Families of children, teens and adults living with the challenges of being on the Autism Spectrum, you are not alone!
We are here to provide support, education and resource information for individuals, families and professionals. Plus, we want to connect you with other parents and peers.
Parenting Special Needs Support Groups
Join our Support Groups in Benson, Litchfield, Olivia or Willmar, Minnesota.
Consider yourself cordially invited. Do you have questions or concerns about your child, teen or young adult? You are not alone! By being a part of our Support Group, you will find people who may have the same concerns as you do. You can bring your questions, concerns, or issues to our group. We are here to offer you support. Help you connect with others. Learn about your loved one’s diagnosis or challenging parenting moments.
A monthly social skills group for teens and young adults to age 30 years.
Lego Fun & Friendship Clubs
A social skills club focusing on making friends. Parents conduct a separate discussion with topics support lessons and offer support to one another.
Information, Referrals & Programming Ideas
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320-235-5310, ext. 206
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According to the Autism Society of America…
"Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults on the autism spectrum typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities."
Resource Center Help
Social skills groups, peer mentoring and friendship programs, information, support, networking groups, updates about regional happenings, lending library, scholarships... let us know what you need.
Autism Society of America -A very helpful site with many great links. This organization holds a very helpful, informative and large national conference every year. 2010's conference will be in Dallas, Texas in July!
Autism Speaks -An organization whose mission is to promote research, awareness, advocacy and family services.
The National Autism Association -"The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights."
ARTRAN - There is a list on this site of Theatre practitioners around the world that work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. RCP's own Nikki Bettcher Erickson is a practitioner and board member with this world organization!
AUSM – The Autism Society of Minnesota - "The Autism Society of Minnesota is our own state chapter that exists to enhance the lives of individuals on the Autism spectrum. They have education, conferences and behavioral services available. There is also information on this site about camps in Minnesota for individuals on the Autism spectrum."
PACT 4 Families Collaborative - An organization serving Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, and Yellow Medicine counties And located in Willmar, MN. "The PACT 4 Families Collaborative has the vision of healthy and safe communities where individuals, families, and children care and support each other."
Minnesota Autism Center
The Holland Center believes that “the pieces of autism can not be treated separately. Holland is a MN autism center and a day treatment clinic for children with autism.”
Schafer Autism Report - “The Most Comprehensive and Most Read Autism Publication - Only Pennies a Day -or- No Cost!”
This is a helpful site for people that want the latest news on Autism research.
Autism Research Institute - ARI is a research-based website that has many other helpful links and partner websites. It also has helpful information on various supposed triggers of Autism.
Unlocking Autisim - I like this site because it is easy to navigate and has a “Parent 2 Parent” network.
Autism One - This is a nice site that also has many partner sites and links. There is a nice blog page, helpful and informative videos and groups that members can join by interest category.
The Autism Trust - “A Safe Haven for People with Autism”
This site focuses on how individuals with Autism will handle their transition into a successful adulthood. There are not a lot of sites like this and we all need to be thinking about the future of these wonderful individuals.
Autism Today - This site has almost an overload of information and can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of helpful information and there is a free membership at this point.
USA Autism & Aspgerger's society - “USAAA is a leading nonprofit organization for education, support, and solutions. Our goal is to "Provide the Opportunity" for individuals with autism spectrum disorders to achieve their fullest potential.”
Asperger’s Disorder Homepage - There are not a lot of sites that focus only on Asperger’s and this is one of them. This is the kind of site I would direct people to that are getting to know you or your family member with Asperger's. There is a helpful Q & A section on the site and a helpful discussion group page as well.
Center for Engaging Autism - The Center for Engaging Autism is governed by a volunteer board of directors that is dedicated to a family and child centered approach to autism. We are all personally impacted by autism and that relationship fuels our passion for helping families.
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