Support Groups

The ASCV offers support groups for family members who have a loved one with autism. These groups provide a sense of community and allow family members to connect with others who might be on a similar journey.

Support Groups for Parents of Children Ages 0-10 with Autism

The ASCV has two monthly support groups for family members who have a child 0-10 years old, one in Henrico and one in Chesterfield, to offer support and encouragement for families with younger children diagnosed with autism.

Where: Shady Grove YMCA (11255 Nuckols Rd, Glen Allen, 23059)

When: Second Tuesday of each month, 10-11 am

How to Register: View our calendar to see upcoming dates and to register. Walk-ins are welcome!

Where: Manchester YMCA (7540 Hull Street Rd, North Chesterfield, 23235)

When: Second Saturday of each month, 12:30-1:30 pm

How to Register: View our calendar to see upcoming dates and to register. Walk-ins are welcome!

Support Groups for Teen Parents

These groups offer support and encouragement for families with teens diagnosed with autism and meet at the same time as the ASCV’s Teen Social Groups. Parents and family members are welcome to attend the support group whether their teen attends the social group, or not.

Where: Midlothian Family YMCA, 737 Coalfield Road, Midlothian, 23114

When: Second Friday of each month, Middle School Parents: 6-7pm and High School Parents: 7:30-8:30 pm 

How to Register: View our calendar to see upcoming dates and to register. Walk-ins are welcome! 

Support Groups for Parents of Adults with Autism

This monthly support group for parents of adults on the spectrum offers an opportunity to share with others who have an adult child with autism.

Where: River Road United Methodist Church (8800 River Road, Richmond, 23229)

When: Fourth Monday of the Month, 7-8:30 pm

How to Register: View our calendar to see upcoming dates and to register. Walk-ins are welcome!

Sibshops

The ASCV hosts Sibshops, a program just for brothers and sisters of children with special needs, every other month. Sibshops provides an opportunity for siblings to obtain peer support and education in a fun, recreational environment. Siblings appreciate this special time dedicated to them, and the workshop often has a therapeutic effect on those who attend. Details and registration info can be found here.

When: Third Saturday, every other month
            September 21 and November 16

Where: Weinstein JCC (5403 Monument Ave, Richmond, 23226)

How to Register: View our calendar to see upcoming dates and to register.