Education and Support for Parents

Conferences and Programs

The Autism Center’s Parent Education Program offers half-day conferences throughout the year designed to provide parents and caregivers with information about Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adolescents. This is an opportunity to meet other parents of children on the spectrum, learn about treatment options, ask our experts questions and share your experiences.

Attend an upcoming event:

(Future dates coming soon)

This program will focus on the social deficits associated with autism spectrum disorders and how to build social skills in elementary through high school age children. There will be two groups based on child’s age.

Stanford Child Psychiatry
401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA
Fee: $30 per person
Contact us for more information: or Maura Chatwell (650) 721-6327

Autism Parent Support Group

Sponsored by the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital

Parents of children with autism face a unique set of challenges. The opportunity to connect with other families who have been through similar experiences can be a valuable form of support. Please join our free monthly support group!

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Advocating for your child
  • Dealing with the impact on the entire family
  • Navigating school and learning issues
  • Investigating treatment options and resources

Please note that the support group is not intended to serve as therapy or other mental health services.

Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Building
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94305
Please follow signs in lobby for room location.
Facilitators: Annie Darrow, Paula Gani, Corinne Callan
Walk-ins are welcome. No fee to participate.
Contact us for more information: or Maura Chatwell (650) 721-6327

Upcoming Groups:

  • September 11, 2014
  • October 9 2014
  • November 13, 2014
  • December 11, 2014
  • January 8, 2015
  • February 12, 2015
  • March 12, 2015
  • April 9, 2015
  • May 14, 2015
  • June 11, 2015

Collaborations with Schools
Center members have collaborated with local schools to provide autism spectrum disorders education through guest lectures and school visits.

Annual Autism Symposium
The Center’s annual autism symposium is a one-day conference that provides parents, teachers and care providers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the latest findings on research and clinical care.