Parent Support Group

Parent Support Group

We know parents are also being impacted even more during this time. Struggling to balance work and taking care of your family causes additional stress especially when you're trying to make sure your children are getting all the services that they need. We also know that Our Parent Support Group is a way for us to be there for each other as we are more than just an autism community, we are family....we are STRONGER TOGETHER KELBERMAN 

Our professional staff are available FOR YOU.  Our Parent Support Group consists of our psychologists, social workers, behavior specialists, behavior analysts, teachers, family support professionals and more, that are available to you and your families.  We want you to know that we are here and ready to help.

This is the most amazing advice found on the FEAT of CNY website:
5 Ways to Support Special Needs Parents During the Coronavirus Pandemic

  1. Offer to drop off groceries.  Grocery stores are crowded and have long lines.  It may be more difficult for families to bring their child to the store to get necessary items.  Check in with families of children with special needs and make sure they have what they need.
  2. Only buy what you need.  Children with Autism may have food selectivity issues.  Sometimes there are only one or two foods they will eat.  Grocery stores having empty shelves are more than an inconvenience for these families.  Buy what you need and leave what you don’t need for the next family.
  3. Check in by text during quarantine or when school is out.  Children with Autism may struggle without their routine.  School breaks are hard on families. Send a quick text of encouragement.  Parents will be tired. They can use your kind words.
  4. Offer ideas for activities or supplies.  Parents will be looking for ways to fill their children’s time.  If you have game or activity that might help, offer it to these families.  If you know of a fun website or online learning option share that information.
  5. Donate.  Drop off an unexpected care package during the weeks without school or a routine.  Include basic grocery items, activities for the kids, and even gift cards to places that deliver food.  Knowing there is a way to order food on a tough day can go a long way. Include a card with encouraging words.  Include visa and amazon gift cards so that families can buy items that help pass the time or that are necessary for day to day life.

ZOOM GROUPS: Zoom groups with topics ranging from "Surviving the Times: How to Stay Sane during Times of Uncertainty"  to learning about "Evidence-Based Practices You can use in Your Own Home."


Hello, my name is Johanna Johnson, I have been a mentor with the Kelberman Center for almost a year and a half now. I have worked in the Human Services field for the past 17 years in different capacities from addictions counseling, HIV/AIDS prevention health, mental health, and parent/family advocacy. Also, I am a mom of 3 teenagers and a 2-year-old grandson! I have stood alongside other families as an advocate, and have had to fight for the right supports for my own child, as well. I was so excited to be a part of developing these support sessions, as this is the time that we need to be holding each other up, particularly with all the uncertainty surrounding our lives right now.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions: Johanna.Johnson@Kelbermancenter.org

Johanna Johnson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: How to be Your Child's Advocate
Time: August 25, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Please CLICK HERE and COMPLETE THE VERY SHORT SURVEY, so we can ensure we are addressing you and your family's needs.

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