Support Groups

Infant and Toddler Playgroup

Our Program offers several playgroups to provide opportunities for peer interaction and parent socialization with other Birth Through Five families.  Playgroups usually begin with a story or circle time using songs, books or flannel board activities that relate to a monthly theme.  This is followed by a sensory/craft project and then free play time.  Siblings are welcome.  Please talk to your service provider(s) about this opportunity and how it may benefit your child.

Locations:  Northwest Middle School (Judy Center Room)

                99 Kings Drive

                Taneytown, Maryland 21787

 

                 ▪open to Birth Through Five families in the Taneytown/Elmer

         Wolfe/Runnymead/Charles Carroll areas                  

 

                 ▪meets every Wednesday that schools are open from 10-11 am,

                   even on 2-hour late opening days and over the summer

 

                 ▪email Meagan Hall for further information and specific

                   directions

 

                  Carrolltowne Elementary School (Portable at front of school)

                  6542 Ridge Road

                  Sykesville, Maryland 21784

 

                  ▪open to Birth Through Five families in the Winfield or

                   Carrolltowne regional school areas

 

                  ▪meets every Friday from 10-11 am; does not meet when

                   schools are closed, when there is a 2-hour late opening,

         or over the summer                    

 

                  ▪email Megen Lavoie or Ellie Bullock for further information

 

Parent to Parent

If you are interested in talking with a parent who knows what you’re going through, email Cindy Senseney, representative for the Family Support Network, or call 410-751-3955 to be linked to a parent with similar experiences!

 

Special Education Citizen's Advisory Council (SECAC)

SECAC is a partnership between families, educators and community leaders working to enhance services offered to students with disabilities. Everyone is invited. For more information, email Cindy Senseneyor  call 410-751-3955.

 

Gluten Free-Casein Free Diet

If you would like to speak with a parent who has experience with the GFCF diet, please contact Anna Letaw by phone, 410-795-7950; or email, annaletaw@comcast.net She is able to speak with you about the pros and cons of the GFCF diet, how to begin the diet, review foods and ingredient lists, and how to incorporate the diet in the school setting.  She will often refer parents to TACA (see below).

 

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

"TACA is a national non-profit 501(c)(3)organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism."

The organization holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the US.  the Maryland & Washington, D.C. chapter meets in Severa Park the second Tuesday of each month.  There are coffee groups that meet in Gambrills, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Gaithersburg and Sterling, VA. at varying dates and times.  TACA has a lending library, access to Live Chat, and connections via Facebook and Twitter.  For further information, click on the link below.  

http://www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/northeast/maryland/ 

 

Pathfinders for Autism

A parent-sponsored, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. They are very active and offer great advice for families new to the diagnosis. Check the website for more information: www.pathfindersforautism.org