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Anne Arundel County Asperger Support Group
375 Benfield Blvd
Severna Park, MD 21146
Sue
Hayward
410-544-6661
contacts@aacaps.org

Our group is dedicated to the advocacy and developmental needs of children who have beendiagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.We meet monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm (during the school year and excluding December).We meet on the 2nd floor of the office building at St. Martin in the Field Church; located at 375 Benfield Blvd in Severna Park; Maryland. Our meetings are open to the public; free of charge; registration free; and; best of all; we welcome everyone who has an interest in Aspergers Syndrome to attend.

Autism Chapter Eastern Shore; ACES
30467 Cannon Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
443-614-0344

The ACES Support Group serves the Wicomico County parents of special needs children. Our group has served area families for the past eight years. During that time we have provided the following services: Monthly Support Group with Childcare; Education Folder with Community Resources; IEP Assistance and Advocacy; Funding Trainings/Conferences; Community Awareness at Various Events; Funding for Hippotherapy; Lending Library; and Phone Support. Open to parents; teachers; siblings; and those with developmental disabilities. ACES is available for any age group from birth to adult.

Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake
P.O. Box 10855
Baltimore, MD 21234
410-655-7933

A support group for teenage siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum is held the first Thursday of most months at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital; 1708 W. Rogers Avenue; Baltimore 21209. Join us for a break-out session for teenage siblings of individuals with autism. These get-togethers are a chance for teens to get to know other siblings and to have some fun; with games and snacks provided. Parents can attend our regular support group while their children enjoy time with their peers. If you will be bringing your teen; please register them by emailing info@baltimoreautismsociety.org so we can be sure to have enough goodies for them! Check out our website calendar to confirm dates for the sibling support group meetings: http://www.baltimoreautismsociety.org/calendar-of-events/or call our info line at 410-655-7933.

Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland; Inc.
P.O. Box 2162
California, MD 20619
Terri
Griest
240-561-8860

The Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland provides support and information to families of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the Southern Maryland region. The Support Group offers a website; a forum; monthly meetings; newsletters; a Facebook page; a Twitter feed; camp scholarships; and workshops.

Baltimore County Sib Shops-Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 West Rogers Avenue
Baltimore, Md 21209
Sarah
Beale
410-578-5169

Sibshop Description: Sibshops is offered in Baltimore County for ages 8-13. We are a part of “Sibshops of Maryland” and have staff members Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital facilitate these sessions. We meet from 10:00-12:00 for 3 consecutive Saturdays in fall; spring; and summer. Come join the fun!

Calvert County Family & Friends of Special Needs Population Support Group
175 Main Street; Courthouse
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Erica
Haines
410-535-1600 x2542
301-855-1243 x2542
410-535-2233
Caroline County Sibshops
Caroline County Public Schools
Denton, MD 21629
Dolly
McMahon
204 Franklin Street
410-479-3609

Our Sibshops will be held 4 times a year; in the Fall and Spring for ages 5-9 and 10-14.

CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
4601 Presidents Drive
Lanham, MD 20706
E. Clarke
Ross
D.P.A.
Chief Executive Officer
Suite 300
301-306-7070
800-233-4050
301-306-7090

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD); is a national non-profit; tax-exempt (Section 501 (c) (3) ) organization providing education; advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD. In addition to our informative Web site; CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances; medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD. These materials include Attention! magazine; the CHADD Information and Resource Guide to AD/HD; News From CHADD; a free electronically mailed current events newsletter; as well as other publications of specific interest to educators; professionals and parents.

Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group of Fort Meade (Army)
McGill Training Center
Fort Meade, MD 20755
Caraline
Someck
8425 Zimborski Avenue
301-677-4122

This program is Open to Everyone, not just Exceptional Family Member Program members. The Army Exceptional Family Member Program assists military families to ensure that Exceptional Family Members receive comprehensive, coordinated special needs services through the military and/or civilian community.

Family Behavioral Services-Westmoreland County Location
400 Oakbrook Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Suite 2300
721-850-8118

Family Behavioral Resources provides a multitude behavioral health services throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania. Adhering to the CASSP Principles and Pennsylvania's Recovery and Resiliency model of care, our programs serve consumers, their families and surrounding communities throughout the lifespan and across many environments. You can learn more about our programs by visiting the links to the left.

FOCAS - Families of Children with Autism Support Group
862 Snowfall Way
Westminster, MD 21157
Sharon
Glass
President
410-857-1596
focascc@yahoo.com

Families of Children with Autism Support Group (FOCAS), Carroll County, Maryland, provides support to families of children with autism and those who provide services to them in Carroll County. In addition to monthly meetings, FOCAS provides other services and activities including, but not limited to, small support groups, resource lists, guest speakers and social gatherings.

Frederick County Chapter - Autism Society of America
PO Box 456
Buckeystown, MD 21717
Shawna
Capotosto
301-746-8080
301-695-3676
301-695-1250
Harbour School
11251 Dolfield Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD. 21117
Laura
Kelly
443-394-3760

Fall and Winter sibling workshops open to families not affiliated with the Harbour School.

Howard County Maryland Asperger's Syndrome Parent Support Group
none given
Columbia, MD
Elaine
McAuliffe
410-730-0068

Support Group for parents, family members, educators, and professionals

Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA)
200 Wood Hill Road
Rockville, MD 20850
301-816-2633
703-204-9100
contactus@jssa.org

JSSA's Autism Disorders Across the Lifespan services and programs provide support for the whole family (parents, siblings, and other family members) empowering them to make informed decisions and access needed services that maximize the quality of life, development potential, and functioning of their loved ones and the entire family as a unit. JSSA's services offer ongoing monitoring, support and education for the entire family through:Identification and assessment of child and family needs,Development of an integrated plan of care,Specialized counseling, groups, workshops and trainings,Specialized couples counseling and parent support, andService coordination with multiple providers including behavioral supports.

Jonathan Rhoads
3930 Knowles Ave.
Kensington, MARYLAND 20895
Jonathan
Rhoads
Suite 200
3016394036
3016394036
jmr@jmrlcswc.com

Jonathan Rhoads, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with children and teens diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other complex developmental diagnoses to develop positive coping strategies to manage anxiety and stress around regulating sensory inputs, especially in the context of developing appropriate social skills. He is particularly interested in helping children and teens with autism create healthy identities, relationships, and becoming strong self-advocates for their needs. He currently facilitates several successful social groups for young men with developmental disabilities through Potomac Community Resources. He gives talks on dating and relationships, social skills, and social media management and has been featured on CBS News 9 in a segment on dating resources for individuals with autism in the DMV area. I am expanding my practice to include a consultation service for parents to address specific behavior and daily functioning issues facing their children and families. Some of the issues I can assist parents with include: dating and relationship making and keeping friends; managing social media anxiety and cyber bullying; creating safe sensory environments; improving self-expression and communication skills; improving self-soothing and behavior management; understanding behavior's purpose as a tool of communication; developing behavior plans to replace inappropriate behaviors; strengthening relationships between parents and family member. While children with autism do share some similarities in their presentation, they are more often than not unique and require specialized interventions specific to them. Behaviors change with the child; what may have solved a behavior issue before may not work now, nor may inappropriate behaviors from early childhood be as disruptive as recently revealed ones. Using functional behavior analysis, detailed histories of past and presenting issues, collaboration with supporting providers, and proven therapeutic techniques, I work with parents to develop specific solutions designed around their children's unique needs. If you are struggling with helping your child or family member with autism manage a difficult life situation, please give me a call or email me.  I would be happy to speak with you about setting up a consultation, and start the process of helping you and your family fix the problem, not the person.

Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins Sibshops
1750 East Fairmount Avene
Baltimore, MD 21231
Lori
Erby
410-955-2313

The Sibshop is facilitated with staff from The Arc of Montgomery County, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and Abilities Network. We are a part of "Sibshops of Maryland". We meet one Saturday a month in Baltimore from 10 am-2 pm. We offer a spring and fall session for siblings 8-13 years old.

Kinera Foundation
115 Sallitt Dr. Suite C
Stevensville, MD 21666
Christy
Russell
443-926-6483
443-926-6483
Info@Kinera.org

Kinera Foundation will enhance the quality of life for children with special needs and their families by providing parent support groups, social activities, access to various therapies and treatments, while continuing to support inclusive and community programs. Services provided within the Hub are geared toward children with special healthcare needs, and are Patient/ Family Centered, coordinated, and centralized. Our therapists and specialists have years of training and experience in the pediatric field, and are focused on providing Family Centered Care.

Lollipop Kids Foundation
20 Southlawn Court
Rockville, MD 20852
Suite D
(202) 640-2035

Children with disabilities have the right to be given opportunities that allow them to live to their fullest potential. Too often, parents raising these children feel isolated socially and burdened financially, emotionally and physically. They are forced to make hard decisions and sacrifice substantially in areas that most could not imagine. The Lollipop Kids Foundation exists to combat social stigmas, ease the financial burden placed on these families, offer emotional support and provide a brief respite so that every child with a disability has access to a hope and a future. Services include an equipment lending closet, support and play groups, group community outings, an accessible sailing program, etc.

Maryland Sibling Network
Linthicum Heights, MD
410-914-7427
mdsibs@md-council.org

The new Maryland Sibling Support Network is designed to assist adult siblings to connect -- in person and online -- with other siblings who "get it" for support and information sharing.Adult siblings of people with disabilities are encouraged to attend the next forum sponsored by the newly forming adult Maryland Sibling Support Network. Come and learn more--there's no commitment!

NHS Human Services
620 E. Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
888-647-0020

For more than 10 years, NHS Human Services has provided quality behavioral health services to children and families who are affected by Pervasive Developmental Disorders, specifically Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (NOS), and Asperger Syndrome. In collaboration with families, professionals and other key stakeholders, NHS continues to develop unique autism services which can provide alternatives to traditional programming within a continuum of care. This coordinated and integrative approach is designed to meet the needs and behaviors associated with ASD from diagnosis to adulthood. Services are currently provided to approximately 2800 consumers with an ASD and their families.NHS currently provides the following services: •Licensed Private Academic Schools and classrooms •BHRS •Stepping Stones •Parent/Sibling Support Groups' •Family Based •Specialized Outpatient •Adult Autism Services •Respite •Consultation and Training

Sibshops of Maryland
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21209
Sarah
Beale
Sibshops of Maryland; Coordinator
1708 W. Rogers Avenue
410-478-5169
sibshops@mwph.org

Sibshops is a program for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Programs are held as follows:Fall Sessions - 8 to 13 years oldSpring Sessions - 4 to 7 years old and 8 to 13 years oldCall to register and for meeting information.

Starobin Counseling, LLC
Olney, MD 20832
Ms.
Caron
Starobin
Clinical Social Worker
3014175979

Starobin Counseling, LLC offers Parents Together, a parent support group program.   This program gives parents of autistic children and adolescents and parents of autistic young adults opportunities to enhance coping skills and gain insight and understanding of the emotional impact of ASD on the family system. It also offers parents time and tools to develop supportive relationships, share resources, and aims to strengthen the capacity of families to navigate the emotional and practical challenges of raising children and launching adolescents and young adults on the spectrum. The group has been going since Summer 2017, has both moms and dads participating, and offers a regular, real-time connection for families!

Starobin Counseling, LLC also offers individual, couples, and family counseling.  In individual, couples, & family counseling for people with autism individuals learn relationship skills and tools for thinking with greater flexibility, and family members learn ways to interact with greater ease and compassion. I also trained at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. and I'm earning certification in Relational Life Therapy.

Talk about Curing Autism Now
2222 Martin Street
Irvine, CA 92612
Alison
Hoffman
Chapter Coordinator
Suite 140
855-726-7810
949-640-4401
949-640-4424

Talk about Curing Autism is families with Autism supporting families with Autism. We hold monthly meetings in Maryland to support parents and families. We provide lectures on topics to assist with children on the Autism spectrum such as occupational therapy; Floortime; and nutrition. We have a strong mentor program where caregivers can apply for a mentor to help them at any stage of the Autism journey.

The Arc of Frederick County
620 A- Research Court
Frederick, MD. 21703
Alicia
Nunn
301-663-0909
171
anunn@arcfc.org

Free workshops for siblings, ages 5-11.

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