Workshops, Clinics, and 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.



Special Education Discipline Basics

Saturday, February 10th
8:30am - 12:30pm

Understanding your legal rights when your special needs child misbehaves at school can be confusing. This presentation will explain the basics of the special education discipline process, as well as when your child may be subject to non-special education discipline. We will discuss an overview of IEP behavioral supports and what happens when the supports are not sufficient. The presentation also will address manifestation determination IEPs, special education rights in the discipline process, and what to do if your child has not yet qualified for services.

More Information - Trilingual

Workplace Rights of Pregnant Women and New Parents

Thursday, March 1st
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.

More Information - Trilingual

Team IMPACT Training

Tuesday, February 13th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Children with serious illnesses often face a range of social, psychological and physical challenges, including anxiety, a foreshortened sense of future, inability to make or keep friends, and perceived isolation. Team IMPACT relationships provide these children with an entire team of support, making them feel valued, accepted and empowered. For the student athletes, this partnership provides life lessons that cannot be taught in the classroom: they gain invaluable perspective and inspiration by witnessing the strength and courage of a child battling illness. As a result, these partnerships are positively impacting children, families, student athletes and college communities across the country.

 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.

Parent-Child Groups


Mondays beginning January 8th,
11am - 12pm

This group will give parents/caregivers an opportunity to step out of busy daily routines, to play and learn with their children ages 0 to 3.  It is an opportunity for you to meet with other families, to explore and discuss what our children tell us through play.  We will watch together, be curious together, and we will learn about areas of children's social/emotional development and consider possible meanings of behavior.  Every child is different! Caregivers and their typically developing children and children with special needs age 0-3 are all welcome.  To register, call us at 415-920-5040

Baby Massage

Thursdays beginning January 11th,
11am - 12pm

You and your baby are invited to learn about the healing tradition of infant massage in a supportive and relaxed environment.
To register, call us at 415-920-5040.

Everyday Literacy:
A Parent Child Play & Learn Group

Mondays beginning January 15th,
3:30pm - 4:30pm

You and your child (4-6 years old) are invited to explore easy, fun ways to bring literacy into your family’s everyday life.
Together, children and their grown-ups will practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through interactive stories, songs, and play. In this nurturing environment there will also be opportunities to make new friends and observe and discuss children’s behavior.

Yoga for Caregivers

When would Yoga fit into your schedule?

Currently, Yoga for Parents is offered on Tuesdays, 4p-5p, but there has not been consistent participation.  In an effort to improve this, we invite you to take this VERY short survey. Thank you! 

ASL Parent-Child Group

2nd Thursdays
4pm - 6pm

Are you struggling with communicating with your child? Do you feel that you need more resources to understand Deaf Culture? How do you make the right choices for your child who is deaf/hard of hearing? Do you want to learn American Sign Language to communicate better with your child? ASL Support Group will help you try to bridge the gap between hearing parents and professionals in understanding some of the struggles you face when communicating with your child.


Peer Groups

See calendar for exact dates.

Spanish-Speaking Down Syndrome Parent Group

1st Tuesdays; 430pm - 630pm

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
More info

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
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

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.