Region Eight ASO Support Groups
Serving Washington, Tillamook, Clatsop and Columbia Counties
Dana Carlson (503) 842-4184 (Tillamook County)
Al Ochosa (503) 635-3303 ext. 23 (Washington County)
Stephanie Date (503) 381-3528 (Washington County)
Connie Gunn (503) 438-0709 (Washington County)
Brandi Lindstrom (503) 791-1678 (Clatsop 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
Game Club & Parent Support Group (Tillamook) - Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at East Elementary School in Tillamook. Contact Dana Carlson for more information at (503) 842-4184.
Game Club (Forest Grove) . Held on the 2nd Friday of each month, Sept - June (except meeting on Jnauary 18, 2013). From 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. At Pacific University, Berglund Hall. For more information, click here for the Facebook page or click here to email.
Family Social Time (Beaverton), meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 1 to 3pm at the ARRO Westside Center, 2360 SW 170th, Beaverton, OR 97006. An ongoing monthly activity for families who want to connect with others and give their children an opportunity for social interaction. Please bring a munchie to share and $5 suggested donation. Bring a favorite game you'd like to share with others, or just come and mingle with friends. The target age range is 10 and up. Experienced facilitator will be present. For more information, click here. Co-sponsored by ASO, ARRO and PAN.
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 p.m. 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 2-5pm 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. Sundays 9:00AM – 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. Meeting 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.
FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS:
Autism Medical Information Support Group (Beaverton) - Meets the 4th Tuesday each month, at 7:00pm, at the ARRO Westside Center at 2360 SW 170th Ave., Beaverton, OR. Does NOT meet in November or December. For more information, contact ARRO at 971-258-2360 or by email at: email@example.com.
Autism Dads & Men Support Group (Beaverton) - Meets the 1st Sunday each month, at 12 noon at the ARRO Westside Center at 2360 SW 170th Ave., Beaverton, OR. Does NOT meet in December. Bring your kids! Limited to 12 children, ages 5-12. Registration Fee. For more information, contact ARRO at 971-258-2360 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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 p.m. 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 http://aspergersnet.org/me_time.
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.
On-Line Community - Westside Autism Moms (WAM) : For mothers who have a child(ren) on the autism spectrum in the Portland/Vancouver area. WAM sponsors a lively Facebook page and meet 4 times a year for dinner in the Beaverton /Tigard area. WAM also holds 4 four family events during the year: Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Picnic, Halloween Party and a Holiday Party in December. If interested, please request to join on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/WAMmoms/) *AND* send an email to email@example.com letting them know how you found them and the age of your child.
NEW! On-Line Community - for Dads. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arrodads/
Parents and Caregivers Support Group (Tigard) - Meets the first Thursday of each month at 9600 SW Oak St. Suite 280, Tigard, OR 97223, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Contact the group facilitator, Leslie Carter at (503) 807-7413 or email LCarter004@earthlink.net
FOR SPANISH-SPEAKING PARENTS
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 (Hillsboro). For teens aged 13-19. Mentorship by autistic adults to help teens on the autism spectrum learn coping mechanisms and survival skills. Meets at Intel @ Hawthorn Farms, Main Lobby of Building HF3, 5200 NE Elam Young Parkway, Hillsboro, OR 97124, on the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 1-3pm. For more information, please contact Karla Fisher at Karla's ASD Page on Facebook.
For adults ages 18-28 years with Aspergers and other social thinking and behavioral challenges (SW Portland). Group series meetings are at 7739 SW Capital Hwy, Suite 220, Portland, 97219. Taught by Peggy Piers and Veronica Sautter. Contact Peggy Piers for more information at 503 977-2411, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Social Club for teens and young adults (Beaverton) meets occasionally at the Round Table Pizza located at 10150 SW Beaverton Hillsdale, Beaverton, 97005. Contact Conall McLeod at email@example.com or Lisa Leithauser at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Telephone number (503) 291-7085.
Asperger(w/Pervasive DD, Anxiety, etc related) Adult Social/Support Group (Portland) An informal social/support group for adults. These meetings are usually scheduled on the weekend of the 1st Saturday of the month. Location can 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 www.NewSeasonsMarket.com, or call Karen Siebert at (503)473-8626.
Region 8 Contact Form
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