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 Sibshops Sibshops are support groups open to typically-developing brothers and sisters, ages 8-13, of children with special needs, including autism. They feature a combination of fun, information, surprises, discussion, and more for everyone who attends. Held several times during the year at the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville. Registration fee is $5, and phone registration prior to event is a must! Contact Tonya Bowman at Family Voices of TN for more information, 615-905-6643 or Tonya_b@tndisability.org. Empowered Ladies Peer Support Group Empower TN’s peer support group is an opportunity to interact with women who have related challenges and triumphs, a time to exchange authentic life experiences, a relaxed environment to talk, learn, laugh, and empower, and a chance to say, “Me too.” Group normally meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 2-3 pm at Empower Tennessee, 955 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206. However, February and March meetings have changed. For details and to RSVP, contact April at 615-515-8630 or email@example.com. South Nashville Communities’ Autism Learning and Support Group A monthly meeting for parents of minimally speaking, non-speaking, or unreliably speaking children, teens and adults with ASD who use or are interested in using an alternative means of communication. Meetings are held at 4:00 PM on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road Brentwood, TN, in the study rooms (varies by month). Contact Bryana Williams (931-982-6530 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Club Social Contact Kimi Abernathy at 931-580-6498 or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. National Autism Peer Support Group (formerly ASAN) Facilitator: Chad Beadles email@example.com or (615) 772-3264 Facebook.com/NashvilleAutismPeerSupport An adult support group for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome. Meets on the second Sunday of every month, 2-4 pm, at Honeyco, 331 54th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37209. Meeting place is just off Charlotte, not far from I-40W and the intersection of White Bridge Rd and Charlotte Avenue. Parents, friends, family members all welcome to attend as well. Men’s Dinner John Shouse 615-476-7472, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Erin Perry email@example.com Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (TABS) 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 once a month (check website for dates and times). For more information, or to register to receive updates, contact Laurie Fleming at 615-936-8852 or go to http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/tabs/ Bedford Aut2Be Kids Social Club Leta Frame (931) 684-8169 firstname.lastname@example.org For ages 9+; meets bi-monthly at the Shelbyville Recreation Center. Chattanooga GCA Centre for Adult Autism Scott Kramer email@example.com 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 Teresa Brunker, 615-513-0454 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. Coffee Manchester Support Group Christina Harr firstname.lastname@example.org Join us on Facebook Davidson Autism Ninja Moms This group is a meetup for moms who have school age children on the autism spectrum who have not let autism defeat them. We use the name Autism Ninja Mom because when it comes to caring and advocating for our sons and daughters, we need mad ninja skills. It is an opportunity to meet and share with other moms, and maybe make some new friends. We meet on the 4th Thursdays of each month (location tba). Also on Facebook! Middle Tennessee Celiac Lifestyle Group www.nashvilleceliacs.org 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 email@example.com Call for times and location. Lincoln Lincoln County Puzzle Solvers Autism Awareness & Support Group Lindsay Edwards (931) 993-7787 firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held at Stone Bridge Academy located at 1107 Hedgemont Avenue, Fayetteville, TN 37334. Madison ASMS Jackson Area Chapter For info, go to: email@example.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 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. Contact is Harold Owens, Harold.J.Owens.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also host many other events during the year designed with the special needs parent in mind. To learn more, contact Christine Pierce at email@example.com or go to the website, https://risingaboveministries.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Michelle Hennessee (931) 668-5578 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Autism Support Group for Parents or Caregivers FREE Autism Support Group for parents or caregivers of all ages that is being run by Caitlin Rissler, RN with Music City Peds, along with Dr. James Goodlad from Southeast Psych Nashville at their office starting the day after Labor Day. It will be the 1st Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm. It’s free, and no registration is required. Folks can just show up. They cannot offer childcare, unfortunately. This will be at 5409 Maryland Way, Suite 202, Brentwood, TN 37207. Those who want to know more can email Mindi, the clinic coordinator, at email@example.com. Social Group for Young Adults with LD Karen Miller, Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Reagan, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.