Workshops, Clinics, and Peer Groups


Tor register, fill out our online registration forms when available,
call us at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.
Interpretation and childcare are available free of charge
with one weeks' advanced notice.



Behavior Boot Camp for Dads

Thursday, August  3rd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

A workshop just for dads teaching behavioral strategies that can be used at home and in the community to decrease unwanted behaviors and increase positive behaviors. Dads will learn how to use the four functions of behavior to address behavioral concerns, develop new ways to play and bond with their children and how to use play time to promote academic, social and language development.

Presented by Gateway Learning Group

More information - Trilingual

What is Sensory Processing?

Thursday, August 31st; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Build Learn Thrive's two pediatric occupational therapists, Meilani Connolly, OTR/L and Sarah Gragnani, OTR/L will host a workshop on Sensory Processing.
Topics covered include:

  • How our bodies interpret and make sense of sensory information
  • Symptoms of sensory processing disorders
  • How does sensory processing affect my child’s perception and ability to function in the world?
  • What are some strategies I can use for my child with sensory processing difficulties?
  • How an occupational therapist can treat sensory processing difficulties in therapy sessions.

Presented by Meilani Connolly & Sarah Gragnani

Registration opens in July

Medical and Dental Visits Made Easier

Thursday, September 21st; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Participants will learn a variety of methods to help make medical and dental visits with their children easier for them and their child. Various strategies such as desensitization, reinforcement, priming and role play will be discussed. The group will also explore what to look for when choosing a medical professional for their child, as well as how to discuss their child's needs prior to the appointment to help things go as smoothly as possible.

Presented by Gateway Learning Group

Registration opens in August

IEP Development & Dynamics:
How to Make Sure Your Voice is Heard

Saturday, August 12th; 8:30am - 12:30pm

The purpose of this training is to provide parents and professionals with the information needed to advocate for the special education programs and services for their children with disabilities or the children they serve through the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Training topics will include: basic special education rights, referral procedures for special education assessment including the SST process, and parent rights in the IEP process with a special list of helpful IEP and advocacy hints outlining effective advocacy techniques.

Presented by Joe Feldman

More information - Trilingual

Special Education Discipline Basics

Saturday, September 9th; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Understanding your legal rights when your special needs child misbehaves at school can be confusing. This presentation will explain the basics of the special education discipline process, as well as when your child may be subject to non-special education discipline. We will discuss an overview of IEP behavioral supports and what happens when the supports are not sufficient. The presentation also will address manifestation determination IEPs, special education rights in the discipline process, and what to do if your child has not yet qualified for services.

Presented by Peter Sturges

Registration opens in August



See calendar for exact dates

Transition to Adult Services

4th Thursdays; 4pm - 6pm

Presented by SFCD. Learn about special education transition services for children age 16 and over, and how to effectively participate in the development of your child’s transition plan.  See calendar for next Transition Clinic.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

English: 2nd Thursdays; 4pm - 6pm
Spanish: 3rd Thursdays; 4pm - 6pm
Chinese: 1st Thursdays; 6pm - 8pm

Presented by SFCD. Offered in English, Spanish, and Cantonese.  Learn about Special Education law, the IEP process, what to do when things aren’t working, and how to become a more active and effective team member.  See calendar for next Transition Clinic.

To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.


Peer Groups

See calendar for exact dates.

Spanish-Speaking Down Syndrome Parent Group

1st Tuesdays; 630pm - 830pm

Spanish-Speaking Parent Group

2nd Wednesdays; 10am - 12pm

Speech Apraxia Parent Group

4th Tuesdays; 6pm - 730pm

Parents of Transition Age Youth

1st Tuesdays; 615pm - 815pm

Tuesday Night Group

1st and 3rd Tuesdays; 645pm - 830pm

UCSF Inpatient Parent Group

Every Thursday; 4pm - 530pm

Autism Parent Group

4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:15pm

Cantonese-Speaking Parent Group

2nd Saturdays; 1pm - 3pm

Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group

For Cantonese-speaking families of children with special needs.  Meets at the CCDC
3rd Mondays; 930am - 12pm

Down Syndrome Parent Group

3rd Thursdays; 7pm - 815pm

Living With Loss: Loss, Hope and Healing

A group for parents/caretakers of medically fragile children and children facing life threatening illness.
2 Mondays each month. Call 415-920-5040 for dates.

Prader-Willi Parent Group

Quarterly, Saturdays.
Call 415-920-5040 for dates.



To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.

Groups for Youth

See calendar for exact dates.

Transition AAC Group

Every Monday; 3pm - 430pm

Young AAC Kids Conversation Club

2nd Wednesdays; 330pm - 430pm

Asian & Pacific Islanders Disability Group for Youth 18-30

4th Saturdays; 1pm - 230pm

Conversation Club for AAC Users

Every Monday; 430pm - 530pm

To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, or email info@supportforfamilies.org.