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 Isolation is one of the biggest problems for families who have a member with special needs. There are so many factors that contribute to that isolation, and one factor leads to another. Every person on earth was designed to live life with other people. And relationships with trusted others are especially important during hard times.

Of course you can connect with people who are in different situations or life stages. In fact, having those relationships are good and healthy! But it’s also helpful to connect with people who “get it”. No two situations are the same, but special needs families tend to support each other in unique ways. Other parents can provide tips to navigate the school system, organizations that have been helpful, therapist recommendations, etc. And sometimes it’s just nice to know that you’re safe to share the hard stuff without being judged or making people uncomfortable.

If you’re looking for community with other parents who “get it”, there are variety of options. Here are some ways that you can get support and encouragement from others!

 

United Through H.O.P.E

  • Meetups for the whole family, including parent and sibling support groups

Cook Children’s Support Groups

  • For patients, parents and family members (including siblings) coping with a serious illness, injury, or chronic medical condition (including emotional & behavioral issues)

PARENTS

Bent Tree Bible support group

Grupo de Familias Unidas

  • Spanish-speaking group through Down Syndrome Guild

Warren Center support groups

  • Monthly groups in Richardson, Carrollton and Garland

  • Free childcare available

FEAT-NT support groups

  • For parents of children/teens/adults with autism & Asperger’s

  • Free childcare available

  • Groups also offered for individuals with high-functioning autism & Asperger’s

St. Ann Parent Support Group

  • St. Ann in Coppell (180 Samuel Blvd, Coppell, Room 323)

  • 2nd Friday of the Month, 7:00-8:30 (dates subject to change, contact before coming)

  • Nursery, Child Activity Room, and Teen/Young Adult Room available

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)

  • Coffee Talks and other events around the metroplex

Bryan’s House

  • Support groups, financial counseling and case management

SIBLINGS

The Sibling Support Project

INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

FEAT-NT support groups

  • For tweens (3rd-8th grade), teens and adults with high-functioning autism & Asperger’s