As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient with you as you make decisions for your child. This team can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, classroom aides and medical specialists.

It can be extremely helpful to speak with a professional to not only discuss your child’s challenges, but also to strategize and ensure that your own needs are being met.

Remember: you are the primary advocate and decision maker.

“She is a tree of life for those who hold fast to her, and happy are those who support her.”

Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers 3:18

Local Resources

The 211 HelpLine is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) offers counseling services and support groups for parents and caregivers, grandparents and siblings of individuals with special needs. Establish new connections, friendships and learn skills to help you and your children. For additional information about these services, visit their website.

The Support for Students Growth Center provides: therapeutic social skills groups; learning strategies and organizational strategies groups; behavior modification programs; individual and family coaching and counseling; therapeutic summer/winter camps; and post-transitioning groups for people with special needs, including Autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, communication challenges, behavioral disorders and varying exceptionalities.

Americans Live With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
of Children Have Been Diagnosed with a Developmental Disability