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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Essential Pieces

Educational workshops for families with children on the autism spectrum and the professionals who serve them

Essential PiecesSM is a free educational group for parents of children with autism and professionals who serve the autism community offered in Hampton and Winchester.The goal of Essential PiecesSM is to help parents and professionals gain the knowledge and support they need to work through common issues faced by families with children on the autism spectrum. The program offers weekly parent groups and social groups for children on the spectrum and their siblings.

Our network of education includes resources, both web and print, workshops, weekly meetings offering professional speakers in the field of ASD and community-based resources, and informal gatherings for parents to connect. If you are a professional in the field of autism and would like to present at one of our group meeting, please fill out the contact form on this page and we will be in touch.

The Essential PiecesSM program is supported, in part, through a grant from the Lutheran Services for Children Endowment at the ELCA Foundation.

Would you like to be an essential piece in a family’s life? Essential PiecesSM needs volunteers to help with the children’s social group, professionals to speak at the sessions, and to help with fund-raising.

Find out more on our Facebook Pages:

Essential PiecesSM Winchester

Essential PiecesSM Hampton

For more information about Essential PiecesSM or to have a speaker address your group, please contact:

Cassie Phipps Purtlebaugh or

Hollie Stephens