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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:

para familias de niñosy 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
Apoyo para familias de niños con Síndrome de Down - Volante de San Diego 619-594-7389
Apoyo para familias de niños (todaslasedades) con necesidadesespeciales - Volante de National City 619-470-5227, 619-594-7391 or 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: visit website for all groups or call 858-715-0678.
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 - 858-365-7135 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.

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

 
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