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Region 8 (Washington Co & North Coast) Support Groups

region_8.jpgASO Region 8

Serving Clatsop, Columbia Tillamook & Washingon counties

Chapter Representatives 

Brandi Lindstrom   (503) 791-1678            (Clatsop County)
Dana Carlson          (503) 842-4184            (Tillamook County)
Al Ochosa                (971) 303-1265            (Washington County)
Connie Gunn          (503) 438-0709            (Columbia County)

If you have a question, comment, or concern that you'd like to share with your Region 8 Reps, please GIVE US A CALL or use the form at the bottom of this page to send us an email.

Support Groups Sponsored by ASO

For more in the Portland Metro area, please also see Support Groups in Region 6 by CLICKING HERE. 

Parent Support Group (Seaside) - Meets the 2nd Tues of each month from 6-8 pm at North Coast Family Fellowship, 2245 N Wahanna Rd., Seaside, OR 97138.. Refreshments and child care provided. For more information and to RSVP for child care, please contact Brandi at 503-791-1678. 

Game Club & Parent Support Group (Tillamook) - Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at East Elementary School in Tillamook. Contact Dana Carlson for more information at (503) 842-4184.

Game Club (Forest Grove) - 2014 dates are Feb. 14, Mar. 14, April 11, and May 9 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Pacific University, Berglund Hall. For more information, click here for the Facebook page or click here to email

On-Line Community (for Dads/GrandDads/Men on spectrum) - Autism Dads & Men (ADaM): a joint ARROAutism/ASO effort to connect the men of the Autism community. If you are a Dad/GrandDad with a child on the Autism Spectrum, or are an adult man on the Autism Spectrum, and you live in Oregon or SW Washington, we invite you to request to join our Facebook group ( *AND* send an email to arrodads@yahoogroups.comIn your email, please let us know how you found us and the age of your child, or indicate that you are a male on the spectrum.  

Other Support Groups & Activities: 


Sensory Night at Pump It Up, 9665 SW Allen Blvd, Suite 110, Beaverton, OR 97005, (503) 644-6488.
. On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 pm. Bounce, Jump and Slide in their indoor inflatable party and play zone. $7 per child. No charge for Parents.  This night and time reserved for children with special needs and their siblings only. For more information, click here.

Special Needs Jump at Sky High Sports, 11131 SW Greenburg Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, (503) 924-5867. On the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 2:00-5:00pm for $5 (all 3 hours), No charge for Caregivers. Music is turned off. The facility remains open to the public.  For more information, click here.  

Sensory Sundays at OGA Gym, 16305 NW Bethany Ct. Suite 109,  Beaverton, Oregon 97006; (503) 531-3409. Open on 
Sundays 9:00– 11:00am, $5 per child. Sensory Sundays are an open gym time exclusively for families of children affected by sensory processing disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, or any other disabilities. During this event, the gym is reserved exclusively for these children and families. Come share quality time with your family, and promote sensory integration while bouncing, climbing, and jumping at OGA. Meet other families experiencing similar challenges and make new friends in a safe and fun environment. For more information, click here or e-mail

Game Night (Hillsboro)
- Sponsored by Oregon Family Support Network.  Meets the 1st Friday of each month, from 6:30-9:30 pm, at Lifeworks NW, 1340 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123. MAX Stop at Washington/SE 12th Ave. "For families, youth and young adults with special needs and the people who support them. All children must be with an adult, and all adults must be with a child. Pizza & drinks are provided. Bring a potluck item to share & $5 donation. 


Autism Medical Information Support Group (Beaverton) -
 CURRENTLY ON HIATUS. For more information, contact ARRO Autism at 971-258-2360 or by email at:  

Autism Dads & Men Support Group (Beaverton) - CURRENTLY ON HIATUS. For more information, contact ARRO Autism at 971-258-2360 or by email at:   

"Me Time, Coffee and Tea" (Tualatin) sponsored by the Portland Aspergers Network (PAN). Meets from Last Sunday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Panera Bread, 7149 SW Nyberg St., Tualatin, OR (503) 691-2162. "An unstructured time for givers of care to older teens (looking towards graduating from high school), young adults, older family members who are on Spectrum, to visit and decompress with others working through similar situations.  Think of this as a sharing and caring opportunity, a space and time to be with other people who can relate to life with Autism, adulthood and caring for someone. Don't hesitate, or put it off...You need to take care of you, too!"  For more information, go to

On-Line Community - Portland Aspergers Network (PAN) has a moderated Internet chat group on Yahoo Groups named "PDXAspergersNetwork" comprised primarily of parents from around Oregon and SW Washington. Group members ask questions, receive feedback, share stories about their children and exchange information about everything from preparing for IEP meetings to medications. Click here for more information.

Portland Autism Moms (PAM) - A group that provides support, understanding and connection to our community of MOMS with autistic children who live in the Portland/Vancouver Metro areas. If interested please request to join our Facebook community by sending an email to:

NEW! Washington County Autism Moms (WAM) For mothers who have a child on the Autism Spectrum in Washington County. If interested please request to join our Facebook community - Washington County Autism Moms (WAM) and send an email to:

On-Line Community - for Dads

Parents and Caregivers Support Group (Tigard) - Meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm at 9600 SW Oak St. Suite 525, Tigard, OR 97223. Contact the group facilitator, Dr. Leslie Carter at (503) 807-7413 or click here to email. 


PADRES EN ACCION: Reunión de familias latinas para celebrar a sus hijos discapacitados, aprender del uno al otro y así construír una comunidad con poder y apoyo. El grupo se reune en el condado de Multnomah tercer viernes y en el condado de Washington el cuarto viernes de cada mes.Para mas informacion, llame a Adelina Martínez (503) 615-3080. Vea el folleto.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS (with or without a diagnosis of ASD):

Portland Adult/Teen ASD Mentorship Program (Beaverton).  
Meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 1-3pm.  (For teens aged 13-19.) Mentorship by autistic adults to help teens on the autism spectrum learn coping mechanisms and survival skills. For more information, please contact Karla Fisher at Karla's ASD Page on Facebook.

For adults ages 18-28 years with Aspergers and other challenges (SW Portland)
. Group series meetings are at Synergy Autism Center, 7739 SW Capital Hwy, Suite 220, Portland, 97219. Facilitated by Peggy Piers and Veronica Sautter. Contact Peggy Piers for more information at 503 977-2411,

Social Club for teens and young adults (Beaverton) meets occasionally at the Round Table Pizza located at 10150 SW Beaverton Hillsdale, Beaverton, 97005. For more information, call 503-291-7085 or contact Conall McLeod by email or or Lisa Leithauser by email

Young Adult Meet-Up (ages 18-30). Meets on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month, from 6:00-8:00 pm. at 9600, SW Oak Street, Room 200, Tigard, OR 97223. This is a group for adults on the autistic spectrum seeking to improve their social skills as well as providing opportunities to hone them, via outings planned by the group in group. Facilitator: David B. Deserano, click here for e-mail.  

Asperger(w/Pervasive DD, Anxiety, etc ) Adult Social/Support Group (Portland) An informal social/support group for adults. Meetings are usually scheduled on the 1st Saturday of the month. Locations vary, but mainly in the Portland Metro area. See links below  for more details. (These three links are the same webpage, on different servers. If the first link fails, then try the next link.)


New Seasons Nutrition Tours (various): Will also discuss GFCF foods. For information and tour schedule, please go to, or call Karen Siebert at (503)473-8626.

Stumptown CHADD: CHADD is a national organization dedicated to Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. For the current meetings and events, go to or email at

Region 8 Contact Form

If you have a question, comment, or concern that you'd like to share with your Region 8 Reps, please use the form below to send us all an email. Or, call us individually using the phone numbers at the top of the page.


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