Meet Peggy—Parent Support Groups


My name is Peggy. I am a mother of four children, two of them on the Autism Spectrum. Since joining the Autism Association team in 2015 to facilitate two Parent Support Groups, one in Midland and one in Floreat, I am now also facilitating a recently opened group in Joondalup. See the link below for details of these and other groups currently meeting during school terms. 

Parents free to talk or listen

Under the auspices of the Association’s Early Intervention and Therapy Clinical Services, we are able to provide parents with 10 group sessions per school term. Each session is guided by a Facilitator and a Play Leader, with the support of qualified specialist professionals who visit our groups for Infobite sessions during the term.  Our Play Leaders are able to engage any children brought along, leaving parents free to talk to each other or listen to the information sessions.

Sharing concerns, frustrations, support and laughter

The group environment is welcoming and non-intrusive; parents share as much or as little as they feel comfortable with. The group provides an environment of confidentiality, understanding, respect and genuine empathy. Each group session runs for two hours from 9:30am to 11:30am. Parents are welcome whatever time they arrive—stay for the whole session or leave early. It’s as casual and relaxed as dropping by for a coffee and a chat. We share lots of concerns, frustrations, advice, support and laughter—along with a few tears. Parents are always open and welcoming to new members with words of wisdom and support to share. We celebrate the little milestones and the huge ones. We brainstorm hurdles together. Above all, we are there for each other, even if sometimes just to chat about IKEA sales…

Our extraordinary, ordinary lives

The parent support that the Autism Association aims to provide is genuinely focused on the families’ needs and the further inclusion of our families in the wider community. These relationships strengthen and widen the circles in which our Autism families exist and help us integrate our extraordinary ordinary lives into the big picture of the wider community.

Details of all parent support groups

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