Putting the Pieces Together in the Granite State
Northern Human Services
Offices in Berlin, Colebrook, Littleton, Conway, and Wolfeboro

PathWays of the River Valley
Offices in Lebanon, Claremont, Newport, and Charlestown

Lakes Region Community Services
​        Offices in Laconia, Tilton, and Plymouth

Community Bridges                                                                                Office in Concord

Monadnock Developmental Services                                                            ​Office in Keene

Gateways Community Services                                                                 Office in Nashua

Moore Center Services, Inc.                                                                 Office in Manchester

One Sky Community Services                                                             Office in Portsmouth

Community Partners                                                            Offices in Rochester and Dover

Community Crossroads, Inc.                                                                   Office in Atkinson

Area Agency 
Family Support Councils

​All area agencies have a Family Support Council and provide family support funds for services such as respite, recreation, and parent training.   If your family member with ASD has been found to be eligible for developmental services, you can tap into these resources.  Staff Family Support Coordinators can be found in the annual Program Director, published by the Family Centered Early Supports and Services Program at the NH Bureau of Developmental Services linked here.

Most area agencies also have a link on their website specifically for their Family Support Program.  The links below will take you to webpage at each agency that is most relevant to family support.  Two area agencies -- Nashua and the Lakes Region -- also have autism centers with a web presence.

Finding a Parent-to-Parent Match

Parent 2 Parent USA defines parent support as the "intentional connection between a trained volunteer Support Parent and a parent seeking information, resources, guidance, and support from an experienced parent. Parent to Parent programs facilitate parent "matches" and provide follow-up support to assure the matched relationship meets peer expectations. Because the quality of the matched experience depends on a number of different factors, Parent to Parent programs make parent matches with great care.

There are several programs in New Hampshire that are based on the P2P USA philosophy and best practices.

Certified Autism Parent Supports (CAPS) is a network of trained parents who have completed NH's Parent to Parent online workshop, as well as 20 additional hours of training specific to ASD. Matches can be made in most 
Autism-Focused Family Support

Easter Seals, NH
     Although this progrma is no longer staffed, Easter 
     Seals continues to hosts support groups & events
555 Auburn Street
Manchester, NH 03103
Phone: (800) 870-8728 (toll-free)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NH
     State Affiliate Organization of 
15 Green Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 225.5359 or (800) 242-6264
WEBSITE:  www.naminh.org

New Hampshire Family Voices
     State Affiliate Organization of www.familyvoices.org
129 Pleasant St Thayer Bldg. · 
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-4525 * Toll-Free: (800) 852-3345
Primary Contact(s): Martha-Jean Madison and Terry Ohlson-Martin

Special Needs Support Center (SNSC)
     Serving the Upper Valley Region 
Primary Contact:  Philip Eller
12 Flynn Street
Lebanon, NH  03766
Phone:  (603) 448-6311

Viki Gayhardt is a veteran "spectrum mom" and a CAPS trainer.
Manchester moms Mary Ellen Yatzus and Elizabeth Webster are always ready to cheer on Individuals living with ASD.
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Region 3 Initiative: The Autism Center of Central NH
         Empowering parents to educate, encourage, support & advocate for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Link Here

Beginning in 1986, NH Families who use the area agency system plan and host an annual Family Support Conference.  Traditionally held in the White Mountains on the first weekend in May, the event is very well attended.  Families come together to learn about the latest resources, best practices, and advocacy opportunities. They also have a lot of fun! There is daycare available for children and many family activities, as well as some comradery late into the night.  In past years, family support councils have helped subsidize the fee for those who cannot afford to attend.  For the Conference Facebook page, link here.
Region 6 Initiative:  Gateways Autism Center
Helping Families Cope With Autism
Link Here
May Conference
   A Unique NH Family Support Event
Virtual Resource Center         
New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Support Groups & Social Networking

Support Groups and their modern day extension, Facebook or other social media, are a great way to connect with family caregivers supporting someone on the autism spectrum. Fellow parents are often your best resource for practical advice on topics like where to buy gluten-free foods, who makes the best weighted blanket, or how to negotiate with your school district for a summer program. Some groups also host guest speakers or organize "sensory friendly"recreational opportunities. 

These groups tend to wax and wane based on volunteer leadership and common interests. Some are facilitated by a leader trained in family support, and others are more free flowing. Some are very specific -- for example, support for families of children who are non-verbal -- and others welcome families regardless of disability type.  If you find that one group's format is not to your liking, don't be afraid to try another, or even to start your own!  

The NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders maintains a current list of support groups on the Index to Providers page of this website. Additionally, the organizations listed on this page, including Easter Seals and area agency autism centers can direct you to the most recent offerings.

Because mental illnesses like Depression and Anxiety Disorder are more common in individuals with ASD, support groups sponsored by the NH chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NH NAMI)  may also be helpful.  To find a NAMI support group near you, link here.

The NH Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders
21 S. Fruit Street
Concord, NH  03301

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RESOURCES, Family Support
Family-to-Family Support in New Hampshire is enriched by a number of independent non-profit organizations that provide information, referrals, and a sympathetic ear to parents and other family caregivers. Those listed below have programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of families impacted by ASD.

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regions of the state. To request a match, please contact Kirsten Murphy, link here. ​

New Hampshire Family Voices also makes Family-to-Family matches. Philip Eller at the Special Needs Support Center is listed at the designated provider by the national P2P USA website. Contact information is listed to the right.

To Learn More about the Parent to Parent Approach and the Best Practices that inform training and matching Supporting Parents, link here.