Resources/Resource Centers


Autism Connections is a local resource that provides quality Applied Behavior Analysis programs to children with special needs in San Luis Obispo County. Autism Connections was founded by and is operated by parents with children on the autism spectrum. This parent’s perspective influences our decisions and the daily operations of Autism Connections. The support and services we offer families is based on our own experience of having secured quality services for our children in order for them to achieve their best outcomes. Autism Connections also provides training to caregivers of special needs children in order to teach them tools and strategies for reducing interfering behaviors and increasing appropriate, functional behaviors for the children in their care. In order to support the whole family, our agency also provides counseling services for family members of children with special needs, as well as for the special needs child.
Autism Connections Flyer

To learn more about Autism Connections, visit our website:
4251 S. Higuera Street, Suite 800, San Luis Obispo

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

CARD was founded in 1990 by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and has been developing our curriculum for over 25 years. Our mission is to lead the field of autism by providing global access to the latest scientifically proven, top quality behavioral services to our patients and their families, to help them achieve the most they can.

CARD provides one on one, evidence-based, applied behavioral analysis treatment to children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Our services can be offered when and where ever is most convenient for our patients and their families, whether it be in the home, school, or community setting. Each patient has an individualized treatment plan to help them on their way of achieving a happy, healthy, independent life.

CARD also strives to provide top quality parent support, coaching, and resources. We also firmly believe in collaboration and are more than happy to work alongside other providers to ensure that each patient is getting the most out of all services. CARD is now available to families throughout San Luis Obispo County. Please feel free to look into our interactive webshow at Additional information can be found in the attachments below.

To learn more, please contact Tyler at our SLO office via email at or by phone at (805) 715-4484.

Contact Info:
Center for Autism and Related Disorders
1124 Nipomo St. Ste. A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 715-4484

CARD Brochure

CARD Flyer


The center brings together and empowers individuals, families, and professionals for the purpose of improving the quality of life of those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Parent Support Groups at:
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The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center
75 Higuera Street, Suite 110
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
(805) 763-1100 (office)
Questions can be submitted to


The mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.
There is nothing more important than a child’s well-being. Knowing the extent of the drug problem in our society, any parent naturally tries to protect their child from the destruction drugs can cause them physically, mentally and emotionally. We provide factual information to assist in changing the mindset and understanding about drug abuse, addition and recovery.

Resources for teens can be found here:

Parents looking for more information on how to help their child please visit:


Jack’s Helping Hand, a non-profit organization, was created for purposes of advocating and advancing the interests of children and young people with special needs. For a listing of current programs, visit:

Jack’s Helping Hand Adaptive Toy Lending Libraries provides financial assistance for therapeutic equipment or transportation to a medical facility, hospital or camp for disabled children when no other agency will provide it.

San Luis Obispo: Jack’s Adaptive Toy Lending Library at Central Coast Gymnastics
21 Zaca Lane #100
San Luis Obispo
Library Hours: Wednesday 2-4pm
Friday 2:30-4:30pm

Paso Robles: Katie’s Korner Adaptive Toy Lending Library at Paso Robles Children’s Museum
623 13th Street
Paso Robles
Library Hours:
Thursday 11:30am – 1:30pm

Nipomo: Pat’s Place Adaptive Toy Lending Library at Nipomo Chamber of Commerce
239 W. Tefft Street, #1
Library Hours:
Friday 2:30 – 4:30pm

For more information call (805) 547-1914 or email us with any questions


Transitions-Mental Health Association is now providing Medi-Cal enrollment and re-enrollment support. Our Enrollment Counselor can assist uninsured individuals with filing or updating an application. Free individual appointments and staff presentations on the Medi-Cal program are also available. Attached you will find a brochure that outlines the free services we offer for eligible San Luis Obispo County residents.
For more information, questions about eligibility or to schedule an individual appointment or staff presentation, please contact Donna Klein at (805) 458-6448.
TMHA MediCal Brochure

Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. Learn more about TMHA here:


Cindy Hill’s Experience: I have worked with children with special needs for 18 years in mild-moderate severe classroooms and 13 years as a Behavior Health Specialist.
Description of Services: Children come to our family  home, staying for 24 hours to 21 days. We can schedule 24/7.
Children Served: Ages 2-17 and currently receiving services through Tri-Counties Regional Center
Cost: FREE
Hill Small Family Home
110 Frances Way
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Home (805) 270-4324
(805) 704-0903
Community Care License # 405801894
Tri-Counties Regional Center # HT0552


Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a non-profit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center. PHP provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to children with any special need, their families and the professionals who serve them.
The mission of Parents Helping Parents of San Luis Obispo County is to empower children with special needs to reach their fullest potential. This is realized by strengthening families through parent and professional education, mutual support, referral networks and greater community awareness.
To receive a calendar of local events, email:
CONTACT: PHP @ 805.543.3277
Click on the website link to find out about PHP’s support services:
Get Connected! With other families and the staff of Parents Helping Parents, for children 0-5 and their families.

Parents Helping Parents Resource Centers/Lending Libraries

  • 3450 Broad Street, Suite 111, San Luis Obispo
    (805) 543-3277
  • 7305 Morro Road, Suite 104A, Atascadero
    (805) 461-7415
  • 940 Ramona Drive, Grover Beach
    (805) 549-8148

Pediatric Therapy Solutions

Occupational Therapy Services

Serving Children on the Central Coast since 1999.

Lisa Moreno, OTR/L
Laura Cooper, OTR/L

187 Tank Farm Rd. Suite 220
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone/fax: 805-545-8699


FREE Early Intervention Services for Children Ages 3-5, living in the Lucia Mar School District
Your child may need a screening if they show some of the following warning signs: difficulty being understood, difficulty producing many speech sounds, inability to follow simple directions by age 2, limited use of words, one or two word combinations instead of short/simple sentences by age 3, delays in motor skills, and delays in socialization.

PEP will provide a developmental screening to determine if further assessment is needed.
If services are indicated, PEP may provides services in: speech and language development, pre-academics, fine and/or gross motor skills, socialization and transition skills for kindergarten (typically at the child’s neighborhood school).

Please call for an appointment if you have any concerns about your child, 805.473.3000, extension 1148


Transitions-Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services.

784 High Street
San Luis Obispo
(805) 540-6500