Support Groups


The Autism Society supports individuals online through Yahoo, Facebook, and Meetup, and face-to-face through monthly support meetings and social groups around Texas.  Regardless of the setting, these opportunities give individuals with autism, parents, and professionals the chance to exchange information, share stories, and compare notes.  We’re also happy to provide individualized Information and Referral services.  Please feel free to call 512-479-4199 or e-mail support@texasautismsociety.org any time and AST Staff or a volunteer will respond within a couple days.

Links to our online groups:

Autism Society of Texas Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-Society-of-Central-Texas/281607565214275

Autism Society of Texas – San Antonio Chapter Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/autismsocietysa

Autism Society of Texas -El Paso Chapter Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AutismSocietyEP/

Adults with Autism in Texas (Not for parents/caregivers, autistic adults only please). Request to join:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1311075745688140/

Yahoo Online Support Group-Central Texas https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AutismSocietyCentralTexas/info
This group is for parents, family members, and caregivers of children and adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder who live in Central Texas, primarily around the Austin area. Students, therapists, and educators involved with ASD are also welcome. The aim of this list is to share information in a friendly, supportive environment.

In-person Support Meetings:

Please email us at support@texasautismsociety.org for information about groups, unless otherwise listed below.

For a complete list of support groups along with location and time, please consult the website calendar here.
You can find your nearest group by plugging your zip code into our interactive map here: http://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=2186719&x=-97.753401&y=30.307984&z=8

Spectrum Girls Support & Social Group
Meets at different times, usually once per month on a weekend, with varied activities.  For girls and teens with autism and their caregivers. Check calendar for upcoming events.

Adults with Autism Support Meeting
Meets last Wednesday of each month 6:00 pm
Contact: support@texasautismsociety.org
This group is for Adults on the Autism Spectrum, age 18 and older.

Thrive Parents Group Meeting
Meets last Wednesday of each month 6:00 pm during the meeting for adults with autism.

Central Austin Support Meeting
Meets last Wednesday each month 10:00am at Central Market, 4001 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 

South Austin Support Meeting
Meets second Thursday of each month from 6-8 pm at The Hive,
10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748

San Antonio Support Meeting
Meets monthly. Check website calendar.
Contact: support@texasautismsociety.org

Georgetown Support Meeting
Meets at Thundercloud Subs, usually one Friday evening per month. 814 Main Street, Georgetown, TX 78626

In-person Social Groups:
Please, check the AST calendar for date and location information for social groups.

Adult Recreation Group (Austin)
Contact:  support@texasautismsociety.org
This social group is for adults with autism, age 18 and older.

Friends & Family Happy Hour (Austin)
This social group is for parents, relatives, and professionals of individuals with autism, ages 21 and up.  No children, please.

Austin Special Needs
This group meets regularly and is for children with autism and other disabilities. Please check the Meetup group for information: https://www.meetup.com/North-Austin-Special-Needs-Parents/

Don’t see a group in your area? Please contact us at support@texasautismsociety.org! We may be able to connect you with a local autism group or help you start a social or support group! Nearly all of our groups are run by volunteers, so please consider getting involved!

Upcoming Events

Jun
6
Sat
(Canceled) Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
(Canceled) Georgetown Autism Support Group @ Big Cafe

Our support group is for caregivers. It is very informal. We share ideas, resources, and support with one another. Kids are welcome to come along. Please joins us for a cup of coffee and to chat about all things autism.

Please note! This group meets every other month on even months: Feb., April, June, August, October, December

Jun
7
Sun
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!

Please email Kenny to get the Zoom information for the Waco area online support group!  Thank you!

Kenny: kennymc22@yahoo.com

The information below refers to the in-person group, which will resume when it is safe to do so! For now, we will meet on Zoom! Thank you!

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Location:

Downstairs conference room – Waco Central Library. If you can’t find us, please ask at the library kiosk!

About the group:

Waco for a long time has needed and wanted a place where us adults on the autism spectrum could meet up and connect with others. This group will be peer lead and all adults 18 & up are welcome, diagnosed or undiagnosed. We will be meeting every 4th Sunday at the Waco Central Library, 1717 Austin Ave Waco TX, in the private conference room (downstairs) between 2-4pm. This is a fairly large room with a solid door and a small glass view in it. This group is sponsored by the Autism Society of Texas.

This is to be a place of positivity and for all points of view. We want this to be a safe place for all who can identify, and a place where our identities will be safe too. 

We have a Facebook Page! If you are on Facebook, please join our Facebook Group: Autistic Adult Support Group Waco
If you are 18 or older please visit our Facebook page for more details.
Please read! Important group information!
This group is strictly for adults, 18 and up only. (Please do not bring children). If an autistic individual prefers or needs someone to attend with them (caregiver/friend/loved one), we ask that the person support the autistic individual as needed, but not participate in the group unless it’s to facilitate communication or any other required assistance. This group is intended for autistic people to share and support each other. Thank you!
*If you are a parent/caregiver looking for a support group for yourself, please contact Jacquie- jacquie@texasautismsociety.org .* Thank you!
Jun
9
Tue
(Canceled) Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
(Canceled) Clear Lake-Gulf Coast Support Group @ IHOP
Who: Individuals with autism and their family or caregivers-all ages welcome
There is a limit of 35 guests.
Each family is responsible for their own bill.
Gluten friendly items are available.
Jun
10
Wed
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!
Jun 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!

Hey families! Your kiddos ages 8-14 are invited to the first ever Cool Kids Club Show & Tell! Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education alongside Autism Society of Texas will be hosting this virtual ASD hangout May 27 at 3:30 pm on Zoom!

The Cool Kids Club is all about making friends and showing off how awesome we are! We know this season of quarantine can be difficult for kiddos to make new friends, so we wanted to create a safe place to practice!

RSVP required! Please RSVP here.

Show and Tell Structure:
– Tell us your name
– Tell us about your Show & Tell
– Facilitators and/or the hosting BCBA can ask probing questions if needed
– Q&A time for other kiddos to ask about your Show & Tell!

This is a themed Show & Tell, and the theme is Dinosaurs! Each kid will present something having to do with castles. It can be anything from a dinosaur toy, a dinosaur picture, dinosaur clothing, video games with dinosaurs, or crafted dinosaurs! The opportunities are endless, let’s get creative! We are so excited to see what you show us!

Parent Prep:
– Prepare your child for the amount of time they’ll get to talk during the meeting. We will have a timer shown so kiddos have a visual to go off of.
– Make sure your child’s Show & Tell is ready / technology is set up for the meeting.
– If necessary, have a conversation with your child about appropriate language to use when commenting on other children’s Show & Tell and when presenting on their own.
– Please go over the group rules with your child before the meeting.
– Please make sure that all, if any, of your child’s AAC/communication devices or tools are accessible during group.

Rules:
– Don’t talk when another friend is talking.
– If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it.
– The timer will tell you how much time you have to talk. When the timer goes off, it is someone else’s turn to talk.
– One of the grown-ups will let you know when it’s your turn for Show & Tell.

Okay, kiddos! You have from now until May 27 at 3:30 pm to choose and prepare your Show & Tell! We can’t wait to hear all about it!

Check it out on Facebook, too! https://www.facebook.com/events/178076493531666/

Autism Parent Support Group @ Virtual
Jun 10 @ 4:00 pm

A small and confidential virtual support group facilitated by practitioners using an acceptance-based approach to share experiences, connect with other parents who are on the same path, and gain valuable information from professionals in the field.

South Austin Support Meeting (Online) @ Zoom or Phone
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s important for parents, family members, friends, and guardians of children and adults with special needs to know and be connected with the supportive community. There’s no manual or one-size-fits-all way to help family members navigate schools, doctors, organizations, and so on.

The South Austin Support Meeting is a place for parents, guardians, friends, and family to come together; share stories, successes, challenges, and questions; and build community.

Meeting guests don’t have to prepare anything at all. Topics covered can include communication, schooling, family interactions, therapies, insurance, jobs, and other things. The conversation goes along depending on the interests and needs of meeting guests.

Due to COVID-19, the June 10, 2020 meeting will take place online and over the phone.

For instructions, contact the group’s facilitator, Lynn Cowles at 512-522-3220 or cowles5966@gmail.com

Hope to see you (virtually) soon!

Jun
14
Sun
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!

Please email Kenny to get the Zoom information for the Waco area online support group!  Thank you!

Kenny: kennymc22@yahoo.com

The information below refers to the in-person group, which will resume when it is safe to do so! For now, we will meet on Zoom! Thank you!

————-

Location:

Downstairs conference room – Waco Central Library. If you can’t find us, please ask at the library kiosk!

About the group:

Waco for a long time has needed and wanted a place where us adults on the autism spectrum could meet up and connect with others. This group will be peer lead and all adults 18 & up are welcome, diagnosed or undiagnosed. We will be meeting every 4th Sunday at the Waco Central Library, 1717 Austin Ave Waco TX, in the private conference room (downstairs) between 2-4pm. This is a fairly large room with a solid door and a small glass view in it. This group is sponsored by the Autism Society of Texas.

This is to be a place of positivity and for all points of view. We want this to be a safe place for all who can identify, and a place where our identities will be safe too. 

We have a Facebook Page! If you are on Facebook, please join our Facebook Group: Autistic Adult Support Group Waco
If you are 18 or older please visit our Facebook page for more details.
Please read! Important group information!
This group is strictly for adults, 18 and up only. (Please do not bring children). If an autistic individual prefers or needs someone to attend with them (caregiver/friend/loved one), we ask that the person support the autistic individual as needed, but not participate in the group unless it’s to facilitate communication or any other required assistance. This group is intended for autistic people to share and support each other. Thank you!
*If you are a parent/caregiver looking for a support group for yourself, please contact Jacquie- jacquie@texasautismsociety.org .* Thank you!
Jun
17
Wed
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!
Jun 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Virtual ASD Cool Kids Club: Show and Tell Group @ Your house!

Hey families! Your kiddos ages 8-14 are invited to the first ever Cool Kids Club Show & Tell! Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education alongside Autism Society of Texas will be hosting this virtual ASD hangout May 27 at 3:30 pm on Zoom!

The Cool Kids Club is all about making friends and showing off how awesome we are! We know this season of quarantine can be difficult for kiddos to make new friends, so we wanted to create a safe place to practice!

RSVP required! Please RSVP here.

Show and Tell Structure:
– Tell us your name
– Tell us about your Show & Tell
– Facilitators and/or the hosting BCBA can ask probing questions if needed
– Q&A time for other kiddos to ask about your Show & Tell!

This is a themed Show & Tell, and the theme is Dinosaurs! Each kid will present something having to do with castles. It can be anything from a dinosaur toy, a dinosaur picture, dinosaur clothing, video games with dinosaurs, or crafted dinosaurs! The opportunities are endless, let’s get creative! We are so excited to see what you show us!

Parent Prep:
– Prepare your child for the amount of time they’ll get to talk during the meeting. We will have a timer shown so kiddos have a visual to go off of.
– Make sure your child’s Show & Tell is ready / technology is set up for the meeting.
– If necessary, have a conversation with your child about appropriate language to use when commenting on other children’s Show & Tell and when presenting on their own.
– Please go over the group rules with your child before the meeting.
– Please make sure that all, if any, of your child’s AAC/communication devices or tools are accessible during group.

Rules:
– Don’t talk when another friend is talking.
– If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it.
– The timer will tell you how much time you have to talk. When the timer goes off, it is someone else’s turn to talk.
– One of the grown-ups will let you know when it’s your turn for Show & Tell.

Okay, kiddos! You have from now until May 27 at 3:30 pm to choose and prepare your Show & Tell! We can’t wait to hear all about it!

Check it out on Facebook, too! https://www.facebook.com/events/178076493531666/

Autism Parent Support Group @ Virtual
Jun 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A small and confidential virtual support group facilitated by practitioners using an acceptance-based approach to share experiences, connect with other parents who are on the same path, and gain valuable information from professionals in the field.

Jun
21
Sun
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Waco Autistic/Aspie Adult Support Group (Now on Zoom) @ Zoom!

Please email Kenny to get the Zoom information for the Waco area online support group!  Thank you!

Kenny: kennymc22@yahoo.com

The information below refers to the in-person group, which will resume when it is safe to do so! For now, we will meet on Zoom! Thank you!

————-

Location:

Downstairs conference room – Waco Central Library. If you can’t find us, please ask at the library kiosk!

About the group:

Waco for a long time has needed and wanted a place where us adults on the autism spectrum could meet up and connect with others. This group will be peer lead and all adults 18 & up are welcome, diagnosed or undiagnosed. We will be meeting every 4th Sunday at the Waco Central Library, 1717 Austin Ave Waco TX, in the private conference room (downstairs) between 2-4pm. This is a fairly large room with a solid door and a small glass view in it. This group is sponsored by the Autism Society of Texas.

This is to be a place of positivity and for all points of view. We want this to be a safe place for all who can identify, and a place where our identities will be safe too. 

We have a Facebook Page! If you are on Facebook, please join our Facebook Group: Autistic Adult Support Group Waco
If you are 18 or older please visit our Facebook page for more details.
Please read! Important group information!
This group is strictly for adults, 18 and up only. (Please do not bring children). If an autistic individual prefers or needs someone to attend with them (caregiver/friend/loved one), we ask that the person support the autistic individual as needed, but not participate in the group unless it’s to facilitate communication or any other required assistance. This group is intended for autistic people to share and support each other. Thank you!
*If you are a parent/caregiver looking for a support group for yourself, please contact Jacquie- jacquie@texasautismsociety.org .* Thank you!

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