Parent support groups and trainings

Support Groups:

Image of four people holding handsIt can be a lifesaver to hear from other parents who have been in your shoes. Reaching out to ask for help is not a bad thing — it's a sign of strength!

What can a support group (or parent group) do for you?

  • You can learn from the experiences of other parents.

  • You'll make friends with others who know what it's like to raise a child with autism.

  • Support from other parents will help you through the ups and downs of life in a family where a child has autism.

You can find an in-person group or an online group, usually through Facebook.

Parent Trainings: 

There are many organizations that offer free trainings for parents of children with autism.

They understand what you're going through and what you need to learn. Many are led by other parents who have been in your shoes.

Make the most of the resources around you and try to attend trainings when you can!


Image displaying the text 'Parent trainings can help with things like communication with your child, monitoring progress, understanding the basic rights for people with disabilities, and transitioning to school, work, or independent living.'

How to find an in-person support group or parent training:

  1. Go to the Resource Directory and look under "Parent & Caregiver Support".

  2. Call the Families Helping Families (FHF) center near you. Ask about support groups or other ways to connect with parents.

You can also call the closest chapter of the Autism Society

Find an online group

To find Facebook groups, click on the underlined links below: Each will open in a new tab or screen!)

Exceptional Lives Louisiana Facebook Group

  • LA parents sharing information. Moderated by group leader to ensure a safe respectful environment.

List of Autism Facebook Groups 
  • Find the one that fits your needs: information, stories and tips from other parents, and even humor!

Sources: ARC of Baton Rouge, Families Helping Families


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