Newtown Youth and Family Services has received a $5,290 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism to support Social Recreational Groups. NYSF officials say the goal of the social recreational groups is to promote individual growth, confidence, independence and flexibility and patience for children, teens and young adults with social skill challenges. The programs allow children, teens and young adults who have autism spectrum disorders or other social difficulties the opportunity to engage in typical activities and recreational outings. The Foundation awards grants annually through a competitive application and review process. It was started in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife in honor of their son, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. NYSF's next group session begins today.