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Sometimes the best resource for parents and caregivers of children with special needs are others who are facing similar issues and challenges. Join Special Connections, our new online parent support community. Families often gain strength by networking with others and realizing they are not alone.
You will find additional resources in our Condition-specific section. The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's recommends resources where parents and caregivers can turn to find support.
Fernside Center for Grieving Children provides peer group support for grieving children, teens and their parents or guardians.
iVillage.com can connect you to a wide range of online parenting support groups.
Mothers of Special Children of Northern Kentucky meets monthly in Erlanger. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pam Blackburn, 859-525-6783.
The Self-Help Group Sourcebook Online provides detailed information on how to start online support groups, message boards, chat rooms and email discussion groups. They also have resources to help you find existing online support and discussion groups.
Autism Support Group meets second Tuesday of each month at Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road. Call 513-561-2300 for more information.
Bipolar Support Group provides support for patients and families through the Hand 2 Hand (NAMI) Support Group. The group is for parents of children, up to age 17, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or with symptoms of, or a diagnosis of a serious emotional or brain disorder. Contact the Family Resource Center at College Hill, 513-636-7808 or NAMI, 513-948-3094 for information.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national nonprofit organization provides resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals dealing with children and / or adults with ADHD.
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati offers information, resources and support to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families, including a Parent Network Program.
Fragile X Syndrome Parent Support Group meets every other month at Cincinnati Children's Mason Campus. Email Sara Bitter or call 513-697-7979 for more information.
H.E.L.P. (Helping Everyone Live Positively) is a support group for young adults, ages 18 through 30, learning to cope with mental health issues. Meetings are held at St. Monica / St. George Church in Cincinnati. Email for information.
Klippel Trenaunay Support Group provides families, adults with K-T, and professionals with links to information and opportunities to learn from each other. Activities include bi-annual meetings of patients and their families, online discussion groups for families and teens, newsletter and medical literature related to K-T. Phone support among members is available.
Starbright World connects teens and young adults ages 13-20 who are dealing with a serious illness or injury. Siblings ages 13-20 are also welcome .If you are under 18, your parent will have to give consent.
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