Parent Support/Info Groups

Coffee Talk at the Autism Discovery Institute

Coffee Talk presentations at the Autism Discovery Institute are designed to help provide support for parents by answering frequently asked questions regarding autism spectrum disorders and access to care. All Coffee Talk meetings include a brief informative presentation followed by ample time for question and answer. A schedule of upcoming presentations can be found on our Events and Tours page. Topics include:

  • Navigating the System – information on evaluations, funding sources, and accessing services
  • Understanding the ‘Spectrum’ in Autism Spectrum Disorders – an overview of the autism spectum including services that may be appropriate for varying needs
  • Structuring for Success – basic behavioral strategies and ways to implement structure in the home
  • Resources, Resources, Resources – participants will explore the Autism Resource Guide, learn about the variety of resources that are available in the community and receive help knowing where and how to look for needed services and supports

Parent Group

Parent Group is designed specifically for parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders to provide education about the diagnosis, special needs, impact on the family and community resources. It fulfills the initial Parent Group training required for new Regional Center clients.

Parent Group also offers the opportunity to develop supportive relationships among families of children with similar issues, as well as assists parents in becoming more effective teachers and advocates for their children by developing behavior management skills, an understanding of play development and special education/therapy options. The group runs eight hours, typically two hours for four consecutive weeks, has limited enrollment, and is facilitated by a professional.