release. 

Girls Club welcomes girls of all abilities and ages, offering activities like theme parties, arts and crafts, games, field trips, and more.

The Thompson Valley Chapter launch events runs March 31, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Social Butterflies, 821 Seymour St.

For more info, or to register for the launch, visit HERE.