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Parent Support

DISCLAIMER: The CAC has compiled lists of autism-related resources in our region to help you save time searching for them on the web. This list of service providers is for informational purposes only and being listed does not constitute the endorsement of the CAC. 


If you would like us to add a resource or update a resource, contact us at 423-531-6961 opt. 0 or email

Care Navigator

The Anna Shaw Children’s Institute has a Care Navigator to assist families through the diagnostic and treatment processes. The Care Navigator can help families find resources specific to the child and family’s needs, such as camps for children, therapeutic horseback riding, guardianships, community or diagnosis specific support groups, educational support, etc.


Ages Served: Birth - 11 years old
Referral: Needed

CHAMP (Classes to Help Advise and Motivate Parents) Series

Anna Shaw Children’s Institute will provide parenting education classes/workshops monthly to help inform and educate. These classes will be on different topics presented by a member of the care team at the Anna Shaw Children's Institute in the Southern Magnolia rooms on the 1st floor. Classes are held the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. RSVP required at 706 226 8911 with childcare provided to the
first 10 families who request it. Class participation is open to all parents, participants are not required to be an active patient at the Anna Shaw Children's Institute. A schedule of class topics will be posted on the ASCI website


Childcare Ages Served: Birth - 11 years old
Referral: Needed
Location: 1201 Burleyson Rd Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: (706) 226-8900

Vacations for those with special needs. Vacations for families, adults and group homes living with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Cruise and land resort options. Cruises are scheduled throughout the year from different ports around the country.

Mind & Motion Developmental Centers of Georgia is offering a once per month parent support group to parents/caregivers of children with developmental disabilities. 


Location: 5050 Research Court, Suite 800 Suwanee, GA

Cost: Free


Call: (503) 278-6542


Seeking Parent Training? Family ECHO: Autism is a virtual learning program for families and caregivers raising children with autism. This series is designed to educate families so that parents and caregivers can learn to better support and care for their child with autism.

They connect families with each other, community resources, experienced parent mentors, tools to navigate complex systems in healthcare and insurance and more. They train families, by empowering them to advocate for the needs of their child and to lead in their local communities and beyond. They serve families and children across all diagnoses and all ages.


Office/Cell: 256-702-0606

Link to Video:

A life coach is someone who supports and encourages clients through life challenges and helps
them reach their goals. No Regrets Life Coaching is a service offered by North Georgia
Pediatric Therapies, LLC for parents and individuals who need support in organizing the chaos
of life. We want to help you find the grace to live each day as though it were your last moment
on earth. To enjoy life to the fullest. To thrive, not just survive, in the challenging times.

Location: 1821 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, GA, United States, Georgia


Call: (706) 861- 7471


SOCAT currently offers care coordination using a wraparound approach for young children, children, youth, and young adults and their families. SOCAT serves those with the highest needs through a high fidelity wraparound  process. Wraparound is a planning process that follows a series of steps to help children and their families realize their hopes and dreams. The wraparound process also helps make sure children and youth grow up in their homes and communities. 

Eligibility Information

Criteria for Services

  • Serving young child-young adult: between the ages of 0-21;

  • Youth experiencing emotional or behavioral concerns that affect their daily life (i.e. having trouble in school, with their family, with peers or adults, with law enforcement, or children's services);

  • Youth having difficulty or is at-risk of being kicked out of pre-school, child care, school, home, etc;

  • Youth currently, or is at-risk of psychiatric hospitalization, residential placement, or DCS custody


Make A Referral:


Contact: Keri Virgo, SOCAT Director, 615-770-0462 or Jill Murphy, 865-696-4424
Email: or

TN Voices is a statewide and national source of referral, support, and advocacy for families and the systems that serve them. They have a large section of parent training options! TNV has reached more than 50,000 parents / caregivers, family members, and professionals.

Examples of parent training include:

  • Common Sense Parenting

  • Parent 2 Parent Advocacy Training

  • Family Support Specialist Competency Course

  • Strengthening Families

  • Nurturing Parenting

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

  • Early Childhood Trainings

Phone: (800)-670-9882

Training Options:

Looking for training on topics such as Challenging Behavior, Engagement, Play, and Connection, Navigating Resources, Developing Routines and Promoting Daily Living Skills, Communication, Sleep, Toilet Training, Caregiver Self-Care, etc? Check out the TRIAD Families First video library. Families First is a free program for caregivers of young children (ages 2-7) newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Their primary goal is to equip caregivers with practical tools to support their child, to provide resources to more easily apply strategy and planning ideas, and to give caregivers an opportunity to meet other caregivers with similar questions or concerns. Families First also schedules live trainings. Some are in person in Nashville and others are virtual. 

Video Library:

Schedule for live trainings:
Phone: (615) 322-7565

Visit the following website to view an essential guide to traveling with a medical condition and tips for traveling safely:


Airport and Special Needs Travel: A Complete Guide.

This site offers tips for navigating through the airport safely:

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