Autism Support Groups

If you take care of a loved one with developmental delays or autism and are looking for more information or support, we encourage you to join one of our Autism Support Group sessions. By registering today, you can set aside time for yourself to meet other members of the autism community. You’ll also gain strategies and resources to help you in the day-to-day.


We hope that you leave feeling connected and empowered. Currently, we have several sessions planned for 2022 and 2023. Please use the form below if you are interested in signing up for a session. Note: All sessions are in-person at our Children’s Center, located at 1813 Rohrerstown Road. 

December 15, 2022 at 6 pm: Self-Care for Caregivers: Research indicates parents and caregivers of children with ASD have reported significant stress and challenges in caregiving. However, stress-coping research on parents and caregivers of children remains limited. The presentation will focus on some elements of self-care for coping and building resilience.  


March 23, 2023 at 6 pm: Special Education Issues: Special education is the process by which students with unique needs receive education by addressing their differences while integrating them as much as possible into the educational environment of their peers. This presentation will focus on the education process and the issues that may arise.


June 15, 2023 at 6 pm: Behavior Management: A significant proportion of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are referred to mental health centers due to challenging behaviors. Challenging behaviors in individuals with ASD often result from underlying social and communication difficulties and possibly other comorbidities; traditional caregiver-mediated behavior intervention techniques developed for children with disruptive behavior disorders may need to be adapted. The presentation will focus on behavior management strategies to support caregivers supporting individuals with autism. 


September 14, 2023 at 6 pm: Vocational Skills for Individuals with Autism: Obtaining and maintaining employment is difficult for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Further, few individuals with ASD have been trained in the vocational skills needed to obtain gainful employment. This review of the literature focuses on vocational training interventions explicitly targeted to adolescents and adults with ASD.


December 14, 2023 at 6 pm: Psychotropic Medication: A high proportion of people assigned a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder are prescribed psychotropic medications such as antipsychotics, antidepressants, etc., primarily for managing challenging behaviors. The presentation will focus on resources associated with educating caregivers regarding psychotropic medications and their effects. 


Autism Support Group

Sign-up for Autism Support Group sessions.
Autism Support Group Selection(Required)
Please select which sessions you would like to attend. You may select more than one session!


Karen F.

If you are interested in sponsorship or would like to learn other ways to get involved with Excentia’s events, please contact Karen, Vice President for Advancement & Community Relations . She can be reached by phone during office hours or you can send her an email.