Support Groups

Autism Tennessee keeps a list of all the support groups available in Middle Tennessee for individuals and family members affected by autism spectrum disorders.  We encourage you to connect with people in your area that can support you on your walk with autism.

All Counties

Club Social

Contact Kimi Abernathy at 931-580-6498 or kimiabernathy@gmail.com

Club Social is for Nashville and Middle Tennessee high school students with autism who are moderate to high functioning or Aspies.  This club is designed for our children to interact with their peers, practice social situations, learn skills, have fun, and make friends.  The students will be involved in fun activities which may include art projects, classes, coding, gaming, volunteer projects, dining out, yoga, cooking, hiking, or just hanging out together.  As the club evolves, we hope the young people will take a hand in planning and implementing the activities and focus.  The first group project involved working with the Heimerdinger Foundation providing meals for cancer patients and teaching gardening and cooking skills.

Asperger Online Parent Group

Tonya Mirtes
tmirtes@yahoo.com

A Facebook group to post upcoming community events, ask questions about resources, share what has worked for you, or to share something our children have accomplished!  To join this group you MUST HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT.  Search for Asperger Online Parent Group on your Facebook page.  At the top right corner of the group page, click on the button that says Ask To Join Group.

ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)

Facilitator:
Chad Beadles
justmechadlyb@gmail.com or (615) 772-3264

 

Meets on the second Sunday of every month. An adult support group for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Men’s Dinner

John Shouse   615-476-7472, jmshouse@bellsouth.net

Dinner for dads and granddads of children with autism.  Meets 2nd Monday of the month at McAllister’s in Brentwood at 6:00 pm. Please email before going to make sure someone’s there!  A place to get together and socialize. No “let’s go round the circle” or nametags!

 

Margarita Moms Social Group

Andrea Cates

A parent get together that meets the second Thursday of the month for dinner and drinks at Garcia’s in Franklin (1113 Murfreesboro Rd #316). For parents who have children/adults with autism.  Join the Facebook page to keep abreast of any changes!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/225794424102160/

Online Support Group for Parents of Young Children with Autism

Support Group for Neurotypical Women with Spouses or Partners with Asperger’s Syndrome

Connie Taylor
Email: connie@connietaylorcounseling.com
www.connietaylorcounseling.com

First Tuesday of each month, group will meet at the Berry Hill Community Center, 404 East Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 (NEW LOCATION!), from 6:45 to 8:00 pm.  Admission is $5.00.  Group’s mission is to help encourage and support your experience of having a spouse or life partner with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or suspected ASD (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome).

Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS)

Lynnette Henderson

(615) 936-0448

lynnette.henderson@Vanderbilt.Edu

 

TABS is a statewide support group for adult siblings of individuals with disabilities. The group hosts an annual conference in Nashville and meets for dinner the third Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm. For more information, or to register to receive updates, contact Lynnette Henderson at Lynnette.Henderson@Vanderbilt.edu or go to http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/tabs/

Bedford

Aut2Be Kids Social Club

Leta Frame
(931) 684-8169
parentsact@gmail.com

For ages 9+; meets bi-monthly at the Shelbyville Recreation Center.

Parents ACT (Autism Changes Time) Support Group

Meets on the last Thursday of Jan., March, May, July, Sept., and Nov. at 5:30 pm at the Child Development Center, 111 Eaglette Way, Shelbyville. Child care provided by registration only!

Benton

Autism Support Group

Cassandra Cooper
(731) 584-0311
crcooper@hughes.net

Chattanooga

GCA Centre for Adult Autism

Support groups for adults and young adults on the autism spectrum, and their parents/caregivers in the Chattanooga area.  Support group meetings are on the first Saturday each month at the Chattanooga Autism Center, 1400 McCallie Avenue, Suite 100, in Chattanooga from 3:00-5:00 PM.

Cheatham

Cheatham County Kids

Becky Shelton
(615) 426-7820
cheathamcountykids.com

This is a support group for parents and families of children with all disabilities.  Meets online and on Facebook and has annual events in the community.  Next event is for Autism Awareness at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View on April 22, 2017.

Coffee

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Group

Susan Wilson
(931) 247-1947
susan.wilson@tacanow.org

Coffee Talk held the second Wednesday of the month at 8:30 pm at the Celtic Cup, 106 N. Anderson St., Tullahoma.  Periodic parent trainings and support meetings also provided.  See the TACA Tennessee Facebook page for more information.

Manchester Support Group

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Coffee Talk Group

Meets the last Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Starbucks in Super Target in Spring Hill, 1033 Crossings Blvd., near Saturn Parkway and Hwy. 31.

Davidson

Cane Ridge Autism Moms

This group is a meetup for moms who have school age children on the autism spectrum. It will be an opportunity to meet and share with other moms, and an opportunity to make some new friends. We meet 2x a month (alternate Thursdays) while the kiddos are at school. Our meetups are held at Shineworthy Tea. It’s a great way to relax and unwind. Also on Facebook!

Contact Person:  Omegbhai (Egbhai) Uriri at egbhaiu@gmail.com or 615-948-2928

Autism For Families

Michele Harvell
(615) 299-6229
mharvell120@gmail.com

Contact Michele for time and location.

Middle Tennessee Celiac Lifestyle Group

Group meets at Centennial Medical Center Women’s Hospital Physician’s Office Building Auditorium.

Hickman

Hope for Autism

New support group in Centerville, TN sponsored by Hope Church. Meets every 2nd Thursday @ 7:00pm at the church location, 107 Progress Center Plaza, Centerville, TN 37033.  Childcare will be provided.

Contact Person: Mary Neely at 931-996-9303 

Houston/Stewart

S.T.A.R.S.(Seeing Those with Autism Reach Success)

Christy Meadow
(931) 237-5805
adovesheart@msn.com

Call for times and location.

Lincoln

Lincoln County Puzzle Solvers Autism Awareness & Support Group

Lindsay Edwards
(931) 993-7787
ledwards.puzzlesolver86@gmail.com

Meetings are held at Stone Bridge Academy located at 1107 Hedgemont Avenue, Fayetteville, TN 37334.

 

Madison

ASMS Jackson Area Chapter

For info, go to:  armsjackson@gmail.com or call (731) 446-5441

Sponsored through ARMS (Autism Resources of the Mid-South).  Meetings held at Behavioral Outreach Services, 32 Garland Drive, Jackson, TN 38305.  Childcare provided with early RSVP.

Maury

Tennessee Voices for Children Support Group

Kathy Rogers   (931) 560-3085

Support group is for children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues, regardless of the diagnosis. Meets the first Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Family Center, 921 Beckett St., Columbia. Child care provided with prior notice.

Montgomery County/Ft. Campbell

Ft. Campbell Support Group for All Disabilities (Exceptional Family Member Program-EFMP)

EFMP office
(270) 798-2727
(270) 798-3426
sarah.bollinger@us.army.mil

Serves the tri-city areas of Clarksville, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell. Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Army Community Services (ACS) Building, 5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd., Ft. Campbell. Open to anyone in community. Non-military families enter Gate 4 for access.

Tennessee Voices for Children Support Group

Wendy Sullivan
(615) 269-7751, ext. 140
(800) 670-9882

Support group is for children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues, regardless of the diagnosis.  Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 331 Union Street, Clarksville. Child care provided with prior notice.

Putnam

Rising Above Ministries Support Groups

Mom’s “Coffee Talk” meets on Thursday mornings at 8:15 am at Poet’s on the Square, 230 E. Broad St., Cookeville, TN  38501.  For more info, contact Becky Davidson at bdavidson@risingaboveministries.org.

Dad’s “Hang Time” meets every fourth Thursday at 5:00 pm at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1385 Interstate Dr., Cookeville, TN  38501.  For more info, contact Jeff Davidson at jdavidson@risingaboveministries.org.

Also host many other events during the year designed with the special needs parent in mind.  To learn more, contact Christine Pierce at piercechristinecrew@gmail.com or go to the website, https://risingaboveministries.org.

Robertson

H.O.M.E. (Where Hope Often Makes Excellence)

Contact Anna Wilson at 615-879-3936 or annasfamilylearning@gmail.com

H.O.M.E. is a Robertson County-based organization dedicated to serving parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities or delays.  Our goal is to assist families with the following:  education, awareness, acceptance, resources, support, and friendship.

Rutherford

Murfreesboro H3O Aquatics Special Needs Support Group

Michael Burrows, Owner, 615-962-9500

A monthly autism (and other special needs) support group on the 4th Friday of each month from 6-8 pm. A therapist is provided to work with the kids. While they play and have therapeutic exercise in the warm water, parents enjoy meeting, encouraging each other, and sharing resources, ideas, and therapies with other parents. Children must be 4 years old and potty trained to get in therapy pools. H3O is located at 236 Robert Rose Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Cost is $15/child. Siblings welcome! For more information, go to: http://www.h3oaquatics.com/#!special-needs/c11bq.

Autism Community of Murfreesboro

Shea Brock
(615) 631-2291

Murfreesboro Special Moms

Valerie Pulk
Facebook Page: Murfreesboro Special Moms

This is a Facebook group for parents of  children with special needs to come together for support, schedule play groups, find out about special events in the Murfreesboro, and just get some overall encouragement!

Family Support Group

Elizabeth Richardson
(615) 864-4644

lizrichardson1@bellsouth.net

The Family Support Group has moved to Smyrna but is open to anyone in Rutherford or surrounding counties. Meets the 1st Thursday of each month.  Call for details.

Warren

Special Parents of Exceptional Children

SPED Office   (931) 668-1728
Shannon Jacobs   jacobss@k12tn.net
Michelle Hennessee   (931) 668-5578   hennesseem@k12tn.net

Families with any special need are welcome! Meets on the last Monday of the month during the school year (except November and December) at Hickory Creek Elementary School, 270 Pioneer Lane, McMinnville from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Child care is available if you call ahead.  If school is cancelled, so is the meeting!  Find on Facebook at Warren County Special Parents of Exceptional Children.

Williamson

Social Group for Young Adults with LD

Karen Miller, Karen.miller@mindspring.com or Susan Reagan, shreagan@gmail.com

A support/social group for young adults, ages 21-31, with mild learning differences and/or high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders who want to be more socially active. Our members will enjoy group activities such as bowling, movies, music, biking, hiking, etc. Group will meet once a week with some minimal oversight from parent organizers. No cost to be part of the group other than the price of admission to events and possibly sharing in transportation expenses. Check out the website to see if this might be the group for you! http://www.meetup.com/Franklin-TN-Social-Group-for-Young-Adults-with-LD/

Mercy Community Healthcare

Gretchen Dorman
(615) 790-0567 x 241
mercycommunityhealthcare.org

Mercy Community Healthcare is known for its comprehensive, compassionate treatment and is committed to improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health of both its patients and the community. We are excited to offer several group therapy options at Mercy.

 

Franklin Autism Moms

Lisa Burgess
(615) 642-9282
lisaaburgess@hotmail.com

Meets the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 am at Panera Bread in Cool Springs on Mallory Lane.  You do not have to live in Franklin or Williamson County to participate…everyone welcomed!  On Facebook too.

Contact Us

P: (615) 385-2077
F: (615) 383-1176
T: (866) 508-4987
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(Open Late Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Additional hours available by appointment.

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