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This support group is open to EVERY FAMILY regardless of child's age, ability, etc.  Takes place 6:00-7:30 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month via Zoom due to COVID precautions. Upcoming dates:  Oct. 21st, and Nov. 18th.  Register with Google Form Link  O&A Family Support Groups (   For more info. click button above.

Hang Out Jr. is a group designed to give elementary school-aged children with autism an opportunity to hang out in a supportive environment and practice social strategies. For more information, please contact Dan Bressler at!

This group is open to all Spanish-speaking caregivers of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It typically meets on the 2nd Monday of each at Trinity Lutheran Church, Huntley. For more information, contact Alina Valadez at!

Hang Out Sr. is a group designed to give middle and high school-aged children with autism an opportunity to hang out in a supportive environment and practice social strategies. For more information, please contact Lauren Erickson at!

Monthly Parent Cafes for Spanish Speaking caregivers are an opportunity to learn about child development topics that will help strengthen your parenting skills and relationships with you children! Each month a different topic will be discussed. They are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of the month via Zoom.  For more information contact Alina Valadez at

The purpose of Discovery Group is to offer an opportunity for adults on the autism spectrum to build friendships with one another. The group engages in discussions about life, goals, and strategies and occasionally hosts guest speakers. For more information, contact Darbi Carbone at!

Respite is one of the most common resources requested by family and one of the most challenging to find. This is why Options & Advocacy and First Church of Crystal Lake are so pleased to announce that there is a FREE respite opportunity available right here in McHenry County!

PEERS is an evidence-based social curriculum for teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum who are interested in making and keeping friends. Participants and caregivers each attend weekly 90-minute sessions addressing topics including conversational skills, finding friends, using humor, and handling conflict. For more information, contact Dan Bressler at!

Social Skills groups utilize multiple Social Thinking curricula and strive to teach children and adolescents on the autism spectrum that importance of understanding themselves and their peers! For more information, contact Lauren Erickson at

Child and Family Connections offers playgroups facilitated by a Developmental Therapist for you and your child, ages 4 and under.  Enjoy some quality time with your child and watch them met and play with kids their age while you enjoy some conversation with people your age!  Each sessions incorporates free exploration time, circle time, stories, music, a craft, and more.  This is a lot of variety so kids can practice all of their developing skills, not only gross and fine motor, but also sensory and social skills.

Sibshops are workshop groups for 8-14 year old siblings of kids with special needs. Groups meet monthly from October-May on the first Saturday of each month from 9am-11:30am! This group is open for registration and will occur so long as we can meet safely in accordance to the CDC and the McHenry County Health Department. Participants will be expected to answer basic COVID health questions and to wear a mask. For more information, contact Charlie Sullivan at

For registration forms in English click here or Spanish click here.