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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.

EFRC Support Groups:

Apoyo para familias de niños y adolescentes con autismo - Volante de Chula Vista  800-281-8252

Support for families of children with Down syndrome - Central San Diego Flyer   619-594-7389

Support for families of children with Down syndrome - North San Diego Flyer  760-761-5524

Apoyo para familias de niños con Síndrome de Down - Volante de San Diego   619-594-7389

Apoyo para familias de niños con Síndrome de Down - Volante de Imperial  760-639-8363/760-355-0147

Apoyo para familias de niños (todas las edades) con necesidades especiales - Volante de National City  619-470-5227, 619-594-7391 o 800-281-8252

Community Support Groups (listed by disability)
ALZHEIMER'S:

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

ARTHRITIS:

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

ASTHMA:

Asthma support in El Centro, CA.  760.482.0978

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER:

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

Informational Meetings for Adults with ADD - 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:

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

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

Children's Autism Intervention Center at Children's Hospital - 858-966-7453. Support for newly diagnosed - 858-966-5416. 
 
CARES Autism social skills group - for youth ages 8-17. (858) 444-8823 x1213.

Coffee Talk - Carlsbad and San Marcos: 858-715-0678 or autismsocietysandiego.org

Empowering Autism Now - San Diego Young Adult Support at Access to Independence: valeriechiappone@gmail.com or 619-750-8231.

Parent Support for San Diego Unified School District Resource Students with Autism - 858-490-8520.

SPAYA (Supporting the Parents of Young Adults with Autism) - spaya@san.rr.com or 619-266-2723.

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) parent group - tacanow.org

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

Autism Support of Imperial County - 760-337-2107 or autismofimperial.homestead.com

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.

Autism Support for Dad’s - 858-679-8800 or Juan.Leon@NFAR.org

Autism Support for Mom's - Contact Sharon.leon@nfar.org

BRAIN INJURY: 

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation support - 858-272-2090 or sdbif.org/supportgroups.html

San Diego Traumatic Brain Injury Circles of Support for Parents and Caregivers - sdtbichildren.blogspot.com or tbichildren@gmail.com

BURN SURVIVORS: 

UCSD Burn Support Group - 619-466-6291.

CANCER:

Families Supporting Families - 858-576-1700 x5429. 

CARDIAC:

Cardiac parent support group. 858-576-1700 x5799 or lespino@rchsd.org.

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:

Home of Guiding Hands support for parents and siblings - El Cajon:  619-938-2880 or counseling@guidinghands.org     


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.  

Support for adults with developmental disabilities with substance abuse issues.  619-336-6600.

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.
View Details: Central San Diego Flyer  l   Spanish Flyer  l   North County Flyer

DS DS Family Playdates - meets monthly. 858-705-2662 or scbringier@aol.com.

Down Syndrome Association of Imperial Valley -  760-639-8363 / 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 in the community.

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.

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDER:

Support for parents/caregivers of children with FASD - 619-865-4991, peggycombs@gmail.com or
Valerie at vallipow@aol.com.

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: 619-667-1900 or sharp.com/hospice.

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 Diego: cdevereux@msn.com.

Listen with your heart bilingual support - Calexico: 760-222-6359 or listenwithyourheart@live.com

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:

Camp Pendleton Parent to Parent Peer Support - Winona.Britt@usmc-mccs.org or (760) 725-3175

Exceptional Family Member Program:
MCRD San Diego:  619.524.8086.
Camp Pendleton: 760-725-5363 or San Onofre: 760-763-0868.
MCAS Miramar: 858-577-8644.
Coffee Talk Support Group: 760-725-3175 or butlerc@usmc-mccs.org Camp Pendleton

Fleet & Family Support Center San Diego - 619-571-4781 or 858-277-4259.

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. 

Home of Guiding Hands Sibling Activity Group - 619-938-2880 or counseling@guidinghands.org

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:

Tourette Syndrome Support -Poway:  Jeanie Spooner 858-486-2659.

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 at Alcott – 858-272-9641 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.  
 
Support for Caregivers - 858-268-4432 or www.caregivercenter.org.

Support group for mothers of kids with special needs. View flyer or  sarah@professionalfriend.net

Young Life Capernaum San Diego Club – Teens/young adults with special needs. ylcapernaumsd@gmail.com

YMCA COMPASS Family Center - Groups & Services: 619-543-9850 x12431 or mmorais@ymca.org
 
East San Diego County:
Hand in Hand support for families of children with physical or developmental disabilities - 619-465-2288 or 619-465-1364.
 
Parent Support by Home of Guiding Hands - 619-938-2880 or counseling@guidinghands.org

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 - 619-596-1022 or View flyer.
 
Santee Peers social group for consumers ages 18 and older. 619-596-1023 or djackson@sdrc.org 

North San Diego County:
San Diego Parents Network for Children with Special Needs - 858-521-0895. View Flyer.
 
Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions – Poway: 858-748-2594 or http://www.powaypasscom.

First Friday Club for parents of children with developmental disabilities - San Marcos: 760-736-1200.

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

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

Support group for parents and caregivers of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) - San Diego. dsimmes@ucsd.edu

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

Special Needs Nexus is a new upport community for parents, professionals and people with special needs -  760-496-9074 or northcountynexus@gmail.com
 
Special Connections – Temecula: 951-699-3127 or specialconnections.homestead.com.
 
Coalition of Advocates for Special Learners – Temecula: 951-695-0339 or hmroby@aol.com.

Ramona Peers social group for consumers ages 18 and older. 619-596-1048 or cwuttke@sdrc.org

South San Diego County:
Drug/Alcohol Support for Regional Center Consumers – National City: 619-336-6600.

South Bay Social Forum for adult consumers. 619-336-6600.

United Families Bilingual parent support. 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.

 


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