Parent Support Group

Spectrum hosts monthly parent meetings the first Thursday of each month (September – May) featuring guest speakers who share their knowledge and expertise regarding a variety of topics related to the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In addition to the meeting topics listed below, break-out sessions might also be offered for our Autistic Adults Group, Parents of Teens and Adults Support Group, Dad's Group, Adelante Autismo in Spanish, and Parents of Preschoolers Group.

 

Meeting Schedule

NO MEETINGS IN JUNE, JULY OR AUGUST

September 1, 2022

October 6, 2022

November 3, 2022

December 1, 2022

January 5, 2023

February 2, 2023

March 2, 2023

No April meeting

May 4, 2023

 

 

SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DULUTH
2908 Duluth Hwy 120
Duluth, GA 30096

Oct. 6, 2022 meeting

Topics:

Dealing with Childhood Anxiety, presented by Dr. April Coleman, Psy.D., Georgia Autism Center

Young Adult Living and Learning Skills for workplace, community and home, presented by Jamie Hamilton,  Director, Special Needs School of Gwinnett, and Y'alls Program director, Dawn Gadling

Dads Group will meet

A Dads group is offered as well as a group for autistic adults.

AdelanteAutismo is offered in Spanish only.

A sibling group is offered for ages 5-14.

Free childcare and social groups are offered for children on the spectrum up to age 22.

Nov. 3, 2022

Topics:

Planning for the Future of your family member with autism. Come learn about Special Needs Trusts, Wills, and Guardianship, presented by DJ Jeyaram, Attorney, Jeyaram and Associates.

Why Advocacy Matters - How to speak up and make a difference!

Dec. 1, 2022 - Holiday party for parents and adults with autism and a separate party for the kids as well! RSVP ahead and purchase dinner boxes for parents and adults. Pizza will be provided free of charge for kids. Gifts bags for kids and photos with Santa will be offered.

Jan. 5, 2022

Topics:

Family Support and Respite Funding - all you need to know! presented by InCommunity staff

Feb. 2, 2022

Topics:

Navigating Applied Behavior Analysis, presented by Lizzy Landers, M.S., BCBA, Executive Director, and Sara Beth Tung, M.A.,BCBA, Associate Clinical Director, Autism Learning Partners

Thank you to Autism Learning Partners for sponsoring this meeting!

March 3, 2022

Topics:

Social Skills opportunities in the community and why social skills are so important for individuals with autism. An overview of Spectrum's social skills programs will be shared, presented by Mary O'Connell and Adrian Wilkins, Social Skills Today

April - no meeting due to spring break

May 4, 2022

Topic:

Panel: Sharing the journey to bring hope! Life of a parent with a child on the spectrum: Challenges and Possibilities. Presented as a panel discussion of parents

A reminder that we do not hold monthly meetings during the summer months of June, July and August.

 

Monthly Meeting Schedule & Location

Meetings (Sept-May) will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 on the first Thursday of the month.

First Baptist Church of Duluth
2908 Duluth Highway 120
Duluth, GA 30096