Support Groups

Arlington, WA   

North County Parent Support Group

Marie Preftes Arenz
Faith Lutheran Church, 1424 172nd St NE, Arlington, 98223
Phone:  (425) 258-2459

Sponsored by the Arc of Snohomish County, runs from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Bellevue, WA   

Padres Unidos

Sugely Sanchez
(425) 258-2459 x 105.

Spanish speaking support group.

King County Parent Coalition

ARC of King County
Cathy Murahashi
Highland Recreation Center, 14224 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue, WA
Phone: (425) 643-4048

The King County Parent Coalition is a group of concerned parents, guardians, and family members who have come together to take action for members of their family who have developmental disabilities. Bellevue meetings are the second Thursday of each month from 7pm – 8:30pm, Tukwila meetings are the 2nd Thursday of every other month from 7pm – 9pm. Please view the website link above to see specific meeting dates.

Jane Orens

Meetings: Email for meeting times, location and events.

Parent to Parent for Russian-Speakers

There is a new e-mail list for families who speak Russian who have a child with a disability. The purpose of the group is to support each other and share information.  Tamara Andrianova will moderate and can also do translation to English or to Russian. She also is involved with a Russian speaking support group that meets monthly in Bellevue and will keep the group updated about its upcoming events. Please spread the word to families that you may know.

Spouses and Life Partners Support Group

Bellevue Regional King County Library,
1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004

Support group for the neurotypical spouses and life partners of people with Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a community group, not directed by any health professional. If you are interested in receiving meeting notices or participation in online conversation with the group, send a blank email to or visit the group online at

Fathers Network

Greg Schell
Kindering Center, 16120 NE 8th St.,Bellevue
Phone: (425) 747-4004 ext. #4286

This network serves fathers of children with special needs by providing resources and holding support group meetings."

Mothers Circle at Kindering Center 

Rosanne Feder Carter, LMFTA
Kindering Center, 16120 NE 8th St.,Bellevue
Mother's Circle welcomes all mothers who have children with special needs ages 0-6 years to join us for lively conversation, good humor and emotional support in the company of other women who truly understand the unique struggles and celebrations of raising a child with special needs.  They meet the 1st and 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month from 6:30-8:00pm. 

Bothell, WA   

Mother's Circle


The goal of this group is to be there for each other in tought times, celebrate the good times and just know that you are not alone on this journey. There is limited no-cost childcare with reservations available during the group. The general location is Bothell/Juanita area – exact location to be given upon contact. To get location information, added to the bi-weekly Evite invitation list, or to find out more about the group, please email

Bremerton, WA   

Parent to Parent Support for Autism in Kitsap County

Holly Patton
CK Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nels Neson Road, Bremerton, WA
Phone: (360) 377-3473

The Arc of Kitsap and Jefferson Counties’ Parent of Parent of Kitsap County started a local group for autism support called AS IF (Autism Support, Information and Fun.) The goal of this group is to create a sustainable autism group for Kitsap County that will not only provide information and resources, but will also meet the families’ need for socialization and fun. This group meets the first Friday of each month, October through June, 7:00-9:00 PM. Childcare may be available with one week advance notice.

Carnation, WA   

Riverview Special-Ed Families Network

This group serves families of children with disabilities living within the boundaries of the Riverview School District. They host monthly speakers related to special education or raising children with disabilities. For more information or to view the upcoming speaker calendar, please visit

Edmonds, WA   

Edmonds Special Education Parent Group

This group has the intention of improving education for children with special needs. Use their email and ask to be added to their YahooGroup.

Turquoise Social Group for Women in Edmonds

Turquoise is a group for women with ADD, AS, HFA, NLD or related conditions. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30 PM and feature movies, board games, recipe swapping, book discussions, crafts, and other activities that are of interest to participants.

Everett, WA

ARC of Snohomish County

Shayne Nagel, Executive Director

Arc offices, 2500 Hewitt Ave, Suite 300, Everett, WA 98201

Phone: (425)258-2459

Mon-Fri; 10am to 3pm


Support groups, Sibshops, Parent-to-Parent, Connecting Families events, special education support, disability resource navigation and education promoting healthy families, inclusion, and self-advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Everett Parent Support Group

Tracie Diemert
Arc Office, 2500 Hewitt Ave, Suite 300, Everett, WA
Phone: (425) 258-2459 ext 111

Everett Special Ed PTSA

Scott Schreffler:
Jean Sullivan:
ARC of Snohomish County,
2500 Hewitt Ave, Suite 300, Everett.

Everett School District Special Education PTSA meets at the ARC of Snohomish County. Ask to be added to"

I C.A.N. - Women's Self-advocacy Support Network

Corinna Fale
Phone: (425)258-2459 x103

I C.A.N. Women’s Self-Advocacy Support Network for women with disabilities, meets at the Arc Office, 5:00-6:30 PM, RSVP required. "

Father's Network

Jeff Atkins
Snohomish County Arc office, 2500 Hewitt Ave, Suite 300, Everett, WA
Phone: (425) 258-2459 ext 105

This group meets the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 PM."

Padres Unidos de Snohomish County

Jessie Atkins
The Little Red Schoolhouse, 14 East Casino Rd, Building A, Everett WA 98208.
Phone: (425)258-2459 x105

Padres Unidos, a support group in Spanish for parents 6:00-8:00 PM."

Parent Connections

Jessie Atkins
Arc of Snohomish County offices, 2500 Hewitt Ave Suite 300, Everett, WA
Phone: (425) 258-2459 Ext 105

This group meets on the second Monday of the month, 7 - 8:30pm. Everyone is welcome.  No child care is provided."

Snohomish Autism Spectrum Support Information and Education (SASSIE)

Tracie Diemert
The Arc of Snohomish County, 2500 Hewitt Ave, Suite 300, Everett. 
Phone: (425) 258-2459 ext 111

Parent To Parent of the Arc of Snohomish County Autism Support Group meets the fourth Monday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Fife, WA   

Browns Point Moms Support Group

Susan Jackson

This group meets on the 3rd Friday of the month at 6:30pm at Johnny’s at Fife Restaurant. Not just autism and Asperger’s, includes all disabilities."

Issaquah, WA   

Issaquah School District Parents

Meet other parents with special needs students from the Issaquah School District. Brainstorm ideas for monthly meetings. Enjoy a casual atmosphere with light refreshments. To be added to the email list, please email Roseann.

Nami Family Support Group

Issaquah City Hall,
130 E Sunset Way,
Coho Room, Issaquah, WA
Phone: (425) 822-6264
A new NAMI family support group is now meeting in Issaquah on the third Wednesday of each month. FREE and pre-registration is not required.

Kirkland, WA   

Fairfax Hospital Support Group

Fairfax Boardroom, 10200 NE 132nd St, Kirkland, WA Contact
Phone: (425) 761-9050

Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month, 7 - 8:30pm.

Nami Eastside Monthly Forums

Evergreen Hospital, Suite Tan 100, 12303 NE 130th Lane, Kirkland, WA
Phone: (425) 885-6264

Monthly talks from 7:00-9:00 PM.  Open and free to all.

Lake Stevens, WA   

Lake Stevens Parent Support Group

Kelly Church
Lake Stevens School District Administration Building, 12309 22nd St NE, Room A, Lake Stevens, WA
Phone:  (425) 258-2459 ext 107

Lynnwood, WA   

Parent Support Group

Cynthia Allen-Weissinger: or (425) 438-9608
Glenna Clouse ME.d., LMHC: or (206) 617-2131
Lynnwood Public Library,
19200 44th Avenue West,
Lynnwood, WA

For families facing the joys and challenges of children with special needs living in the south Snohomish County and surrounding communities sponsored by Puget Sound Autism Services.

Snohomish County Mother's Network

Jessie Atkins
Millcreek Foursquare Church, 1415 – 164th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA
Phone: (425) 259-2459 ext 105

This group meets the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM - Noon. Mothers only. For childcare contact Jessie Atkins."

Children with Asperger's Parent Group

Pam Graham
The Family Center in Lynnwood,
6330 195th St SW,
Lynnwood, WA
Phone:  (425) 670-8984 x22

Group meets twice monthly on the first and third Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Free. Guest speakers featured at the third Monday meetings.  Sponsored by Family Support Center.

Parent Support Group

Cynthia Allen-Weissinger
Puget Sound Autism Services,
5105 200th Street SW, Suite 10,
Lynnwood, WA

Open Discussion from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Maple Valley, WA   


Sara Lundin
Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley, WA
Phone:  (425) 432-1366

This is a group for families of children receiving special education in the Tahoma School district and surrounding areas. This group meets the 1st Tuesday of every month (including summer) from 6:30-8pm. Call or email for details.

Marysville, WA   

Marysville Special Education PTSA


Monroe, WA   

Teen Support Group

Sandra Nunnelee

Interested in support for teens on the spectrum in Monroe?  A Monroe mother is starting and facilitating this group.

Olympia, WA   

Child Care Action Council (CCAC) Respite Program

(360) 786-8907

CCAC provides referrals to help families find licensed respite care providers who have been contracted through DDD. CCAC serves to help families in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties.

Parents of Children with Mental Issues

Thurston County Health, Department,
412 E Lilly Road, Olympia, WA

Support group for parents of children with mental issues. Meetings are second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 7-8:30pm.

Olympia Asperger’s Educational Group

Renne Buell
(360) 459-3015 helps families find special needs resources and respite child care by ZIP code.

Puyallup, WA   

Puyallup Autism Support

Phone: (253) 262-1742

For more information, email ASAP (Advocating for Students with Autism in Puyallup and surrounding areas). Group meets October through June each school year."

Redmond, WA   

Redmond Toddler Group

6505 176th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052-4930
Phone: (425) 869-5605

This is a parenting program provided through Lake Washington Technical College. Although most of the children who attend are typically developing, some high-functioning autistic children are also in the program. One FEAT member has had her autistic son in Redmond Toddler Group and says she found them very supportive and willing to integrate her son into their activities. The Redmond Toddler Group offers classes, broken down into 12-23 months old, and 24-36 months. Parents with infant children less than a year old stay with their children during the entire class. Parents with children 1 and over alternate each week between spending part of the class at a play station with children and part of the class meeting with teachers to discuss various topics. In addition, each parent is required once a month to come to an evening parenting class. This class typically lasts anywhere from 1-1/2 to 3 hours and features speakers on various topics relating to parenting.

Lake Washington PTSA  Special Needs Group

Julie Shalaby
LWSD Resource Center,
16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA

The PTSA Special Needs Group, made up of parents in the Lake Washington School District whose children receive special services and/or classroom support, meets every month of the school year except December and June on the fourth Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Redmond Town Center.  "

My Group

Elaine Duncan, MA, LMHC
Phone: (425) 883-4939

Group for adults, ages 18 and over, on the spectrum, meets Mondays, 5-6pm, Redmond, $110 per month. Small group with similar challenges. Casual and fun, a safe place to get comfortable in a group and ask your questions. Led by Elaine Duncan who has lead groups for people on the spectrum for over five years."

Nami Eastside Family Resource Center

16315 NE 87th Street, Suite B-11, Redmond, WA
Phone: (425) 885-6264
Wide variety of support groups, conferences, classes, and more for families and individuals living with mental health challenges."

Seattle, WA   

Northwest’s Child

1823 North 85th Street,
Seattle, WA, 98103-4107
Phone: (206) 526-2493

Northwest’s Child is a program of after school care and extended day care for children, teens and young adults with special needs. They also have a program in Edmonds (425-431-4930 ).

Children's Home Society of Washington

The Centers at Green River Community College and Highline Community College offer part- and full-day child care services with a stimulating pre-school curriculum for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The centers provide early screening and developmental assessments, individualized learning plans for each child, and parent education and support.

Asperger's Syndrome Adult Socializing Group

Grace Lutheran Church, 112th and Greenwood Ave N, SEATTLE.
Phone: (206) 362-0922

FREE bi-monthly group for adults on the high-end of the autism spectrum: socialize, get acquainted, great discussions. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7:00-9:00 PM.  For details please leave a message, if no one answers and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

Aspire Girls of the Puget Sound Area

Aspire Girls of the Puget Sound area is a volunteer-run group for girls with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism or related social-skills challenges. The girls make friends, engage in fun, planned activities and enjoy a healthy GFCF snack, while parents have the opportunity to discuss chosen topics in an adjoining room. All ages are welcome. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, 2:00-4:00 PM, Wallingford, Seattle.

Autism Living Life and You (Allies)

Lynn Vigo
Phone: (206) 987-3571

ALLY offers a staff/parent-led support group for parents of children significantly affected by autism. ALLY meets the last Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Child care is available, $10 per family suggested donation. Registration is required."
Karen Roe, Certified ADHD Coach
Phone: (206) 782-2232

Epilepsy Parent Support Group

Blair Maurer:
Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

Seattle Children’s Hospital hosts a support group for parents of children with epilepsy. The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 25, 6:00-8:00 PM, in Room G1026 and G1027. Childcare is available in the adjoining room. Email for more information.

King County Parent to Parent Support (a program of the ARC of King County)

Jodi Reimer or Angela Dawson
Phone: (206) 364-6337 ext. #7042

Parent to Parent offers an opportunity for parents of children with developmental disabilities and special health care needs to support one another through a mentoring system, wherein a volunteer parent with more experience shares his/her knowledge with a parent who has a newly diagnosed child. Parent to Parent also offers educational workshops and networking opportunities for parents. autismKing is an email support and information group for parents of children with ASD in the King County area.

MOCHA – Mothers Of Children with Autism

Contact: Janelle Hall at or (206) 371-5128 or Sarah Richards at or (425) 260-1190. No RSVP required.

King County Parent Coalition

Cathy Murahashi
Phone: (425) 643-4048

The King County Parent Coalition is composed of representatives from parent groups, formal or informal, and school districts in King County. They appreciate members who represent all ages, disabilities, and ethnic backgrounds. They come together to take action for those with developmental disabilities. Contact for current meeting schedule and agenda.

King County Parent to Parent

Cathy Murahashi, King County Parent to Parent (sometimes called P2P)

To subscribe to the YahooGroup and receive updates on all the various events and announcements, send an email to"

All parents and family members of children on the spectrum or with related developmental issues are welcome. Childcare is not available. This is a lively group, oriented toward upbeat talk. Support and information exchange. Call the meeting organizer for specific information about bringing a child or children. Usually meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, but can vary. 

Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council

Rick Minutoli
Phone: (206) 396-3719 or (206) 725-7361

Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council for Seattle Schools. Contact for upcoming meetings and advocacy assistance. Meetings are held each month at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence, 7:00 to 9:00 PM. 

Seattle Special Ed PTSA

Caffe Appassionato,
4001 21st Avenue West, Seattle, Q

The Seattle Special Ed PTSA serves and advocates for parents and students living in the Seattle School District. Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM, location to be announced. Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 9:45 AM. Board meetings are open to all. If you have an item for the agenda, email it 48 hours in advance of meeting. Contact for MORE information.

Seattle Twice Exceptional Group

Phone: (206) 708-6343
Join this group for parents whose bright children may be both gifted and disabled, have unique needs and face challenges fitting into the education system and community. All are welcome to attend.

Seattle Children's Center for Children with Special Needs

Maryam Jafari, Project Coordinator
Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 987-3736
Type of Payment Options Accepted: Free of Charge

The Seattle Children's Center for Children with Special Needs is an information source for families and professionals. Focused on children and youth with special health needs who have physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.

Talk About Curing Autism

Janelle Hall: or (206) 371-5128
Sarah Richards: or (425) 260-1190

Janelle Hall and Sarah Richards are starting a chapter of TACA in Seattle

Sequim, WA

SNAP Support in Clallam County

220 W. Alder Street, Room 11E,
Sequim, WA 98383
Phone: (360) 681-8642

SNAP provides a variety of supportive resources for Clallam County. Contact for more information."

Shoreline, WA   

Aim High

216 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155
Phone: (206) 417-8357

Aim High is a before-and-after school home day care program, that serves children ages 5 to 14 who have autism. At Aim High, students are provided a variety of structured activities to meet their individual needs, with an emphasis on communication, social cognitive skills, self-help skills, social interaction, play and leisure skills. Staff to student ratio is 1:3.

Northwest Special Families

Northwest Special Families is a parent-led community of families with children with special needs. They offer supported social opportunities for children and families in North King and South Snohomish counties. Northwest Special Families offers a variety of programs for special needs children, from preschool through elementary age, and their families

Shoreline Asperger/High Functioning autism and PDD-NOS Support Group

15230 15th Avenue NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Meetings are at the Fircrest Campus Activities Bldg in Shoreline.

Mom and Me Groups

Jessie Atkins: or (425) 258-2459 x 105
Jamie Coonts: or (425) 258-2459 x 104

Mom and Me Groups for moms and their kids ages 0-5 years, 10:00 AM to Noon."
Katie Ramsburgh, MA, LMFTA
Phone: (425) 988-4408

Katie Ramsburgh, marriage and family therapist associated, is starting a parent support group for parents of children with neurological disorders, especially sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and Aspergers. Please contact for more information.

Spokane, WA

Autism Support

Susan Wells
Phonwe:  (509) 326-0559

Check out SpokaneAutism, a YahooGroup for Eastern Washington.

Tacoma, WA

STOMP: Specialized Training of Military Parents

6316 s 12th St Tacoma, WA 98465

Free service Information about parents rights and responsibilities, workshops.

Community Alternatives for People with Autism (CAPA)

12001 Pacific Avenue South, Suite 201, Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: (253) 536-2339

CAPA assists individuals with autism to maintain independent living in their own homes and to gain meaningful community employment. Both living and working situations are intended to support individuals with autism and other disabilities as valued, integrated members of our community.

Washington State Child Care Resource & Referral Network

1551 Broadway, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98042-3332
Phone: (253) 383-1735

This group works through 11 local child care resources and referral programs serving every county in the state – to help families find licensed childcare to match your needs.

South Puget Sound Support Group

South Campus of Bates Technical College

Building E Auditorium,

2201 South 78th St, Tacoma, WA

Local information (King County): Ricci King:
South Puget Sound information: Dean and Denise Fulton:

Meetings are held from 10am - 12:30pm.

Special Families of Pierce County

Angela Fish
Phone: (253) 830-4368

Please contact to be added to the mailing list or for more information. Special Families of Pierce County is a support group for families with special needs children in the south sound region. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Selected lending library resources are available at each meeting. Professionals and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.  Childcare is not provided.

Thurston, WA

Family Alliance for Mental Health

Donna Obermeyer
Phone: (360) 790-7505

Support for parents and caregivers of children and youth in Thurston and Mason counties who struggle with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges.  Meet others who share the same challenges to find solutions based on family strengths. Partnering with 30 local community, regional, state and national parent and professional organizations and schools to provide access to speakers/training, resources and referrals. Monthly parent networking meetings offered in both counties, including wraparound support and individual meetings offered upon request.


Maura Garratt
Phone: (360) 923-5666

New group for parents of children in the North Thurston School District.

Woodinville, WA

Eastside Parent Support Group

Beth Jenson, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist
Sunridge Professional Building,
17220 – 127th Place NE, Suite 304, Woodinville, WA
Phone: (425) 830-2493

Support group for parents of children with autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, and Sensory Integration Disorders. Led by Beth Jenson, Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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