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.



Taking Action toward International Exchange, Study, and Volunteer Opportunities for Women with Disabilities

Thursday, May 3rd
6pm - 8pm

Are you a woman with a disability? Are you interested in international programs, anywhere from cautiously curious to already packed and pacing at the door? Historically women with disabilities have not participated in international exchange such as study, teach, volunteer or work abroad. This workshop is a step toward addressing that problem. This workshop is intended to empower women with disabilities from high school and up, but the resources provided can serve anyone.

During this workshop, you'll:
• Learn how to get information and apply for international exchange programs to study, volunteer, teach and work abroad.
• Spark new ideas for ways women with disabilities can gain professional development experience.
• Build confidence to participate in international exchange where there may be no other women with disabilities.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Workshop

Thursday, May 17th
6:00pm - 8:00pm

This workshop will provide general information about eligibility and maintaining benefits for SSI and SSDI. It will include information about child's SSI, age 18 redeterminations, and disabled adult children receiving SSDI under someone else's account (i.e., deceased, disabled, or retired parent).

Peer Socialization for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Tuesday, May 8th
6:45pm - 8:15pm

This workshop will provide information and tools to help your children develop social relationships and friendships with other children. Videos will be used to demonstrate alternative techniques and treatments.

Early Intervention & Autism – What You Need to Know

Saturday, May 12th
Registration: 8:30am
Workshop: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Does your child with autism have difficulties with social interactions? Attend this workshop to learn more about strategies you can use to support a young child on the autism spectrum. We will focus on understanding your child’s needs, facilitating social interactions, and create teaching opportunities by capitalizing on teachable moments.

Supported Decision Making

Tuesday, May 22nd
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Supported Decision-Making (SDM), an alternative to conservatorship, is a practice that respects the right of people with disabilities to make their own choices with the support of people they trust. It is based on the understanding that people with disabilities have the same right as everyone else to direct their own lives. Research shows that people with disabilities who have more control over their lives have better life outcomes, including improved health, welfare, and independence. This talk provides an overview of SDM principles.

Kidpower: Child Protection Workshop for Adults
Positive Peer Communication Skills

Tuesday, May 29th
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Parents, educators, & other adult leaders: learn social safety skills to keep kids safe with people! This class focuses on issues between peers & siblings at school, out in the world, at home...Everywhere!

Kidpower skills prepare people to develop healthy relationships & make safe choices with people. This workshop focuses on skills & solutions for peer/sibling issues, including bullying; stranger safety is not included.



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

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

Parent-Child Interactive Groups

Upcoming Series:
April 23-May 21
June 4-July 9
July 23-Aug 27

To register, call us at 415-920-5040.

For any questions specifically about the Parent & Child Groups, please contact our Child Development Manager, Caitlin McNamara at CMcNamara@supportforfamilies.org



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

Books and Beyond:
Early Literacy 4-6years

4pm - 5pm

This group will use books and interactive story telling to help children 4-6 years old learn about their world.  Come join other parents/caregivers and their children.  Together, we will support children's early earning of reading and literacy through imagination and fun as well as promote social relationships.


Baby Massage

2pm - 3pm

Come learn the healing tradition of infant massage, in a supportive and relaxed environment. Parents will learn how to massage their baby, increase bonding and communication, and discover the many benefits of infant massage. All you need to bring is a soft blanket or towel, so that your baby has a soft place to lay while you provide the massage. We will be sitting on the floor for much of the class, so feel free to wear comfortable clothing.



Peer Groups

See calendar for exact dates.

Parents of Children with Mental Health Issues

English -2nd Thursdays; 6pm - 8pm
More info
Spanish - 2nd Tuesdays; 6pm - 8pm
More info

Parents of Transition Age Youth

1st Tuesdays, 615pm - 815pm
More info

Prader-Willi Parent Group

Quarterly, Saturdays.
Call 415-920-5040 for 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

Tuesday Night Group

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

UCSF Inpatient Parent Group

Every Thursday; 4pm - 530pm

Wellness Series for Parents and Caregivers

1st and 3rd Mondays; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
More info

ASL Parent-Child Group

2nd Thursdays
4pm - 6pm
More info

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

Families of Adults with Disabilities

Addressing Transition and Adult Services Issues

1st and 3rd Mondays; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
More info

Living with Diabetes:
Families Empowering Families

2nd and 4th Mondays; 6:15pm - 7:15pm
More info

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



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

Youth & Young Adult Support Group (ages 16-28)

3rd Saturdays; 1pm - 3pm
More information

Conversation Club for AAC Users

Every Monday; 430pm - 530pm

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