Support Groups

 

Click HERE for a listing by county of our
Support Groups in Pennsylvania!

 

Please contact us if you are interested in joining a support group.

 

About Our Support Groups

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA is the largest autism support group network in Pennsylvania, sponsoring over sixty groups across the state. The majority of our support groups are by and for parents of children on the autism spectrum. These groups provide support for managing the daily stresses of raising a child with autism. Group members meet regularly to share practical advice for raising children on the spectrum, and work together to maximize the potential of their children.

We also sponsors several social groups for teens and adults on the autism spectrum. These groups are facilitated by autism professionals who provide a safe and supportive venue for individuals with ASD to socialize, practice conversational skills, and share special interests.

Start a Support Group

We are committed to assisting support groups and expanding our support to families through these groups. If you are currently hosting a support group and would like to become part of our family, or you are interested in starting a support group, please contact us.

For more information, please download our Support Group Guidelines.

Write for Our E-Blast Newsletter

Leaders and members of support groups are encouraged to write for our weekly E-Blast newsletter, which is sent out to over 8,000 subscribers. We are always looking for useful and interesting articles to share with the Pennsylvania autism community.

For more information, please download our E-Blast Listing Guidelines.

  • Autism Resources

  • Fall Conference 2014

    Language Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Robert Morris University
    Sewell Center
    6001 University Blvd.
    Moon Township, PA 15108

    Presenter: Diane L. Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    For more information and Registration — Click HERE

     

     

  • Functional Behavior Assessment: Emphasis on Functional

    Functional Behavior Assessment:

    “Emphasis on Functional”

    Presented by

    Norma Farruggia

    October 7, 2014

    6:30  p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Autism Connection of PA

    35 Wilson Street #101

    Pittsburgh, PA 15223

  • Run for a Reason

    Raise funds towards our mission of being a lifeline for families and individuals affected by autism

    Run any of the races for us during marathon weekend:

    • Full marathon
    • Half marathon
    • Marathon relay
    • 5k
    • 1 mile kids fun run (run with your child!)

    For more information, please contact Jennifer at autismrunpgh@gmail.com

     

  • Free MCHAT Training

    FREE class for teachers, nurses, childcare workers, or other professionals.

    McKeesport First Steps
    339 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
    McKeesport, PA 15132
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Lunch Provided
  • Sibshops Information Night

    Parents, grandparents, caregivers and ADULT SIBLINGS,
    please join us to talk about siblings’ effects on each other,
    and explore an international model of sibling support now available in Pittsburgh!
    Autism Connection of PA Community Room
    35 Wilson Street, Suite 101
    Pittsburgh, PA 15223
    Thursday, September 18, 2013
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m