Workshops, Clinics, and Peer Groups


Tor register, fill out our online registration forms when available,
call us at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.
Interpretation and childcare are available free of charge
with one weeks' advanced notice.



Medical and Dental Visits Made Easier

Thursday, September 21st; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Participants will learn a variety of methods to help make medical and dental visits with their children easier for them and their child. Various strategies such as desensitization, reinforcement, priming and role play will be discussed. The group will also explore what to look for when choosing a medical professional for their child, as well as how to discuss their child's needs prior to the appointment to help things go as smoothly as possible.

Presented by Gateway Learning Group

More information - Trilingual

Local Author Phyllis Grilikhes Reads From
Autism's Stepchild:
A Mother's Story

Thursday, October 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Autism's Stepchild is a non-technical human story of family love and friendship that shows what it was like for a family who had a daughter with autism before much was known about the syndrome. Back before WWII, Phyllis met a girl and her mother in the park and noticed the girl moved in a strange, but determined way. She got to know Jean, and her mother, Dora, and this book follows the family's journey, capturing moments of joy, humor, sorrow, frustration, along with providing some historical background on how we came to understand autism. The book ultimately ends on a hopeful note, as Jean finds a residential home where she enjoys living and can receive the support she needs.

Presented by Phyllis Grilikhes

More Information - Trilingual

Beyond Eye Contact: An Introduction to the RDI Program

Saturday, October 14th; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Building on the emerging science of neuro-plasticity, RDI™ is a cognitive developmental approach that makes actual neurological changes over time that provide the affected individual with the skills needed to navigate life’s challenges on their own. By developing a individual’s capacity for dynamic thinking, RDI can open the door to the possibility of a greater quality of life, one that includes:

* Reciprocal communication
* Genuine friendships
* Meaningful employment
* Confident, independent living
* Prolonged relationships

Presented by Page Ive

More Information - Trilingual

Taking Action Toward Internation Exchange, Study, and Volunteer Opportunities for Women with Disabilities

Tuesday, September 26th; 6:00pm

Are you a woman with a disability? Are you interested in international programs, anywhere from hesitant to ready to pack your bags and go? This workshop is targeted for you, and everyone is welcome. Historically women with disabilities have not participated in international exchange such as study, teach, volunteer or work abroad, and this workshop is a step toward addressing that problem.

Presented by Page Ive

More Information - Trilingual

Workplace Rights of Pregnant Women and New Parents

Tuesday, October 10th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

In this workshop you will learn about the various employment protections for pregnant women and new parents, including a workers’ right to time off, paid leave and accommodations for: pregnancy, bonding and breastfeeding. It will also include detailed information on the new San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO), which provides new parents with up to 6 weeks of fully paid leave to bond with a new child.

Presented by Jenna Gerry

More Information - Trilingual



See calendar for exact dates

Transition to Adult Services

4th Thursdays; 4pm - 6pm

Presented by SFCD. Learn about special education transition services for children age 16 and over, and how to effectively participate in the development of your child’s transition plan.  See calendar for next Transition Clinic.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

English: 2nd Thursdays; 4pm - 6pm
Spanish: 3rd Thursdays; 4pm - 6pm
Chinese: 1st Thursdays; 6pm - 8pm

Presented by SFCD. Offered in English, Spanish, and Cantonese.  Learn about Special Education law, the IEP process, what to do when things aren’t working, and how to become a more active and effective team member.  See calendar for next Transition Clinic.

To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.


Peer Groups

See calendar for exact dates.

Spanish-Speaking Down Syndrome Parent Group

1st Tuesdays; 630pm - 830pm

Spanish-Speaking Parent Group

2nd Wednesdays; 10am - 12pm

Speech Apraxia Parent Group

4th Tuesdays; 6pm - 730pm

Parents of Transition Age Youth

1st Tuesdays; 615pm - 815pm

Tuesday Night Group

1st and 3rd Tuesdays; 645pm - 830pm

UCSF Inpatient Parent Group

Every Thursday; 4pm - 530pm

Autism Parent Group

4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:15pm

ASL Support Group

2nd Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
More info

Cantonese-Speaking Parent Group

2nd Saturdays; 1pm - 3pm

Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group

For Cantonese-speaking families of children with special needs.  Meets at the CCDC
3rd Mondays; 930am - 12pm

Down Syndrome Parent Group

3rd Thursdays; 7pm - 815pm

Living With Loss: Loss, Hope and Healing

A group for parents/caretakers of medically fragile children and children facing life threatening illness.
2 Mondays each month. Call 415-920-5040 for dates.

Prader-Willi Parent Group

Quarterly, Saturdays.
Call 415-920-5040 for dates.



To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.

Groups for Youth

See calendar for exact dates.

Transition AAC Group

Every Monday; 3pm - 430pm

Young AAC Kids Conversation Club

2nd Wednesdays; 330pm - 430pm

Asian & Pacific Islanders Disability Group for Youth 18-30

4th Saturdays; 1pm - 230pm

Conversation Club for AAC Users

Every Monday; 430pm - 530pm

To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.