Parent and Sibling Support Groups – all disabilities (Maryland)

MAPS (Mother’s Alliance for Prayer and Support), (3rd Wed., 7:30-9:00 PM). Spiritual group for mothers of special needs kids. Come if you need moral support – this is a group to share joys and sorrows. Cloverly area, Silver Spring. MAPS, Jeanne T., 301-879-9539 (Fall 2008).

Parent to Parent Evening Moms Group (1st Tues., 7:30 – 10:00 PM). Meet other parents of children with developmental disabilities, exchange ideas, learn and have fun. The Arc of MC, 11600 Nebel St., Rockville. Offered by the Parent-to-Parent Program of the Arc of Montgomery County, No childcare. (DISCONTINUED JULY 2008, New contact at Arc for support groups, Asha Clark, Assistant Director of Family and Community Resources, ashac@arcmontmd.org.)

MCITPfamiliestalk – Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers’ family -to-family support resource for parents, grand parents/caregivers of children with special needs birth to 3 years old. Amy Kealiher, Montgomery County Infants & Toddlers Program, Family Support Network Coordinator, http://groups.google.com/group/mcitpfamiliestalk. (2008)

Montgomery County Transitioning Young Adults (MCTrans) (1st or 2nd Sat, 10 AM). A discussion and support group for families and young adults (17+) with mild to significant disabilities as they transition from school age entitlements in Maryland to adulthood. Members include families of young adults as well as interested professionals working in pre-and post-transitioning services. Meeting location varies often at MC Arc, 11600 Nebel St., Rockville. Affiliated yahoogroup located at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MCTrans/ or subscribe by sending message to MCTrans-subscribe@yahoogroup.com. Group co-moderator – Reda Sheinberg, rjsheinberg@yahoo.com, http://www.mctransitions.org/ (Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 2008)

Monthly MCPS Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting (SEAC)- (topic of discussion) (usually 4th Thurs., 7:00-7:30 PM, open forum; 7:30-9:30 PM, speakers). These monthly meetings consist of period of public comments, Dept. of Special Education updates, and a speaker or discussion on various special education issues. These meetings are open to the public. Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rm. 127, Rockville. Community members (parents) who wish to be included in the open forum, email or Leslie Brents, brentswatts@earthlink.net, Joan Sabaka, VALNTINE20@aol.com or Anne Turner, adturn88@verizon.net. (Fall 2008)

Transition Times For Parents of Young Adults Leaving High School (usually 3rd. Wed., 7:30 – 9:00 PM) Transition Times is a group for parents seeking information regarding the process of transitioning from high school to young adulthood. The Arc of MC, 11600 Nebel St., Rockville. Co-sponsored by the Arc of MC, Haydee DePaula, 301-984-5777 ext. 265, and Potomac Community Resources, Seth Duncan, seth@pcr-inc.org, 301-365-0561. Register on line at www.pcr-inc.org. (Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 21, 2008).

Support Group for Families of Children with Disabilities (3rd Tues., 7:15 – 8:45 PM). Ongoing monthly group for parents and family members of children with disabilities to share joys, sorrow, hopes and fears, coping mechanisms and strategies for living for today and planning for the future. JSSA, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. Jewish Social Service Agency, Martha Mervis, LCSW, 301-610-8371. (Sept. 16, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, 2008, Jan. 20, 2009). Pre-registration required.

Support Group for Families of Children with Disabilities (Tues., 10:30 – 11:30 AM). Ongoing monthly group for parents and family members of children with disabilities to share joys, sorrow, hopes and fears, coping mechanisms and strategies for living for today and planning for the future. 200 Wood Hill Rd.., Rockville. Jewish Social Service Agency, Ruth Berger, LGSW, 301-610-8357. (Starts. Nov. 4, 2008). Pre-registration required.

Siblings of
Siblings of Special Needs Brothers/Sisters ($, TBA, after school, PM or Wknd.). For children with a sibling that requires much family attention, this group gives children a place to turn for social support, understanding and problem solving. Kentlands Therapy Office, 352 Main Street, Suite 200, Gaithersburg. Offered by Loriann Oberlin Counseling & Mediation, LLC, 301-461-8528, loriann.lcpc@loriannoberlin.com, www.loriannoberlin.com, Loriann Oberlin, LCPC. Intake session required. Ongoing groups forming (Sept. 2008).

Support Group for Siblings of Children with Disabilities, Mons., TBD PM, $15/session, $90/series, pre-payment required). An excellent opportunity for siblings of children with disabilities to meet and share feelings in a safe relaxed environment. JSSA, 200 Wood Hill Rd., Rockville. Offered by the Jewish Social Services Agency, Katie Giganti, LGSW & Ruth Berger LGSW, 301-816-2633. (Runs Feb. 18 – Mar. 24, 2008).

SPECIAL EDUCATION/ADVOCACY
EDAct Group, (variable.). This coalition of parents and advocates committed to promoting appropriate and effective education and therapeutic services for students with emotional disabilities. Call for location. Reda Sheinberg, 301-384-2960, rsheinberg@yahoo.com, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EDAct/. (2008)

GIFTSNVA, 4th Mon., 7:00 PM. Support group for parents homeschooling special needs children to encourage each other and exchange ideas. Invited speakers and discussions on a variety of topics including curricula, strategies, and therapies. Children have LD, AD/HD, ASD, Down Syndrome and or/other conditions. Reston Bible Church, 11979 North Shore Dr., Reston. To join affiliated Yahoogroup or more information contact Kathy Kuhl or Pat Whittle, <GiftsNVA-owner@yahoogroups.com> include ages of children. (Sept. 22, 2008).

MCNeeds Meeting (1st Sun., 4:00 – 6:00 PM). Network/support/ advocacy group of parents with children with special needs in Montgomery County. Meets every other month. Check Yahoogroup or website for details. Heritage Christian Church, Norwood & New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MCneeds, www.MCneeds.org. (2008)

Monthly MCPS Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting (SEAC)- (topic of discussion) (usually 4th Thurs., 7:00-7:30 PM, open forum; 7:30-9:30 PM, speakers). These monthly meetings consist of period of public comments, Dept. of Special Education updates, and a speaker or discussion on various special education issues. These meetings are open to the public. Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr., Rm. 127, Rockville. Community members (parents) who wish to be included in the open forum, email Joan Sabaka, VALNTINE20@aol.com, Leslie Brents, brentswatts@earthlink.net or Anne Turner, adturn88@verizon.net. (Fall 2008)

Monthly Moms Lunch Out (3rd Thurs., 11:30 AM). Moms of kids with special needs get together for lunch or just a cup of coffee and share and support each other. Rockville or Olney. Laura Swerdlin, lauarswerderlin@comcast.net, please RSVP with name, phone number (Sept. 2008).

Monthly Moms Night Out (1st Thurs., 7:30 PM.). Moms of kids with special needs get together for dinner or just a cup of coffee and share and support each other. Rockville or Olney. Laura Swerdlin, lauarswerderlin@comcast.net, please RSVP with name, phone number by Jan. 23 to make reservations (Sept. 2008).

Montgomery Home Learning Network Meeting (4th Tues., 7:00 – 8:30 PM). A support and networking group for homeschooling families in Montgomery County. Homeschoolers of all educational and religious philosophies welcome. Wheaton Library, large meeting rm., 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton . Sponsored by MHLN, jsangillo@mindspring.com, Emily Mellgren, emily@erdelynet.com, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MHLNnet, http://www.mhln.info (Sept. 9, Oct. 14, 2008, Nov. 11-at someone’s home, Dec. 29-at restaurant TBD, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, April 14, May 12, 2009).

Transition Times For Parents of Young Adults Leaving High School (usually 3rd. Wed., 7:30 – 9:00 PM) Transition Times is a group for parents seeking information regarding the process of transitioning from high school to young adulthood. The Arc of MC, 11600 Nebel St., Rockville. Co-sponsored by the Arc of MC, Haydee DePaula, 301-984-5777 ext. 265, and Potomac Community Resources, Seth Duncan, seth@pcr-inc.org, 301-365-0561. Register on line at www.pcr-inc.org. (Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 21, 2008).

SPECIFIC DIAGNOSIS
Al-Anon Family Meeting (Mon., Wed. & Fri., 1-2:00 PM.). First Baptist Church of Rockville, 55 Adclare Rd., Rockville. Sponsored by Washington Metropolitan Area Al-Anon/Alateen Information Service (WMAAIS), 202-882-1334, ( 10/10/07 Gazette).

Al-Anon Family Meeting (Sun., 1-2:00 PM.). Covenant United Methodist Church, 20301 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Montgomery Village. Sponsored by Washington Metropolitan Area Al-Anon/Alateen Information Service (WMAAIS), 202-882-1334, (10/10/07 Gazette).

Cerebral Palsy, Family Support Group for Parents of Young Children with. For parents of children under 4 years old with cerebral palsy. Location & time to be determined. United Cerebral Palsy of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, if interested call Mary Mitchell, 301-459-0566, ext. 17, UCPCounsel@aol.com, marym@netathon.org, www.ucppgmc.com/. (2007 – haven’t had the support group for a while but could do one if there is enough of a demand.).

CP Parents. Provides a personal parent to parent type support network for parents of children with Cerebral Palsy. The list serve is open to all residents of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and D.C. Make new friends, share your experiences and trade ideas. Monthly gatherings in select areas. CPPARENTSVA-subscribe@yahoogroups.com, more information by contacting Melissa Curry, Mbcurry01@verizon.net or CPPARENTSVA-owner@yahoogroups.com, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CPPARENTSVA/ (2008)

Deaf Adults Support Group, $15/session (may be insurance reimbursable), day/time TBA. Support group for adults (ages 25+) to share hopes, fears, coping mechanisms and strategies for improving relationships. Group will focus on mental health issues affecting relationships=; how to live for the today and plan for the future. JSSA, 200 Wood Hill Rd, Rockville. Jewish Social Service Agency, Lizabeth Katz, LCSW-C, lkatz@jssa.org, register at TTY 301-309-2597, V 301-838-4200 (Fall 2008).

Deaf-Parent Network. JSSA is continually forming additional groups based on individuals’ and parents’ specific needs and requests. Please call 301-838-4200 (voice), 301-309-2597 (TTY) to inquire about groups or to convey a specific need. JSSA, 200 Wood Hill Rd. Rockville. (Oct. 2, 2008 – Internet Safety)

Downs Syndrome, Network of Montgomery County. (1st Mon., 7:30 PM). Support and informational meetings. Consider joining the Yahoogroup – at dsnmc@yahoogroups.com. Arc of MC, 11600 Nebel St., Rockville. DSNMC info-line, 301-916-4985 (9am – 10PM), http://www.dsnmc.org/ (2008).

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Support Group of Northern Virginia (2nd Tues., 7:00 – 8:45 PM). This group is for people with the condition, their families and friends and interested health care professionals. Reston Regional Library, Bowman Town Dr., Reston. Sponsored by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Lydia Klene, 703-471-8929, www.nofas.org. (Oct. 14, 2008).

Metro Area Support Group for Those Dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (every other month 3rd Sat., 1:00-3:00 PM, 3rd Tues., 1:00-3:00 PM). This group is for people with the condition, their families and friends and interested health care professionals. Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Private Dining Rm., #1, Silver Spring. Sponsored by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Dr. Erin Frey, 202-785-4585, frey@nofas.org, www.nofas.org. (Oct. 18, 2008).

Fragile X Resource Group, (2nd Sat., every third month, 3:00 – 4:30 PM). Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Rd, Germantown. Sponsored by the Maryland Fragile X Resource Group, Kristen Head, kmhead129@aol.com, 301-926-0576, www.mdfragilex.org, for childcare contact Melissa Blount, fraxmom@gmail.com. (Nov. 8, 2008, time TBD at KKI Baltimore, Feb. 14, 2009 at Neelsville PC)

Monthly Custom Hearts/Mended Little Hearts of DC Support Program, (3rd Tues., 7 PM). Support group for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease. Ronald McDonald House of DC, 1326 Quincy St., NE Washington DC. Sponsored by Custom Hearts, Kristin or Jennifer, 443-235-0943, 410-980-1190, customhearts@gmail.com, www.customhearts.org (Oct. 21, 2008)

Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Family Support Group for Children with (last Wed., 7:30 PM). These meetings will provide an opportunity for families coping with Type 1 diabetes to learn about the latest research, new equipment and general health information and to network with other families. Children are welcome. Davis Public Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd. Sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Barbara Kahl, 301-530-3656, kahldolan@verizon.net, www.jdrfcapitol.org. (Oct. 29, Nov. 12, 2008, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, April 29, May 27, 2009).

Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Family Support Group for Children with (1st Thurs., 7:00 PM). These meetings will provide an opportunity for families coping with Type 1 diabetes to learn about the latest research, new equipment and general health information and to network with other families. Children are welcome. Montgomery General Hospital, 18111 Prince Philip Dr., Olney. Sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Joyce Charles, 301-774-8727, www.jdrfcapitol.org. (Fall 2008)

Abilities Network Support Group for Epilepsy (3rd Thurs., 6:00 PM). A support group for adults with epilepsy and/or seizure disorders and their loved ones/caregivers to share concerns, exchange information and address the dynamics of living well with seizure disorder. Abilities Network, 1738 Elton Rd., Suite 312, Silver Spring. Sponsored by the Abilities Network/Epilepsy Foundation Chesapeake Region, An Tran, 301-431-7740 (Summer 2008).

Living with Epilepsy Support Group for Parents (2nd Sun., TBD). A support group for parents of children with epilepsy and/or seizure disorders. McLean Bible Church, Rm. 110, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, Jackie Mills Fernald, 703-770-2942, jackiemillsfernald@mcleanbible.org. Meets June 8, 2008.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group (Weds, 7:00-8:00 PM). A support group with guest speakers on topics of interest. Falls Church High School, Entrance – Rm. 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, Dana Douglas, 703-425-6660. Meets Oct. 2008.

Sensory Processing Disorders Parent Support Group (1st Sun., 7:00 PM). Free group with invited speakers for parents of children with sensory processing issues. OT Ventures, 3616 Horned Owl Ct., Ellicott City. Sponsored by OT Ventures, Jamie Levine, 443-812-6396, http://www.ot-ventures.com/, ot-ventures@hotmail.com. (Fall 2008).

Support Group for Parents of Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (2nd Wed., 7:00 – 8:30 PM) Location to be determined. Sponsored by the KID Foundation, hosted by Howard Pollock & Frandi Mars, 301-570-3393, My_rye_rye@yahoo.com, www.kidfoundation.org. Call or email to confirm meeting location. (Fall 2008).

Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children (Mon., 11AM or 8:30 PM, $fee). Group lead by experienced psychotherapist of a special needs child. Different themes each week, identify similar issues, help with resources, and learn to reduce stress. Expressive Therapy Center, 14808 Physicians La., Rockville. Marci M. Fenton, LCSW-C, 240-246-4557 (starts Feb. 2008).

Tourette Syndrome Support Group Montgomery/Howard County (TBD). TBD. Sponsored by the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington (TSAGW), 301-681-4133, tsagw@aol.com, www.tsagw.org/ (Fall 2008 looking to establish group, please call.)

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