ASO Region 8
Serving Clatsop, Columbia Tillamook & Washingon counties
Connie Gunn (Columbia County)
Lori Ball (Washington 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
Parent Support Group (Seaside) – Meets the 2nd Tues of each month from 6:00-8:00 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 (Forest Grove) – Meets on the 2nd Friday of each month from Sept – May from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Pacific University, Berglund Hall. A fun evening for the whole family! Games, movie, potlluck, and graduate students volunteer their time to help. For more information, click here for the Facebook page or click here to email.
Other Support Groups & Activities:
Game Night (Hillsboro) – Sponsored by Oregon Family Support Network. Meets the 1st Friday of each month (except December), 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.
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.
Sensory Saturdays at Spectra Gym, 8344 SW Nimbus Avenue, Beaverton, OR 97008, phone: 503-754-9794. Open Saturdays, 9am – 12:00 noon. $5 per child. All inclusive open gym, open to the public for open play. For more information, click here to email.
Special Needs Jump at Sky High Sports, 11131 SW Greenburg Rd, Tigard, OR 97223, (503) 924-5867. On every Tuesday, from 3:00-6:00pm for $5 (all 3 hours), No charge for 1st Caregiver. Music is turned off. The facility remains open to the public. For more information, click here.
FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS:
Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group (Scappoose) – meets 1st Friday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Scappoose FourSquare Church, 33404 SW JP West. “This group is created to offer a safe place of hope and encouragement to those caring for a kiddo with ASD. Parents, caregivers, teachers, professionals – all are welcome! Contact Sharrie Ryan-Kreins at 503-396-3361. See our Facebook page at: Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group of Columbia County.
“Me Time, Coffee and Tea” (Milwaukie) – sponsored by the Portland Aspergers Network (PAN). Meets from Last Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Spring Creek Coffee, 10600 SE McLoughlin Boulevard, Milwaukie, OR 97222. “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 PAN – Me Time or click here to email.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent Support Group (Scappoose) – Facebook page of group that meets monthly in Scappoose. (Please see listing above.)
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: PortlandAutismMoms@gmail.com
Portland Autism Parents – for any caregiver (male or female) of a person on the autism spectrum in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area. If interested, please see our Facebook page at Portland Autism Parents.
REST – Rejuvenation, Encouragement, Support & Truth. For mothers of children who experience special needs. We have a very active Facebook Support Community. Please contact us for an invitation. Kristina Smelley, 503-449-0888, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Special Needs Dads – Facebook support group for the guys called “DAD” to congregate with others who view having kiddos with special needs through a similar lens. Contact on Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/groups/
Spectra is hosting a monthly Parent Support Group. The purpose of this event is to provide a space for parents in our community to socialize and feel supported. Each monthly group will feature a short presentation and topic discussion. Supervised childcare will be provided in the gym by Spectra for an entrance fee of $5.00 per child. There will not be an entrance fee for families who come without a child. 8344 SW Nimbus Ave, Beaverton, OR 97008.
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: email@example.com
FOR SPANISH-SPEAKING PARENTS
Balance Center for Children and Families, LLC – offers support groups for Spanish speaking parents at their offices located at 7440 SW Hunziker Rd., Suite F, Tigard, OR 97223. For more information, call firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.balanceforfamilies.com/or send an email to:
FOR TEENS & ADULTS (with or without a diagnosis of ASD):
Edwards Center – has been serving adults with developmental disabilities for over 40 years. They have special events, socialization and recreation classes for any individual 18 or older with a developmental disability. They can coordinate transportation for a small fee. Two locations: Aloha Community Center, 4375 SW Edwards Place, Aloha, OR 97006and Milwaukie Center, 4287 SE International Way, Suite A, Milwaukie, OR 97222
Portland Adult/Teen ASD Mentorship Program (Beaverton). Meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Intel @ Hawthorn Farms HF3 Lobby, 5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Hillsboro 97124 (Next to Hawthorn Farms MAX station). For Teens ages 13-19. Mentorship by autistic adults for autistic teens to help learn coping mechanisms and survival skills. For more information, please contact Karla Fisher at Karla’s ASD Page on Facebook .
“Now What? Group for young adults with Aspergers and other challenges (SW Portland). Synergy Autism Center, 7807 SW 34th Ave, Portland, 97219. Facilitated by Peggy Piers and Veronica Sautter. Contact Peggy Piers for more information at 503 977-2411, email@example.com. No regular meetings, contact Peggy if interested.
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 link below for more details.
New Seasons Nutrition Tours (various): Will also discuss GFCF foods. For information and tour schedule, please go to www.NewSeasonsMarket.com .