Special Needs Support Groups

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Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) offers free monthly support groups and parent-to-parent training around the Bay Area. chadd.org.

San Francisco/Peninsula

The Avalon Academy provides a family-focused approach to providing educational services to children with movement disorders such as cerebral palsy. 818 Mahler Road, Burlingame. 650-777-9130. theavalonacademy.org.


Community Gatepath is the largest nonprofit organization serving people with disabilities in San Mateo County. Its children’s services department offers parent-to-parent support, intervention services, a family resource center, Links Preschool and speech, occupational and physical therapy. 1764 Marco Polo Way, Burlingame. 650-259-8544. gatepath.com/childrens.


PARCA, a 60-year-old nonprofit serving children with developmental disabilities and their families, offers support groups for children and their families, childcare and residential and respite care and holds special events throughout the year. 800 Airport Blvd., #320, Burlingame. 650-312-0730. parca.org.


The nonprofit Parents Education Network helps families with children who have learning or attention difficulties. It offers support groups, school liaisons, conferences, lectures and workshops. 281A 16th Ave., San Francisco. 415-751-2237. parentseducationnetwork.org.


The Parents Place Center for Special Needs, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, offers parent education workshops, advocacy and support, individual and family counseling and socialization groups for kids. 1710 Scott St., San Francisco. 415-359-2454. parentsplaceonline.org.


The nonprofit Support for Families of Children with Disabilities offers families information to make informed choices for their children with special health needs. It offers support groups, a parent-mentor program and an annual resource fair. 2601 Mission St., #300, San Francisco. 415-282-7494. supportforfamilies.org.

  East Bay

The CARE Parent Network offers peer support and information and helps parents find the best resources to meet their child’s needs. 1340 Arnold Dr., #127, Martinez. 925-370-1818. contracostaarc.org.


The Family Resource Network of Alameda County provides family support, parent training, social and recreation opportunities and more. 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland. 510-547-7322. frnoakland.org.


Silicon Valley

AchieveKids offers support groups for families and therapy and specialized schooling for children with severe behavioral problems related to ADD, mood disorders, autism, psychosis and more. 1212 McGuiness Ave., San Jose. 408-928-5777. achievekids.org.


The nonprofit Friends of Children with Special Needs provides peer support and life skills training to roughly 600 mostly Asian, developmentally disabled individuals and their families. 3675 Payne Ave., San Jose. 2300 Peralta Blvd., Fremont. 510-739-6900. fcsn1996.org.


Parents Helping Parents (PHP) offers early intervention, support and information for families with special-needs children of all ages. Specific support groups are available throughout Silicon Valley for families with kids with autism, ADHD, physical disabilities, Down and fragile x syndromes as well as for specific ethnic groups. 1400 Parkmoor Ave., #100, San Jose. 408-727-5775. php.com.


The Parents Place Center offers many services including evaluations, support, advocacy, therapy and family counseling. 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. 650-688-3046. parentsplaceonline.org.


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