The Help Group
Our family has not had direct experience with The Help Group, and yet here I am devoting a blog post to them. Why?
For starters, it would help to know what The Help Group is. If you follow the link, you’ll see that they deal with children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum, and/or who struggle with ADHD and other learning disabilities. They offer day school, residential programs, camps, after-school programs, therapy, conferences (one is coming up in late October), support groups, and other things. Pretty good, huh?
Our family hasn’t used any of their services for two main reasons. First, Nathan was pretty much finished with high school when I first saw an ad for The Help Group in a TASK newsletter. The Help Group’s focus is on school-aged people. I did call a Help Group staff member around that time, exploring the possibility for Nathan to be in a residential program they were planning to launch. It turned out the funding for that program had fallen through – not too surprising in the economic climate of a few years ago. A while later, I emailed them on a long shot when things with Nathan were especially grim, wondering if they had any research interest in his unique, challenging case (they did not.)
And the second reason is location. Their facilities are in Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, and other places close to Los Angeles. These would be a long drive for us. But if it isn’t that far away for you, The Help Group seems like an organization worth checking out.
***Update on the previous post: all is well! My husband is tube-free, nurse-free, eating real food, and ready to return to work. Alan has settled in at school – not without issues, but still! Nathan is back to his usual pattern.