Parent Support Group
Steele County

6:00-7:30 PM

Associated Church
800 Havana Road
Owatonna, MN 55060

Childcare will be provided on site. Siblings are welcome. Please contact Tanisha Kelly at least 2 days in advance with the number and ages of children attending.

Facilitators’ Contact Information

Teya Dahle – MSW, LICSW

Kim Kubicek – childcare facilitator

Autism Spectrum Disorders Education Opportunities

Did you know that in Minnesota 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism?  Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3.  Currently there is no cure cor Autism, though with early intervention and treatment, the diverse symptoms related to Autism can be greatly improved and in some cases completely overcome.  Autism varies greatly from person to person; no two people with Autism are alike.


It's not easy to hear the news that your child has autism and realize that your life will be utterly different than you had expected it to be. Daily life with a special-needs child presents many unique challenges. How do you come to terms with the fact that your child has autism? How do you cope once you get over the initial shock? We aim to help you by providing regular features on topics ranging from how autism affects your family to day-to-day survival strategies.

Autism affects 1 in 24 boys; boys are four times more likely to have Autism than girls.  Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure that is expected to increase in the next decade.  Autism's impact is the fastest growing among developmental disorders, yet the most underfunded.  Autism can cost a family $60,000 per year on average.  Parents and families having a child with Autism often struggle emotionally, physically, and financially.

Autism Support Group

ADD holds a support group offered the 4th Tuesday of each month. Support groups can be great sources of information about what services are available in Steele County. We encourage you to join us! (Details to the left)

Parents who participate in the support group will receive emotional support, encouragement, and affirmation from other parents. They will have the chance to communicate openly in a safe and welcoming environment. This group offers parents a chance to voice their concerns, seek advice and new ideas, and share their triumphs!

ADD also provides a lending library, educational workshops on Autism, and can connect you with other parents and familes that are on the Autism journey with you.

Home | About Us | Staff/Board | Programs & Services | Fundraisers | Volunteer | Contact Us | Donate        © Copyright 2015 Advocates for Developmental Disabilities. All Rights Reserved