ASD Related Support Groups
My son had been diagnosed with Autism for over two years when my son's Speech Therapist, my wife and myself started up our Support Group. We still could not discuss his diagnosis with anyone, even our families.
I'll never forget what it felt like to drive home that first night after our first Autism Support Group meeting. It felt so good to sit in a room full of people, that knew what our family had been going through, and share things.
I've learned so much from the parents in our group, even the new ones. And it's given us such a sense of accomplishment knowing that we have been able to help others too. --R.B.,Hazard, Ky
Autism Parent Support Group Spotlight of the Month
The Laughing Duck Support Group
Hello everyone, I am excited to introduce our Laughing Duck support group!!! We meet the first Saturday of every month at the Sun Valley Community Center in Valley Station in southern Jefferson County at 11am. We have been in existence via Facebook for several years, but started to get more serious with the support group in April of this year.
I personally had a lot of trouble finding a support group that was close to home, so I ended up creating one myself! At this time we do not have child care during meeting times, but that is something that as the need grows, we will definitely look into. We sponsor many events and try to get out in the community as often as possible. We will have a booth at the Southwest Festival on October 13, 2012 at Sun Valley Community Center to share information about our group and about Autism Awareness. We will also have lots of drawings at the festival; right now we have a $100.00 gas card from Thorntons, we have a signed basketball from Rick Pitino and we have more donations to come! Additionally we are also working with a group of senior girls from Mercy. They picked us for their senior project. So they will be coming to meetings, working the festival, and even creating a craft day for the kids, which will be exciting!!
Our focus lately has been on the festival. Once we have all the business stuff out of the way, we leave the floor open every meeting for discussions or questions. As we grow, we will have guest speakers at our meetings (i.e. a speech therapist, art/music therapist, etc.)
I personally have made a lot of friends since I started the group and I never realized how many families were in the same situation that I was in! It is nice to finally be able to relate to someone who was in my shoes rather than talking to a doctor or therapist or case worker about my situation. I am truly blessed to be able to have the opportunity to have everyone gather together and unite for our kids!
Autism Spectrum Disorders Related Support Groups in Kentucky
In the past several years, the awareness of autism has dramatically increased in our Commonwealth. This increased public awareness of autism can be attributed to the grass roots collaborative efforts of support groups across the state bringing together families and professionals.
Download the full support list(updated October 2013).
If you have any questions or would like to amend this list, please contact Heidi Cooley-Cook, at the Kentucky Autism Training Center at 502-852-6401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KATC Staff members are prepared to provide families and professionals with an overview of available resources and interventions. KATC, in collaboration with regional support groups, provides workshops and training seminars on topics of specific interest to family members and service providers. If your group would like to schedule an activity, please complete the KATC Family Group Workshop Request form and return it to the KY Autism Training Center.
Family Group Workshop Descriptions
Research-based resource information, tasks, and community activities for your support group.