Local Parent Support Groups

One of the most meaningful sources of support and information comes from other parents who experienced parenting a child with a special need. Parents who are informed, connected and supported by other parents who have "been there,"
are better prepared to meet challenges that arise.

Updated 11-4-18


Decoding Dyslexia CA Support Group 
Co-sponsored by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs' Special Needs Committee, we are a group of parents and educations coming together once a month to offer support, share ideas, resources, and empower each other as we experience the successes and challenges of raising a child with dyslexia. This group is intended to be a safe place where parents can freely share what we are going through with others who understand or may have overcome a similar challenge and can offer insight or experience.  

Decoding Dyslexia Support Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Bella Vista Elementary School Library, 1050 Trumpet Vine Lane, San RamonTo join, go to the email signup page of Decoding Dyslexia's website.

For more information, contact:  Sandra Wicks ddcatrivalley@gmail.com.

Meeting Dates & Topics
October 11 
The Simple View of Reading

November 8
Gratitude...for Growing Knowledge Base & Support, Student Strengths   

December 13

January 10 



This parent support group has been formed by parents of a teen with autism. It's an informal group designed to share information and be able to talk with people who understand each other's struggles. We have received a lot of help over the years and want to keep that going. The group meets once a month in Dublin at various locations. Come check it out! 

To join this group, contact Nancy at get_nw@att.net.
To go to their website and post a comment, go to https://eparentsupport.blogspot.com.

Pleasanton Parents of Special Needs Kids  The purpose of this parent support group is to discuss the issues of parenting children with special needs or learning differences, and it's a chance to learn and support one another. Parents will have the opportunity to share ideas, strategies, and resources that have worked well in their families, and give those starting out in the special day classes and resource programs a chance to learn from those who have "been there, done that". The group typically meets the 1st Wednesday morning of each month at Corner Bakery Cafe, 6770 Bernal Ave, Pleasanton, 10:00 a.m.

To join this group, contact Michelle logicgirl00@hotmail.com.

Meeting Dates
November 7
December 5
January 9
February 6
March 6
April 10
May 1


The Livermore Special Needs Parent Group is made up of parents and guardians in the Livermore area whose children have various special needs. It was established by parents, for parents. Our group has monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (except for December, June, July, and August) from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at:
Livermore Valley Tennis Club
2000 Arroyo Road 
Livermore, CA 94550
Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings, which provide opportunities to: 

• Hear from Speakers 
• Receive parent training 
• Learn about resources in the community 
• Network with other parents/guardians 
2018-19 Meeting Topics
September 19 – Special Education 
(for parents whose child attends Livermore Unified)
October 17 – Behavior
November 14 – Depression 
January 16 – Screen Time
February 20 – IEP
March 20 – Alternative Therapies
April 17 – Transitions
May 15 – Summer Strategies

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To learn more about the group please email sloane.kraft@att.net or call:

Deborah Fields 925-858-2085
Sloane Kraft 925-487-1457
Leah Kletnieks 714-381-8536

Tri-Valley ADHD Parent Support Group

Parents supporting Parents 
Exchange Ideas, Information and Insight 
Pre-School – High School 

Inklings Coffee and Tea 
530 Main St, Pleasanton, CA 
Riddermark Room 

Second Wednesday of the School Month
2017:   March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14 
7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. 

For meeting information and directions, go the the website schedule page

or email

For general information or to become a CHADD member, go to

Parents of Adults with High Functioning Autism/Aspergers  Founded in Lafayette, CA. Are you a parent of a high functioning autistic/aspergers adult looking for a support group to discuss ideas? How can we offer support to adults over college age? Let's talk and share ideas about networking, social skills, and job skills that we can pass on. We'll meet once a month in a member's home or coffee shop and communicate in between meetings as well.  Events are posted online on the Meetup website with a downloadable app: http://www.meetup.com/Parents-of-adults-with-high-functioning-autism-aspergers/