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.



Parenting with Confidence

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:30 pM

If you are at the end of your rope, tired of speaking to a “brick wall” or just seeking to know more about parenting – this workshop is for you!

Topics will include
- communication
- quality time
- dealing with meltdowns
- building the parent-child bond

The workshop will involve practical strategies developed by a Behavior Specialist bringing fresh, new ideas for your parenting tool kit when dealing with challenges. There will also be time for questions, comments and discussion.

Screen Time: Realistic Recommendations for Young Children

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 pM

This presentation will discuss the latest research on screen time and how it impacts the language development and communication skills of young children. The presenter will share useful resources and realistic recommendations for your family.

IEP Meetings: Empowering Parents with Effective Strategies

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 pM

The workshop will address key strategies to help you help your child. Workshop topics include:
- How to be persuasive when you’re so upset
- Why you should rely on facts, not emotions or conclusions
- How to expand your IEP Team
- Learn the difference between a clinical and psycho-educational evaluation
- Build an IEP block by block
- How to express your concerns about your child’s program

Identify and Support Issues with Reading

Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 pM

This is a two-part workshop. You can attend one or both workshops. The first workshop will focus on learning how to read. The second workshop will focus on understanding what you read. 

In both workshops, participants will experience what it's like to have some common processing issues in reading and understand which skills they impact. They will learn how specific multisensory techniques help to develop the skills that contribute to becoming a successful reader. Finally, we will discuss resources that address each skill area for use at home or at school.



See calendar for exact dates

Transition to Adult Services

4th Thursdays; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Spanish: 3rd Thursdays; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chinese: 1st Thursdays; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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.
Clinics will not be offered in July. They will resume in August.

Parent-Child Interactive Groups

Deaf/HH Baby Class

First Monday of the month, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This group specializes in working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Birth to 3 years old


Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is an opportunity for you to meet with other families as well as explore and discuss what our children tell us through play.

Birth to 3 years old

Peers and Play Interactive Group

Mondays, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This interactive group is an opportunity for you and your child to practice new social skills, explore emotions, and play with peers in an inclusive and welcoming space.

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

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



Peer Groups

See calendar for exact dates.

Autism Parent Group

4th Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
*Important Notice, in October this group will meet on Thursday, October 3rd.
More Info (English)
More Info (Spanish)

Cantonese-Speaking Parent Group

2nd Saturdays; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
More Info

Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group

For Cantonese-speaking families of children with special needs.  Meets at the CCDC
3rd Mondays; 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
More Info

Families of Adults with Disabilities

1st and 3rd Mondays
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
More Info

Parents of Transition Age Youth

1st Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
More Info

Prader-Willi Parent Group

Quarterly, Saturdays.
Call 415-920-5040 to register
More Info

Spanish-Speaking Parent Group

2nd Wednesdays; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
More Info

Tuesday Night Group

1st Tuesday of the month, 6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
4th Tuesday of the month, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
More Info

UCSF Inpatient Parent Group

Meets at Family House, 540 Mission Bay Blvd. N.
Every Thursday; 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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

Groups for Youth

See calendar for exact dates.

Conversation & Social Club for Transition & Young Adult
AAC Users

Every Monday; 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Meets at Noe Valley Public Library
More Info

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