Special Needs Support Groups
Editor’s Note: While all attempts have been made to make these lists as accurate as possible, times and program availability may be subject to change. Please check information in advance to avoid disappointment.
• Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America – New England Chapter offers workshops monthly on a variety of topics and support groups. 617-965-7771.
• Emerson Hospital’s Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month, from 4-5pm, in the Hospital’s Donaldson Conference Room, 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, and provides ongoing support to men and women with all types of cancers. 978-287-3189.
• Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders. The organization provides education, outreach, and advocacy to support families 781-890-0220; familyaware.org.
• Families with Diabetes is a support group for families with children who have Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes. The group helps parents connect with others near them for in-person get-togethers and offers online support. email@example.com; health.groups.yahoo.com/group/familieswithdiabetes.
• Family TIES (Together In Enhancing Support) provides statewide information and parent-to-parent support for families of children with special needs and chronic illness. 800-905-TIES; massfamilyties.org.
• Hurts, Hang-Ups and Habits Support Group meets on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at Crossroads Childcare Center, 1301 Edgell Road, Framingham, and addresses issues like anger, resentment, anxiety, depression, grief and addictions. 508-877-7733, ext. 3; firstname.lastname@example.org.
• International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting vaginal birth after Cesarean. 617-472-4880; ican-online.org.
• Malden Down Syndrome Support Group meets from 10am to noon, the second Saturday of each month. 781-605-1691; email@example.com.
• Minuteman Early Intervention in West Concord serves infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays and individuals of all ages with specific developmental disabilities and their families. 978-371-1543; minutemanarc.org.
• Parents of ADD/ADHD Kids (PAK), a support group for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, generally meets the second Wednesday of the month. PAK welcomes all parents and guardians to share stories, ideas, books, doctors and more. PAK-Foxboro@comcast.net.
• Parents of Children with Epilepsy is a support group for parents of children with epilepsy in the Framingham area. 508-405-0770; www.pocwe2hotmail.com.
• Parents of Kids with Food Allergies Support Group meets the first Monday of each month at the Morse Library, 14 East Central St., Natick. Meet other parents and share your concerns, recipes and support. 508-481-7557.
• Sensory Processing Disorder–Parent Connections is a free, monthly drop-in group providing support, information, and understanding to caretakers of children with SPD. Group discussions, resources, and guest speakers. Sponsored by the Spiral Foundation. Meets the second Thursday of the month. 617-964-0138.
• Special Needs Support Group of Canton is open to all families and parents/guardians who parent a child with special needs or learning disabilities. Contact/RSVP: Grace Burega at 781-821-0481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Support Group for Parents of Children with Mental Health Issues, First and third Thursday of every month, 7- 9pm, Wayside Youth and Family Services, 118 Central St., Waltham. Are you the parent or caregiver of a child or young adult with behavioral or mental health issues? Are you feeling alone and isolated? Are you overwhelmed by dealing with ‘the system’, paperwork and phone calls, or just ‘burned out’? Do you know how to access medical, mental health or special education services for your child? Do you just need to talk to other parents and caregivers who understand? Contact Judi Maguire, Parent Support Coordinator,781- 891-0556 ext. 34 email@example.com.
• TrachCare, a nonprofit organization, offers support and information to parents, caregivers and healthcare providers of children who have, or previously had, a tracheotomy, and children who are on ventilator support. trachcare.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services to families who qualify for this national program. 800-WIC-1007; mass.gov.
• The Wellness Community of Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization providing psychological, social and educational support programs and services for cancer patients as well as for their loved ones. 617-332-1919.