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Support Groups

Exceptional Family Resource Center co-sponsors various support groups in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Support groups are a place of mutual aid for parents to exchange emotional and practical support in order to reduce stress, to develop constructive coping skills and exchange information. *Please call to verify dates and locations of support groups before attending.


Listing of EFRC Support Groups

ALZHEIMER'S:

Alzheimer's Association - Brawley. 760-335-3725.


ARTHRITIS:

Juvenile Arthritis Support Network - 858-492-1090 or arthritis.org


ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER:

CHADD - San Diego: 760-736-1111; Encinitas/Carlsbad: 760-436-8766.

Informational Meetings for Adults - 858-581-5050 or
LearningDevelopmentServices.com.

San Carlos - 619-464-4331.

Vista - 760-758-5732.

Military Family ADHD Group - 619-532-5666.

ADHD & Behavioral Support - 619-885-8315.
View flyer or specialneedskidz.com


AUTISM:

Evening Parent Support - Chula Vista: 619-220-7020 or 619-595-1631 or msebastyn@sdcoe.net. View flyer.


Autism Society of America, San Diego County - 858-715-0678 or sd-autism.org.

Asperger's & HFA Parent Group - Chula Vista
CVHFAParentGroup@cox.net.

Family Autism Mentoring Program at the Scripps Well Being Center - 619-887-1475.

Children's Autism Intervention Center at Children's Hospital - 858-966-7453. Support for newly diagnosed - 858-966-5416. 

Parents of Autism and Children Empowering Success(PACES) - Oceanside:
paces2007@gmail.com.

Parent Support for San Diego Unified School District Resource Students with Autism - 858-490-8520 or 
bkohrt@sandi.net.

SPAYA (Supporting the Parents of Young Adults with Autism) - 
spaya@san.rr.com.

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) parent group - Rancho Bernardo:
becky@tacanow.com.

Autism Friends Club at CASE - 760-720-4964.

Autism Society of Imperial County - 760-337-2107.

Asperger's Support - North County at Tri City Medical Center:
tricitymed.org/service/childstudy/nccsc/education.html

Support/Playgroup - 858-412-3687 or 916-606-5072.


BRAIN INJURY: 

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation support - 858-272-2090.


BURN SURVIVORS: 

UCSD Burn Support Group - 619-466-6291.


CANCER:

Families Supporting Families - 858-576-1700 x5429. 


CEREBRAL PALSY:

United Cerebral Palsy San Diego - 858-571-7803.


CORNELIA DE LANGE SYNDROME:

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome - 760-746-9954 or View flyer.


DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES:

Support for primary caretakers - Miramar: 858-695-9415 or crimsoncenter.com. 

Social group for 9-13 year olds - Temecula:  951-699-3127 or
temeculasnells@msn.com.  


DIABETES:

American Diabetes Association - San Diego: 858-279-9160; North County: 760-434-0014.


DOWN SYNDROME:

Down Syndrome Association of San Diego Family Support Network - 619-594-7389 or DSAsdonline.org.
Early Childhood - Central San Diego:
View flyer  /  North County: View flyer or map  /  Spanish: View flyer.
All Ages - Central San Diego
View flyer.


Mommy & Me group - North County: 760-295-2637 or
mommy_n_me_ds_playgroup@yahoo.com.

Down Syndrome Association of Imperial Valley -  760-355-0147 or 
View flyer.


DYSTONIA:

Dystonia Support & Advocacy Group - 619.582.1961 or dystoniaofsandiego.com

North County Dystonia Support Group - 760-729-0525.


EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL:

NAMI - 619-543-1434 or 800-523-5933. namisandiego.org.

Postpartum Support - 800-727-4777.
View flyer.


Anger Management/ Healthy Relationships - Chula Vista: 619-420-3620. 
 

EPILEPSY:

Epilepsy Foundation of America - 619-296-0162 or epilepsysandiego.org

Teen Program - 619-255-3542.


FATHERS GROUPS:

Men's Legal Center of San Diego Fathers Support - 619-234-3838.

Encinitas Father Resource Center - 760-634-3237.

The Fathers Group - 858-558-0700.

Coalition of Parents' Support - 619-465-2677.


FRAGILE X SYNDROME:

Fragile X Resource Center of San Diego - 619- 697-6468 or fraxsocal.org.


GRIEF:

Elizabeth Hospice - North County: 760-737-2050.

San Diego Hospice - 619-688-1600.

Sharp Hospice Bereavement - La Mesa: 619-667-1821.

Multiple Loss with Survivor Sibling Support at Sharp Mary Birch - 858-939-4141or
View flyer.

The Family Treehouse - Imperial County: 760-355-0175 or 
wright-counselor@yahoo.com.


HEARING IMPAIRMENT:

Deaf Community Services - 619-398-2441.

Signs of Silence - group for teens: 760-744-1325.

HOH playgroup - 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/deafchildrenofsandiego/ 

ASL Story time at Borders Books - San Diegocdevereux@msn.com.


HEART DISEASE:

Children's Heart Institute - Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego 858-576-1700 x5799 or lespino@rchsd.org.


HEMOPHILIA:

Hemophilia Association - 858-560-8373.

Parents Networking Group - 619-325-3570.


KLINEFELTER'S SYNDROME:

Parent support -  619.318.3824, 619.261.4424 or sandiegoks47@yahoo.com.  


LUNG DISEASE:

American Lung Association - 760-761-4803.


MILITARY SUPPORT:

Exceptional Family Member Program:
MCRD San Diego:  619.524.8086 or
erin.vanko.ctr@usmc.mil.
Camp Pendleton: 760-725-5363 or San Onofre: 760-763-0868.
MCAS Miramar: 858-577-8644.

San Diego Armed Services YMCA - San Diego EFM Parent Group:  858-751-5755 x116 or ccobbs@asymcasd.org

Hospital Behavior Modification Group for Parents - 619-532-5666.

ADHD Groups - San Diego: 619-532-5666.

Association of Military Parents of Dependents with Disabilities (AMPDD) - 858-695-9415.

Dads on Duty - San Diego: 858-496-0044. 


MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS:

Multiple Sclerosis Society - 858-974-8640.


MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY:

Muscular Dystrophy Association - 858-492-9792.


OSTOMY:

Ostomy Support - 858-693-7966. 


PRADER-WILLI:

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association - Vista: 760-724-6985. 


RESPITE:

Together We Grow - Medically fragile child care and overnight weekend program in San Diego and Oceanside. togetherwegrow.org.  


RETT SYNDROME:

Support Group for girls with Rett Syndrome - 619-482-5282 or sdrett.org.  


SIBLING SUPPORT GROUP:

United Cerebral Palsy Sibling Support - 858-571-7803 x316. 


SENSORY PROCESSING  DISORDER:

Parent support - 858-505-9464 or sensational_kid@yahoo.com


SPINA BIFIDA:

Spina Bifida Association of Greater San Diego - 619-806-9065 or sbaofgsd@hotmail.com.

Spina Bifida Mommy and Me Group - 619-806-9065.  


TOURETTE SYNDROME:

San Diego Tourette Syndrome Association -619-437-4810.

Tourette Spectrum Disorder Association - 760-967-6791. 


TRISOMIES SUPPORT GROUP:

Support of Fetal Trisomies (S.O.F.T.) - 800-716-7638. 


VISION IMPAIRMENT:

Braille Foundation Support Group - 858-452-1111. 


WILLIAMS SYNDROME:
858-676-1883 or williamsyndrome.org. 



NON-SPECIFIC DISABILITY SUPPORT GROUPS:
Central San Diego:
Sibshops for siblings of children with special needs - 
mraybould@chsd.org.

 

Support Group for siblings of children with developmental disabilities - 858-571-7803 or www.ucpsd.org .

 

Friends With Open Minds - Teens and young adults (16-25 yrs) with and without disabilities: 858-571-7803.

 

"Let's Talk", "Baby & Me" and "Toddler & Me" Groups  858-272-9641 x143 or View Flyer.

Support for parents of twins in SDRC Early Start Program - San Diego: 858-503-4477.

Filipino-American Assoc. for Developmental Disabilities - 858-576-2980.

Drug/Alcohol Support for Regional Center Consumers - 619-336-6600..

Special needs playgroup -
sdplaygroup@hotmail.com.

People First Self-Advocacy Support - 619-645-3024.

Stepmom to Stepmom - stepmom2stepmom@gmail.com.  

 

East San Diego County:
Hand in Hand support for families of children with physical or developmental disabilities - 619-465-2288 or 619-465-1364.

 

Puzzled Parents - Special needs support in El Cajon: 619-922-8608 or puzzledparents.org

Drug/Alcohol Support for Regional Center Consumers  858-4576-2980.

Regional Center Support for siblings of children with disabilities - 858-576-2961.

North San Diego County:
Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions  Poway: 858-748-2594 or
http://www.powaypasscom.

 

UCP Self Advocacy Group  Escondido: 760-736-1200 or 858-503-4438. View flyer.

First Friday Club for parents of children with developmental disabilities - San Marcos: 760-736-1207. View flyer.

Support for parents of children in Early Start Program - San Marcos: 760-736-1200. View flyer.

Drug/Alcohol Support for Regional Center Consumers  San Marcos: 619-336-6600.

North County Network of Parents of children with special needs - 760-736-1200. View flyer.

 

Special Connections  Temecula: 951-699-3127 or specialconnections.homestead.com.

 

Coalition of Advocates for Special Learners  Temecula: 951-695-0339 or hmroby@aol.com.

Peer-to-Peer Parent Support  619-260-7658 or View flyer.

South San Diego County:

Evening support for parents of children 0 - 5 with special needs - 619-595-1631 or msebastyn@sdcoe.net or View flyer.


Drug/Alcohol Support for Regional Center Consumers - National City: 619-336-6600.

 

Imperial County:
Wellness Support - El Centro: 760-352-9413.

"Between Women" breast cancer awareness and prevention - 760-351-1774.

Infant Toddler Program Bilingual - 760-312-6641.

Peer Support by Access to Independence - 760-353-4191 or 760-353-2802TDD.


Drug/Alcohol Support for Regional Center Consumers - Imperial: 760-355-8383.

 

Basic Support Group Guidelines:
Respect and don't judge others; Listen and do not interrupt others; Support each other; Pass to the next person and don't monopolize sharing time; Empathy; Confidentiality; and Trust.
 

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