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Asperger's Support Groups and Organizations


  1. Aspergers Support Groups - Here you will find contact information for Aspergers and Autism support groups in locations around the world. 
  2. ACTION for ASD - Offering advice, information, support, social events and training -- 2001 awarded almost £280,000 by UK funders -- Community Fund to develop our services at a professional level across Lancashire UK. 
  3. Advocates for Individuals with High Functioning Autism - Asperger's Syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Corp., Long Island, New York -- Parent group whose primary purpose is to support one another as we advocate for the unique needs of children and adults with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. 
  4. AHA/AS/PDD - The Advocates for Individuals with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Corp., Long Island, New York -- Parent group whose primary purpose is to support one another as they advocate for the unique needs of children and adults with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. 
  5. Aromacaring - Health issues including complementary therapies for special needs 
  6. Asociacion Asperger Granada - Pagina web de la asociacion asperger de Granada España 
  7. Asperger Advocates - Asperger Advocates is a support group for families of children with Asperger's Syndrome. This group serves the York County area of Pennsylvania. 
  8. Asperger Friends - Asperger's Friends in Hunterdon County NJ is the chance to meet with new friends that have Asperger Syndrome. 
  9. Asperger Help - The mission of Asperger Help is to be a center for people seeking answers, sharing knowledge, understanding the process, and educating others about several disorders on the spectrum such as Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Tourettes, and more. 
  10. asperger solution - Adolescence represents the most dangerous time for our children . They are at their most vulnerable and the education system is at its most demanding .The health system is not geared up to deal with the fall-out: The incidence of Depression is high. Prevention is the only show in town. 
  11. Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the U.S. (ASC-US) - We are a national non-profit organization committed to providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on Asperger Syndrome and related conditions, including: Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) High Functioning Autism (HFA) Nonverbal 
  12. Asperger Syndrome Education Network, Inc. (ASPEN®) - ASPEN ® is a regionally-based non-profit organization headquartered in New Jersey, with 12 local chapters, providing families and those individuals affected with Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, and related disorders. 
  13. Aspergers Syndrome Support Group, Western Australia - Support group based in Western Australia for the Parents/carers of those with Aspergers Syndrome. Site provides contact details for the group. The group has a resource library with books, CD's, tapes related to Aspergers Syndrome. 
  14. ASPIE of Texas - Asperger's Syndrome support group for the greater Houston area. Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land. Speakers and great information each month. 
  15. Autism Asperger Associates of Michigan - Social skill training, recreation groups, therapy services and family workshops. 
  16. Berkshire Autistic Society - UK -- Berkshire Autistic Society (BAS) is a support and action group for the parents and carers of children and adults with autism, autism related problems, Asperger Syndrome or challenging behaviour. 
  17. Cloud 9 Children's Foundation - Asperger Syndrome Foundation. New Zealand 
  18. Families for Early Autism Treatment - North Texas - (FEAT-NT) Bedford, Texas -- A non-profit organization of parents and concerned professionals dedicated to providing world-class Education, Advocacy, and Support for children with autism and their families. 
  19. Families of Adults Afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome - FAAAS, Inc., Centerville, MA -- Chapter information, calendar, mailing list and resources lists. 
  20. FEDERACIÓN ASPERGER ESPAÑA - Official website of the FEDERACIÓN ASPERGER ESPAÑA 
  21. Geneva Centre for Autism - Toronto, Canada -- Resources, support and training for Autism/PDD. Committed to collaborative partnerships with families and professionals to ensure services meet individual needs, the Centre mission is to empower individuals with autism and other related disorders, and their families, to fully participate in their communities. 
  22. GRASP Southeast Iowa Network (Iowa City/Coralville) - A support group for adults on the autistic spectrum. We meet monthly to support each other through discussion, information, and advocacy. We are a local network of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP). 
  23. International Parents of Aspergers Syndrom Support Group - Online Message Board to Discuss Aspergers 
  24. K12academics.com - An Education and Disability Resource Center for Teachers, Schools, Parents & Students throughout the U.S. 
  25. Kiss My Asperger's - A Yahoo Group dedicating to bringing together adults with Asperger's Syndrome. 
  26. New Zealand Aspergers Chat Community - An online or email discussion group for New zealanders to chat about aspergers Syndrome and related issues. 
  27. Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support (tm) OASIS -- O.A.S.I.S. is a very extensive, award winning site containing news, message boards, resources, and links. 
  28. Richard Howlin, Ph.D. - Chelsea Center for Learning Disorders, Chelsea, Michigan -- Areas of Diagnostic Expertise include Asperger Syndrome, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders 
  29. Tantra, Intimacy and Asperger's Syndrome Project - Educational programs in sexuality, tantra and intimate relationships. 
  30. The Autism Treatment Center of America - The Son-Rise Program is a highly effective method for helping children with Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and related developmental challenges that has been achieving dramatic results for over 25 years. 
  31. The Friendship Club - This social group is for teens and young adults 13 year of age and older in Oakland County, Michigan. 
  32. University Students With Autism And Asperger's Syndrome - Cambridge, UK -- First person accounts, FAQ and Books, The University-Students-With-Autism-And-Asperger's-Syndrome Mailing List, Getting A Diagnosis, Associated Conditions, Study Skills For Students With HFA/AS, Surviving the University Environment, How To Be An Advocate In Your Spare Time. 
  33. WAAS - Western Australia Autism Support Group - We are a group of West Australian parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 
  34. Wallingford, CT Aspergers Support Group - A support group that meets monthly in Wallingford, CT for adults with Asperger's Syndrome 
  35. West Hills Montessori School - Special Education - We have montessori, special education, summer camps and more. Check our website or call for details. 
  36. Westchester County, NY Asperger E-mail Support - This group is moderated by a Certified School Psychologist who has done an extensive amount of work with children who have been diagnosed with Asperger/Autistic/PDD. There is also a Licenced/Certified Speech Language Pathologist with the group. It is a wonderful place for parents, educators, and anyone who works with children with these Autism Spectrum Disorders or with children who have some symptoms but are not diagnosed.


1 comment:

funnyfemale said...

My son has not been formerly diagnosed with aspergers, but everyone of our family therapists, psychiatrist, pediatrician, etc, all think he's got aspergers. He is 9 years old and has all the symptoms. There's a problem though: even though aspergers is strongly suspected, the wait list for testing can take up to six months to happen. Are there any special circumstances where testing can be given a shove into emergency overdrive? Things are becoming worse everyday. My son not only has every symptom, he also has NOS and ODD and mood disorder which makes things a thousand times harder. He physically attacks people, especially me and his two year old brother. He has no concept of boundaries and becomes easily agitated at any given time. If someone breathes wrong, he goes ballistic. It is becoming very dangerous and creates a safety hazard for his brother. If it were just me, I would be able to handle it better, but since there is a toddler involved, well, it is seemingly impossible to focus all of my time on either one of them. Therapy is not working. I say that because we have had in home therapy for over two years now. Meds do not do anything, either. He is also doing respite twice a week to give me a break from chaos, but it's not really a break to me because as soon as he comes back from respite, he starts lashing out. Never doing what he is told EVER. I call the police like every other day and it's exhausting to call the police for help all the time when they don't even do anything but nag me about it. But if I don't call them, I get in trouble by our family therapists. I just can't win. It's clear that he needs more help than I am able to provide, but nothing helpful is ever done. He is a great kid, when he wants to be, but that is very rare. I don't know how much more our family can take. He doesn't want to act the way he does, but he can't help it and it isn't his fault. I completely understand that fact, but it does not make it okay to just sit back and wait for something really bad to happen. His behavior is unbearable and very unsafe.

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the Aspergers child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually.

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Aspergers Children

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But... don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

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Parenting Defiant Aspergers Teens

Although Aspergers is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager with Aspergers are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the Aspergers teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

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Aspergers Children “Block-Out” Their Emotions

Parenting children with Aspergers and HFA can be a daunting task. In layman’s terms, Aspergers is a developmental disability that affects the way children develop and understand the world around them, and is directly linked to their senses and sensory processing. This means they often use certain behaviors to block out their emotions or response to pain.

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children With Aspergers Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent? Parents of teens with Aspergers face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

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Living with an Aspergers Spouse/Partner

Research reveals that the divorce rate for people with Aspergers is around 80%. Why so high!? The answer may be found in how the symptoms of Aspergers affect intimate relationships. People with Aspergers often find it difficult to understand others and express themselves. They may seem to lose interest in people over time, appear aloof, and are often mistaken as self-centered, vain individuals.

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Online Parent Coaching for Parents of Asperger's Children

If you’re the parent of a child with Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism, you know it can be a struggle from time to time. Your child may be experiencing: obsessive routines; problems coping in social situations; intense tantrums and meltdowns; over-sensitivity to sounds, tastes, smells and sights; preoccupation with one subject of interest; and being overwhelmed by even the smallest of changes.

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Unraveling The Mystery Behind Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism

Parents, teachers, and the general public have a lot of misconceptions of Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism. Many myths abound, and the lack of knowledge is both disturbing and harmful to kids and teens who struggle with the disorder.

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Parenting Children and Teens with High-Functioning Autism

Two traits often found in kids with High-Functioning Autism are “mind-blindness” (i.e., the inability to predict the beliefs and intentions of others) and “alexithymia” (i.e., the inability to identify and interpret emotional signals in others). These two traits reduce the youngster’s ability to empathize with peers. As a result, he or she may be perceived by adults and other children as selfish, insensitive and uncaring.

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