Supporting Parents of Autism (SPA) is a time to come together with other parents to share your struggles, challenges, and joys. We come from all walks of life, have children that are toddlers, school aged, and young adults. We have many shared experiences and are here to support one another. SPA is offered at no charge to support members of our community. Please register to become a WAAA member prior to attending.


“SPA is a sanctuary of support where I have felt deeply validated, respected, and understood. This group provides support to parents of children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. The facilitator Heidi is highly skilled, compassionate and respectful of parents in this confidential group. She provides a framework with various themes and questions to facilitate support, dialogue and personal insights. She is highly supportive of parental well-being and stress management. There is deep sharing  and sometimes laughter or tears, as people relate their triumphs, joys, hardships, and  hopes for the future.  No matter whether life is going well for your child, or if someone is in crisis, the true complexities of parenting someone with autism are understood here. This  group is a powerful reminder that in coming together, we can make our children’s lives better as well as our own.” ~SPA parent



SPA – Redmond

Join us monthly in Redmond on the third Wednesday of each month, from 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

SPA – Redmond is facilitated by Robin Custer, MSW, LICSWA of Balance InSight From Robin:

“My dedication to others has led to over 15 years experience working with adults, families, and children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, General and Special Education Teacher, Adult English Language Tutor, and Psychotherapist. I help family members decrease anxiety, distressing memories, and self-doubt, and increase strengths and confidence so they can focus, sleep better, enjoy trusting relationships, and know that they belong.

This group is for parents only. Childcare is not offered at this time. For questions or more information, email Amy Huntley:

We look forward to seeing you on the third Wednesday of the month.  

Together Center – Garabaldi Room

16225 NE 87th Street, Redmond, WA


SPA – Seattle

Join us monthly in Seattle on the third Monday of each month, from 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

SPA – Seattle is facilitated by Redmond SPA expert, Heidi N. Gray, MS, LMFT of Gray Counseling Service.

From Heidi:

“I am a licensed marriage and family therapist working at the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound and at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. I help family members of those with a serious medical condition or disability maintain connected relationships, cope with difficult emotions, and find the inner strength needed to care for their loved ones and live a satisfying life.”

This group is for parents only. Childcare is not offered at this time. Street parking is typically available nearby.  For questions or more information, email Amy Huntley:

Samaritan Center of Puget Sound – Room 202

564 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA.

SPA – Spokane

Join SPA Spokane monthly on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Cafe in NorthTown Mall.

Upcoming dates: 

Thursday, March 16th 
Thursday, April 13th
Thursday, May 18th


SPA – Spokane is facilitated by Jodie Hommer, MA, MFT, LMHC. From Jodie:

“I am a strong advocate for the safety and inclusion of all individuals. Through peer support – I believe we can increase our sense of community and lean on each other to face the challenges of parenting children with special needs.”

This group is for parents only, childcare is not offered at this time. Please register to become a WAAA member prior to joining us for SPA. For questions or more information on SPA, email Jodie Hommer:

We look forward to seeing you!

Barnes & Noble Cafe
NorthTown Mall
4750 N Division St.
Spokane, WA 99207

Please note, if you would like help identifying and accessing health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and other supportive community-based services, we recommend working directly with a WAAA Advocate.


6 thoughts on “Supporting Parents of Autism (SPA)

  1. Hello,
    I am a parent with a child on the spectrum and would like to come to play/support groups and for support on the second Tuesday of each month. My son’s behavior specialist told me about your organization and thought we could benefit from meeting other parents as well. He was diagnosed 2 years ago next month. Where is the location for these programs? I live in North Seattle.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Maggie Dangol

  2. Dear Maggie,
    The group meets at the Neighborhood House Highpoint Center in West Seattle, 6400 Sylvan Way SW. from 1pm – 2:30pm.
    I hope you can make it! ~Ayn McNutt

  3. Hello,
    I have an 8 years old with ASD. I would like to join a parenting support group in Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mukilteo or Everett area. Please let me know if there is any support group in my area.

    Thank you,

  4. Please keep me on your list if there is ever a support or activity group in Seattle, WITH childcare.

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