Center for Autism and Related Disorders Portland to Host Caregiver Support Group

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CARD Portland is partnering with Robbie Foundation and Easter Seals Maine to provide a resource for parents and caregivers of those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) Portland today announced plans to host a support group for caregivers of those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The group, which is being launched with the help of Robbie Foundation and Easter Seals Maine, will give parents and other caregivers the opportunity to share stories and advice, seek help, and continue their education on how to best aid their children in achieving their full potential. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13 at 6pm, at Easter Seals Maine location at 25 Presumpscot St., Portland, ME 04103.

The inaugural meeting will consist of introductions and gathering information about which subjects and resources interest attendees the most. During the second half of the meeting, caregivers will hear a presentation on "Tips and Tricks to Survive the Holidays." Going forward, the meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please contact CARD Portland's Clinical Supervisor Designee Lindsay Payeur at 207.573.7424.

"Easter Seals is excited to partner with CARD in order to provide a place for caregivers to get support, learn, and develop relationships throughout the community," said Bethany Howard, M.Ed, associate director of Easter Seals Maine Child Development Center.

"We can't wait to get together and focus on celebrating our unique experiences with each other," added Lynn Gierie, founder of Robbie Foundation. "This will be a safe place to come together to listen, empathize, and reach out to each other in the spirit of compassion."

About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of nearly 2,000 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com.

About Robbie Foundation

The Robbie Foundation is dedicated to assisting children with developmental disabilities* (including, but not limited to physical disabilities, speech and language delays, sensory integrated disorders, cerebral palsy, brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, cognitive challenges). We serve children between the ages of birth and 20 years residing in the state of Maine. Our primary mission is to fund adaptive equipment, assistive technology, therapy treatment and/or any necessary item not covered by insurance. By providing such services, our hope is to improve the quality of life for children with special needs. For more information, visit http://www.robbiefoundation.com.

About Easter Seals Maine

Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more information about Easter Seals ME, please visit http://www.eastersealsme.org/

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