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Finding a Parent Support Group

Map of 6 RESC regions of Connecticut

Region 2: Fairfield County Region 6: Litchfield County Region 3: Hartford County Region 5: Windham and Tolland Counties Region 4: Middlesex and New London Counties Region 1: New Haven County

Asperger Parents/Grandparents Support Group (Old Saybrook – Region 4)

The Asperger Parents/Grandparents Support Group meets on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and August 20, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services located at 322 Main Street in Old Saybrook.  The group is open to residents of Old Saybrook and surrounding towns.  For more information or to register, call Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services at 860-395-3190.

Autism Parent’s Club (Wilton – Region 2)

Parents with children on the Autism Spectrum in Fairfield County, CT. Join us for a great evening out and meet other parents with children on the Autism Spectrum (Autism, PDD-NOS, Aspergers, Atypical Autism).  Parents are encouraged to share stories, learn about area resources and events, discover different interventions and learn to advocate for their child from from other experienced parents. The group meets fat 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at John’s Best Restaurant located at 1 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connecticut. For more information, contact Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248, or email pattisylvia@aol.com.

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) Support Groups (Statewide)

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) facilitates support groups for parents of children on the autism spectrum and families members throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.autismconnecticut.org/find-local-support-group, email info@autismconnecticut.org or call 203-265-7717.

Bloomfield Support Group (Bloomfield – Region 3)

The Bloomfield Support Group is a support group for parents of children of all ages and disabilities. The group is co-sponsored by the JP Vincent Family Resource Center in Bloomfield and the African & Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP). Meetings are held during the school year on the fourth Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Laurel Elementary School in Bloomfield, Connecticut. All are welcome. Dinner and childcare are provided. For more information please contact AFCAMP at 860-548-9959 x302 or JP Vincent Family Resource Center at 860-769-5518 or 860-286-2640 x112.

The Center for Growth and Development Parent Support Group (Wilton – Region 2)

The Center for Growth and Development is starting a new parent support group on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.  Meetings will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Center located at 84 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connecticut.  Lorraine Morley, L.M.S.W., Family Coordinator at the Center, will facilitate the group.  The group is designed to offer insight and support for parents of children with special needs. Resources will be shared as well as stories with a sense of emotion, warmth and humor.    For more information, contact Lorraine at 203-563-9360 or 203-856-6191.

Children’s Therapy Services Parent Networking Support Group (Waterbury – Region 1)

Children’s Therapy Services Parent Networking and Support Group is for parents of children with any disability or special health need.  Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Children’s Therapy Services located at 1389 West Main Street, Suite 225 in Waterbury, Connecticut.  Childcare is available with advanced request. The group does not meet in July or August.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Cindy Jackson at 203-271-3288 or jackcts@yahoo.com or Tracey Blackman at tracey89@charter.net.  You can also visit the group’s Facebook page.

Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC) (Statewide)

CT Down Syndrome Congress is a special interest group that advocates for persons with Down Syndrome and their families. The group is comprised of over 350 parents, numerous professionals and over 20 advocacy groups statewide. They provide support to members through their annual convention, by co-sponsoring conferences for parents and professionals andby  hosting numerous local and state-wide activities (e.g. picnics, playgroups, mom’s night outs, holiday parties, etc.). For more information call 888-486-8537 or visit their website at www.ctdownsyndrome.org.

Connecticut Family Support Network (Statewide)

The Connecticut Family Support Network holds monthly meetings in various areas.    For more information, please contact the following:

Interim Executive Director: Tesha Imperati  203-710-3041  timperati@ctfsn.org

North Region: Amy McCoy  860-430-9370  amccoy@ctfsn.org

Southeast Region: April Dipollina 860-271-4371 adipollina@lmhosp.org

North Central Region: Pam Scott-Ashe 860-548-9959 pscottashe@afcamp.org

Northeast Region: Heather Graveline 860-546-9289 hgraveline@ctfsn.org

South Central Region: Deborah Pagano-Finkle 203-430-0242  dpagano@ctfsn.org

Northwest Region: Trish Butler 203-826-9739  tbutler@ctfsn.org

Southwest Region: Karleen Craddock 203-400-0105  kcraddock@ctfsn.org

Bi-Lingual Family Support: Maggy Morales 860-679-1527  mmorales@ctfsn.org

Deaf and HH Advocacy Coordinator: Patti Silva 860-529-7766  psilva@ctfsn.org

Connecticut Family Support Network – Southeastern CT (New London – Region 4)

The Southeast area support group for parents of children with any disability and/or special health care needs, meets on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 6 p.m. in Conference Room 3 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital  located at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, Connecticut. They share frustrations, solutions and leave feeling just a little stronger. The group also offers workshops and trainings and  provide a constant update of information for people with disabilities in Connecticut. The group does not meet in July or August. For more information please contact April Dipollina at: 860-271-4371 or email her at adipollina@lmhosp.org.

Connecticut Family Support Network Northeast Support Group (Danielson – Region 5)

The CTFSN Northeast Support Group is a group for parents and caregivers of individuals with special healthcare needs and disabilities.  The group meets on the 4th Thursday of every month except during November and December when the group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Arc Quinebaug Valley located at 687 Cook Hill Road in Danielson, Connecticut.  For more information, contact Heather Graveline at 860-546-9289 or hgraveline@ctfsn.org.

Connecticut Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing

The Department of Social Services Aging Services Division offers a comprehensive listing of support groups for grandparent caregivers in Connecticut.  View the listing on their website to find contact information for each support group: Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing

Creative Housing Workgroup (Old Saybrook – Region 4)

The Creative Housing Workgroup is a group of proactive parents, caregivers and self-advocates who are working together to find solutions, supports and creative residential options for people with disabilities.  The group meets the second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Acton Library in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.  For more information, visit www.ctfsn.org or contact April Dipollina at adipollina@lmhosp.org or 860-271-4371 or Lauralyn Lewis at lauralynlewis@sbclgobal.net.

Danbury Area Autism Parent Group (Bethel – Region 6)

The Danbury Area Autism Parent Group is a  support group for parents and caregivers of youth with autism spectrum disorders.  The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel.  For more information contact Trish Butler at tbutler@ctfsn.org or 203-826-9739.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Bethel- Region 6)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT warmly invites parents and adults with epilepsy to attend this support group. The group meets at Ability Beyond Disability located at 4 Berkshire Boulevard in Bethel, Connecticut. Meetings are held from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.  For more information please contact the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or efct@sbcglobal.net or Marita Ferguson at 203-748-4897.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Groton- Region 4)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT invites parents and adults with epilepsy, to join them on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairview located at 235 Lestertown Road in Groton, Connecticut.  For more information please contact Liz at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 860-346-1924 or email efct@sbcglobal.net.

Epilepsy Support Group (Hartford – Region 3)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT holds a support group at Hartford Hospital, located at 80 Seymour Street in Hartford, Connecticut, in the Jefferson Building in the Community Relations Room from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month.  For more information, contact Allison at allison@epilepsyct.com or call the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 860-346-1924.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Middletown- Region 1)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT warmly invites parents of children with epilepsy to attend this support group. The group meets at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT office building on the 2nd floor located at 386 Main Street in Middletown. Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.on the third Tuesday of the month.  This group is exclusive to parents who have children with epilepsy. For more information please contact Megan at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or email efct@sbcglobal.net.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Milford- Region 1)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT warmly invites parents and adults with epilepsy to attend this support group. The group meets in Auditorium C at the Milford Hospital located at 300 Seaside Avenue in Milford, Connecticut. Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. For more information please contact Peg at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or email efct@sbcglobal.net.

Epilepsy Support Group (Stamford- Region 2)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT invites parents and adults with epilepsy, to join them on the second Thursday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor at the Stamford Government Center located at 888 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut.  For more information please contact Marty at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or efct@sbcglobal.net.

Fairfield SEPTA (Fairfield – Region 6)

The Fairfield SEPTA, Inc. (Special Education PTA) is a group of parents, teachers and community professionals and supporters striving to improve the education and social interactions and recreational opportunities of children with special needs.  SEPTA provides the parents of special education students with support and resources.  The group offers informative, monthly meetings.  For more information, visit www.fairfieldsepta.org.

Families Supporting Families (Waterford – Region 4)

Families Supporting Families is a support and information group for parents of children, youth and young adults with mental health challenges.  The group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waterford Country School, SAFE Home, located at 947 Vauxhaul Street Extension in Waterford, Connecticut.  Parents are invited to bring their children for activities and light refreshments.  For more information, or to RSVP , contact 860-265-6302.  The meeting is held after the Southeast Mental Health System of Care (SEMHSOC) Family Advisory Board meeting which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    For more information about SEMHSOC, contact Jill Coffin at 860-822-4176.

Family Klatch (Plainfield – Region 5)

Family Klatch is held at the Plainfield Health Care Center located at 12 Lathrop Road in the 2nd Floor Community Room in Plainfield.  The group meets the third Friday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Light refreshments are provided.  For more information contact Heather Graveline at 860-546-9289 or graavelineh@yahoo.com.

Ferguson Library (Stamford – Region 2)

The Ferguson Library in Stamford has a Special Needs Center with a collection of books, videos and magazines for parents of children with special needs. This public library has also been awarded an LSTA grant to expand services to children with disabilities. Please visit their webpage to see what resources they offer at www.fergusonlibrary.org, Click on the Kids link, then on Special Needs Center.

Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) (Statewide)

The mission of the Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) is to build a strong, collaborative support team for parents of children who live with food allergies.  FAST meets monthly for mutual support and practical advice, occasionally hosts guest speakers, advocates for children and educates the local community.  For more information about meetings, please contact FAST by phone at 860-265-3122, by email admin@justbreathect.com or online at www.justbreathect.com.

Friends of Autistic People (Greenwich – Region 2)

Friends of Autistic People (FAP) is a parent support group dedicated to raising awareness of services and supported living arrangements needed for autistic adults and searching for help within public, private and state organizations. FAP sponsors support meetings, lectures by experts in the field and recently produced a Connecticut Access TV special on the needs of adults with autism. Participation is encouraged by families of children of all ages, professionals within the field and other supporters of the cause are invited to join as well. For more information, please call 203-661-8510, email fap.autismct@gmail.com or visit www.autisticadults.net.

Hearts, Hands and Homes Parent Support Group (Groton- Region 4)

This parent support group is open to foster, adoptive and kinship families and their children.  Parents are encouraged to come together to discuss common concerns and build a network of support.  The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Groton City Fire Department located at 416 Benham Road in Groton, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Hearts, Hands and Homes Community Collaborative. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alana at alana@hhhct.org.

High Functioning Autism and Developmental Delays Support Group (HiFADD) (West Hartford – Region 3)

HiFADD is run by The Family Resource and Development Center, LLC in West Hartford, Connecticut.  The group meets monthly from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Family Resource and Development Center located at 41 N. Main Street, Suite 303, in West Hartford.  The group is for parents, other adult family members, as well as caregivers who are in need of support due to the unique demands of helping to raise children and/or adolescents with high functioning autism or other developmental delays that affect their social and emotional functioning and well being.  Groups consist of open discussion, as well as occasional guest speakers to discuss specific topics and address questions about a variety of issues.  Meetings are facilitated by April Smolski, LMFT.   Membership is available but not required to attend meetings.  For more information, contact April Smolski at 860-838-4736 or aprilfrdc@gmail.com.

Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association Parent Support Group (LACASA) (Winsted- Region 6)

Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), in Winsted, Connecticut, offers an evening support group for parents and caregivers of children with autism. The group is facilitated by Sharon Cable (parent) and Dr. Robert Beck (NCCC faculty member and director of the Behavioral Studies program in the college). The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. Participation is free and is open to anyone who cares for children with autism. For more information, please contact Sharon Cable at 860-693-9128 or Robert Beck at860-738-6386 or visit www.autismsupportct.com.

NAMI Support Group (Niantic – Region 4)

The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Child and Adolescent Network) support group for families of individuals with psychiatric disabilities meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month (except July and December) in the Church Hall at St. Agnes Church in Niantic.   For more information please contact Joan Lazar at 860-739-8822 or joan.lazar@snet.net.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association, CT Chapter (Statewide)

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association provides a variety of support groups to people suffering from spinal cord injuries throughout the state of Connecticut. Their support groups allow individuals the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics with other people who also have a spinal cord injury. Support group meetings are held at many area hospitals and independent living centers throughout the state. Support groups are organized and run by NSCIA CT Chapter member volunteers.  For support group locations, dates and times please visit www.sciact.org/support_grp.asp.

Next Steps Parent Support Group (Southington – Region 3)

The Next Steps Parent Support Group is for parents of children with special needs in the Southington area. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at The Summit in Plantsville. The Bristol/Farmington Collaborative sponsors this support group. For more information about the Collaborative visit www.gbfvcc.org. For more information about the support group, contact Lori Powell at stevelori@cox.net or Carrie Foligno at Cgfolig1@cox.net.

North Central Community Collaborative Parent and Sibling Support Group (West Suffield – Region 3)

The NCCC Parent and Sibling Support groups are open to families whose lives have been touched by children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral, social, anxiety, attention, communication or mental health challenges.  The NCCC serves the following towns: Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Strafford Springs, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks.  The group meets the second Tuesday of the month (except for July and August) from 6 p.m. (light dinner) to 8 p.m. in room 221 at Suffield High School located at 1060 Sheldon Street in West Suffield, Connecticut. The group also runs a Family Activity Group to give children with disabilities the opportunity to interact with other children in a natural setting.  For more information, contact Doriana Vicedomini at 504-259-4327 or Diane Reynolds at 860-668-6005 orsdbreynolds@cox.net.

North Star  –  Support Group for Parents of Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Developmental Delays (Ansonia – Region  1)

North Star Support Group is a support and resource organization for families who have children with disabilities. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Derby. There is a yearly picnic and holiday party for the families.  Please call ahead to verify meeting times and locations.  For more information call Cathy Adamczyk at 203-751-2417 or visit www.northstarsupportgroup.com.

Not-So-Typical Autism Support Group (Hartford – Region 3)

This group focuses on the well-being of parents and caregivers of children with autism.  The group is based on the principle that being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum requires new perspectives, and that in order to provide the best for your child, you must provide the best for yourself.  The group is interactive and focuses on teaching parents the tools and experiences that refresh, honor and uplift them in a positive and nourishing environment.  Offered by Hope 4 Autism, Inc in partnership with Wild Heart Coaching, LLC the group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Room in the Hartford Public Library located at 500 Main Street in Downtown Hartford.

Padres Abriendo Puertas (Parents Opening Doors) – Spanish-Speaking Support Group for Parents of Children with Disabilities (Danbury – Region 6)

This is a support group for Spanish-speaking parents of children with disabilities to learn about special education and advocacy, share concerns and ideas and learn about resources available to help. The group is facilitated by Mio Galarza, Social-Community Psychologist and advocate. For more information contact Mio at 203-240-2467 or miozotisg22@yahoo.com.

Parent Chat (Guilford- Region 4)

Parent Chat is a shoreline support group for families of children with special needs. This group meets Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Women and Family Life Center, 96 Fair St.in Guilford, Connecticut. Child care is provided. Parents share ideas, concerns and information related to providing the best support and environment for their children. Educational materials and resources are available. This group provides a great opportunity to meet and talk with other parents and have fun. The group is facilitated by Deborah Pagano of the CT Family Support Network. For more information, or to register please contact Kathy Fadel of the KIDSTEPS Family and Children’s Center at 203-453-7592 ext.2 or kidsteps-fcc@sarah-inc.org.

Parents Supporting Each Other (Columbia – Region 5)

Parents Supporting Each Other (PSEO) is a support and information group for all parents, with a focus on parents of children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges. The group meets on the third Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at United Services Inc. located at 233 Route 6 in Columbia, CT. The group is sponsored by Communities Raising Children, the Northeast System of Care. For more information, contact Support Group Facilitators Jenn, Nat or Craig at 860-574-8614 or pseowillimantic@gmail.com.

Parents Supporting Each Other (Dayville- Region 5)

Parents Supporting Each Other is a support and information group for parents of children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges.  The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at United Services located at 1007 North Main Street in Dayville, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Communities Raising Children, the Northeast System of Care.  For more information, contact Lorna at 860-573-0689 or grivois620@comcast.net.

Parents Supporting Each Other (Middletown – Region 1)

Parents Supporting Each Other is a support and information group for parents of children, youth and young adults with behavioral health challenges.  The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Middlesex Hospital, Family Advocacy Program, located at 51 Broad Street in Middletown, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Middlesex Hospitle, Middlesex System of Care Community Collaborative and FAVOR CT.  For more information, contact Support Group Facilitator, Maura at 860-375-0576 or mshughes1033@gmail.com.

Parent Support Group (Manchester -Region 3)

This parent support group is for parents raising preschool through high school age children with a variety of disabilities including, but not limited t,o autism, apraxia, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, and epilepsy.  The group meets the last Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Panera Bread located at 179 Deming Street in Manchester.  Meetings are not held in July or August.  For more information about the group, contact Amy McCoy at amccoy@ctfsn.org.

Pizza Moms (Darien – Region 2)

Pizza Moms is a group of moms of children with special needs in the Fairfield County area.  Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. The meetings are informal and  pizza, salad and beverages are served. For more info email Nanette at nanette618@gmail.com.

Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Parent Support Group (Middletown – Region 1)

The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Parent Support Group meets the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at Sanibel located at 955 South Main Street, Suite B-0 in Middletown, Connecticut. Participation is free. Parents are encouraged to come share their experiences, get support and listen and learn about autism and autism spectrum disorder. Seating is limited. RSVP to rwaf@comcast.net. For more information, contact Brenda Wilson at rwaf@comcast.net or 860-346-8777.  The group does not meet in July or August.

Shoreline CT Down Syndrome Support Group  (Madison – Region 4)

The Shoreline CT Down Syndrome Support Group is a casual and relaxed support group of individuals who share a common bond as parents, siblings and friends of children with Down Syndrome. They gather informally and periodically to discuss current issues and support each other. For more information, please contact Ellen Nixon at 203-421-3591 or by email at rmancuso02@snet.net.

Southeastern CT Special Education PTO (SETPO) (New London – Region 4)

Southeastern CT SEPTO is a PTO for parents of children with special needs as well as special education staff.  It functions like a regular PTO with the focus on students who are receiving support through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan.  For more information about meeting times, dates and locations, contact Maureen Shea at moshea867@ct.metrocast.net.

Special Dads Group (Greenwich – Region 2)

The Special Dads Group is a group for dads of children with special needs in Fairfield county and surrounding areas.  The group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Post Restaurant located at 522 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information contact Michael Beloff at michael@beloff.org or visit the website, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/specialdads/.

Special Needs Advocacy for Parents (SNAP) – (Somers – Region 3)

SNAP is a group that offers a chance to exchange wisdom and ideas among one another.  Parents are invited to join to learn how to advocate as one group and understand how to better help their children and themselves.  For more information about meetings in Somers, please contact the group by phone at 860-265-3122, email at Admin@JustBreatheCT.com or visit their website www.JustBreatheCT.com.

SPED*NET New Canaan (New Canaan – Region 2)

Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd. (SPED*NET New Canaan) is organized exclusively to educate the public on special education and disability-related issues.  They strive to empower parents, professionals, and students to become more effective advocates in their schools and communities, particularly in New Canaan, Connecticut, and its neighboring towns.  They serve as a resource for disability-related information, and as a parent-to-parent support and advocacy network for families of children with individual education programs (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans.    Visit www.spednet.org to learn about parent resources available in Southwestern Connecticut.

SPED*NET Wilton (Wilton – Region 2)

SPED*NET, Special Education Network of Wilton, Ltd., is a not-for-profit corporation organized exclusively to educate the public about special needs, special education and disability-related issues. SPED*NET Wilton serves as an advocacy and supportive network for Connecticut families of children with special needs, especially families of children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans.  Their yearly speaker series, free and open to the public, provides information on the latest therapies, strategies and research in the educational, medical and social realms.  Their Guide to Special Services in Connecticut, Bringing Knowledge to the Table: How to be an Effective Advocate for Your Child, presents information in a user-friendly format and in easy-to-understand language, detailing the special education process and linking readers to current websites, forms and resources.  Visit www.spednetwilton.org for more information.

Spinal Cord Injury Information Group (Hartford – Region 3)

The Spinal Cord Injury Information Group is open to all persons with spinal cord injury, family, friends and interested professionals. This program is sponsored by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, Connecticut Chapter and facilitated by Bryan Tronosky, PT, Nicole Morales, OTR/L and Paige McCullough-Casciano, CTRS from Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital.  The group meets  the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Paige McCullough-Casciano at 860-714-2421 or pmccullo@stfranciscare.org.

Stratford SEPTA (Stratford – Region 2)

Launched in 2010, the mission of Stratford SEPTA is to support, educate and inspire.  The group aims to bring together parents, families and educators to share their experiences and perspectives, provide parents with information on navigating the special education system, increase the community’s understanding of exceptional children’s abilities to reach their full potential, and enrich the lives of children and their families through education and social opportunities.   The group is open to anyone who cares about a child with any kind of individual difference that poses challenges in school and beyond.  Stratford SEPTA also has a Parent Resource Library which features books and activities available for borrowing.  View the collection at stratfordlibrary.blogspot.com. For more information, visit www.stratfordsepta.org, connect on Facebook “Stratford SEPTA” for the latest updates, or email info@stratfordsepta.org.

St. Vincent’s Developmental Services Program (Region 2)

St. Vincent’s Developmental Services provides children and teen social skills groups, sibling groups, parent support groups and parent workshops.  In addition, the Center’s multi-disciplinary team offers diagnostic testing and evaluation, clinical counseling, community resource coordination and educational support.  Insurance accepted for clinical and evaluation services: Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Cigna, Coventry First, MHN, multi-plan, Oxford, United Behavioral Health and POMCO. For a complete schedule of meetings and more information about the programs please contact Annemarie Callagy, LCSW, 203-341-4501 or acallagy@stvincents.org, or visit www.stvincentsbehavioralhealth.org.

Success SEPTO  (Willington – Region 5)

The mission of Success SEPTO is to work within local communities to encourage school districts, legislators, and families to work together. The organization strives to understand, support, and enhance education, and provide greater opportunities for children with special needs.  The group serves Ashford, Mansfield, Stafford, Tolland, Willington and other surrounding towns in Northeast Connecticut.  Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Willington Public Library. All meetings are open to the public.  New members and visitors are welcome.  For more information visit their Facebook pagewww.successsepto.org or email info@successsepto.org.

Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Waterford – Region 4)

Waterford Youth Services hosts this group which meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.  Free dinner and childcare are provided.  For more information, contact Waterford Youth Services at 860-444-5848.

Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children — Sharing and Caring (Middletown – Region 1)

This support group is for parents of children with special needs. They meet on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, Fellowship Room, located at 1055 Randolph Road in Middletown, Connecticut.  From more information, contact Nancy Geromin at 860-345-7397 or 860-345-8205.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Connecticut Chapter (Statewide)

TACA CT aims to support families affected by autism by hosting educational meetings on various topics, informal coffee talks and fun family outings. TACA CT provides a supportive community, as well as information on a wide range of treatments and programs so parents can help their children with autism thrive, reach their highest potential, and improve their quality of life.  The group is open to families affected by autism, ADD/ADHD, and sensory processing disorders.  For more information visit www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/northeast/connecticut.

“Think Differently” Support Group (Killingworth – Region 4)

The “Think Differently” Support Group is for parents and caregivers of explosive/implosive children.  The group is run by a Think Kids certified mentor and focuses on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.  The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except during the summer) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Killingworth Library located at 301 Route 81.  For more information, visit www.thinkkids.org or contact Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed. at divinna@comcast.net or 860-876-0236.

Tolland Family Resource Center PCS Group (Tolland – Region 5)

Tolland Family Resource Center PCS Group (Parents of Children with Special Needs) offers weekly B-3 playgroups from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday mornings.  The group also shares information on soccer, bowling and baseball programs in town for special needs children, parent workshops on various topics, family events and parenting classes. For more information and dates of meetings contact Laurel Leibowitz at 860-870-6750, ext 215 or visit their website www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/tollandfrc.

Welcome to My World – Autism (New Britain – Region 3)

Welcome to My World – Autism is a support group for families of children with autism.  The group provides information on social/emotional issues and recreation needs for families.  They meet in the media center at Pulaski Middle School located at 757 Farmington Avenue in New Britain, Connecticut every third Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the school year.  For more information, contact Stephen or Livia Arasimowicz at 860-259-5790 or welcometomyworldautism@yahoo.com.

West Haven Local System of Care, Parent Support Group (West Haven – Region 1)

The West Haven Local System of Care Parent Support Group invites parents, grandparents, caregivers and friends of children with special needs to  join them at  parent support group meetings held on the second Monday of every month.  The meetings take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the basement of  West Haven City Hall located at 355 Main Street in West Haven, Connecticut.  Child care is provided at all support group meetings with advance notice and registration.  For more information or to register please call 203-937-3633 or email karenmmuro@aol.com or visit www.whinc.org.

Youth Service Bureaus (Statewide)

Youth Service Bureaus offer a network of resources and opportunities for children, youth and their families with the goal of helping youth to develop positively and to function as responsible members of their communities.  Many Youth Service Bureaus offer programs such as parent support groups, play groups, and social skills groups. To find the Youth Service Bureau  closest to you, visit the CT Youth Services Association website: www.ctyouthservices.org/Find_A_YSB.

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