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Autism Support Groups in San Diego

San Diego Autism Support Groups
Whether you’re a parent raising a child with autism, a friend of an autistic individual, or coping with your own autism diagnosis, it’s important to find a community that can offer some respite and support. We’ve come up with a list of autism support groups available in the San Diego area. Look below to find the support that you need.

Autism Society San Diego
The Autism Society has a number of helpful resources for all those affected by autism in the San Diego area. You can find a list of their upcoming support group meetings for parents and children with autism, those coping with autism and their friends and family members. You’ll also find a list of community resources (https://www.autismsocietysandiego.org/resource-guide.html) including counseling, educational opportunities and medical specialists.

(https://www.autismsocietysandiego.org/support-groups.html)

Autism Tree Project Foundation
Offering a number of groups and programs for children with autism, the ATPF is geared toward raising community awareness for those coping with autism. You’ll find a range of interactive groups and afterschool activities such as the University of San Diego Football Mentor Program, Girls Mentor Program, and the AutismFITT Club, helping children with autism improve their balance, endurance and coordination. Parents can hear the latest news in the autism community, research from medical professionals, and early intervention tips.

(http://www.autismtreeproject.org/)

San Diego Regional Center
The SDRC is committed to serving members of the local community dealing with developmental disabilities. You’ll find support groups that welcome those dealing with any disability and autism in particular. They have legal rights and educational tools to empower those with autism and for those caring for a person with autism. You’ll find links to legislative information, helpful publications, and self-advocacy groups.

(http://sdrc.org/resources-support/support-groups/)

GRASP Support Group San Diego
Dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by autism, GRASP offers community outreach, support and advocacy groups for all ages. Groups include counseling services, educational sessions, and peer-to-peer support groups for children, teens and adults. Reach out to GRASP or register for a membership for more information. You’ll find all of their contact information on their homepage.

(https://www.autismspeaks.org/resource/grasp-support-group-san-diego)

Autism Comprehensive Educational Services
ACES offers numerous educational opportunities, support groups and therapies for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Classes help children improve their academic performance, communication and motor skills. Support is offered in the home, classroom, community or clinical setting. You can also visit the ACES homepage (http://www.acesaba.com/) for more information.

(https://www.autismspeaks.org/resource/autism-comprehensive-educational-services-aces)

Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together
AEFCT gives children and families the chance to connect to the community around them. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in their social skills groups, an intimate gathering designed to improve communication, independence and build confidence in those with autism. They also offer specialty support groups for mother, fathers, and other family members coping with autism.

(http://aefct.com/our-services/support-groups/)

Center for Autism, Research, Evaluation and Services
CARES has many different services for parents and children to help them achieve their individual goals. You’ll find assessment, diagnosis, and psychiatry services. They also have group parent education courses to help those transitioning as a parent raising a child with autism. Children can also engage in pivotal response training and discrete trial training courses.

(https://www.autismspeaks.org/resource/cares-2)

Exceptional Family Resource Center
At EFRC, you’ll find a list of many different support groups for families and children coping with autism across the San Diego area, featuring emails and phone numbers of persons to contact. You’ll also find information on the latest disability laws, educational information, and health care resources.

(http://www.efrconline.org/index.cfm?page=Support%20Groups)