AANE Online Support Groups

We invite members of AANE to join one of AANE's Online Support Groups for parents of children or teens with Asperger Syndrome. (Take a look at our membership benefits.) If you ever feel like you need to find other parents who "get" what your life is like raising a child (or children) with AS, these groups are for you! Both AANE parents groups (Google Groups) are forums where you can share your concerns, questions and successes with other parents. If you are looking for an understanding community of parents who are also "walking in your shoes" and who can offer support, empathy and information to ease your stresses and celebrate your successes, please join the age-appropriate group today. Both groups are moderated by AANE staff to ensure the building of a strong support community for all parents to feel that they are not on this journey alone.

AANE-Children-Parents Group
(for parents of elementary and middle school children)

MaryAnn McCabe, Coordinator of Children’s Services and the parent of two children, moderates this online support group.

If you are not yet a member of AANE, you may join AANE online. When filling out the membership form, you will have an opportunity to request membership in the online parent support group.

If you are already a member of AANE and live in one of the six New England states, you may join AANE-Children-Parents by emailing MaryAnn at

  • Please include your full name, your street mailing address and the year of birth of your child.
  • If both parents in a family wish to receive messages from the group, please send both email addresses.

AANE-Teens-Parents Group

Stephanie Loo from Child and Teen Services moderates this group.

If you are not yet a member of AANE, you may join AANE online. When filling out the membership form, you will have an opportunity to request membership in the online parent support group.

If you are already a member of AANE and live in one of the six New England states, you may join AANE-Teens-Parents by emailing .

  • Please include your full name, your street mailing address and the year of birth of your teen.
  • If both parents in a family wish to receive messages from the group, please send both email addresses.

Parents of younger teens are welcome to join the parents of teens online group whenever you feel ready. You may choose to also join (or remain on) the support group for parents of younger children at the same time.

Similarly, parents of older teens are welcome to continue participating in the parents of teens group even if you also decide to join the parents of adult online support group. It’s up to you when you “graduate.”

“The Teen-Parents Group has really helped me understand the struggles my son has in day-to-day life and that there are people who understand what we are going through.”
— Member and Parent

AANE-Spouse/Partners Group
(for spouses/partners in relationship with adults with Asperger’s)

Grace Myhill, LICSW, is the group moderator. Grace is a clinical social worker who specialized in working with adults with Asperger’s and/or their spouses. She has facilitated the Spouse/Partners Group at AANE since 2004 and has co-authored the article Asperger Marriage: Viewing Partnerships Thru a Different Lens.

The group consists of people from all over, sharing a common experience of being in a relationship with someone with Asperger's. The group offers and receives support and practical strategies from each other.

To join, please send an email to Grace at . You must be a current AANE Member to join this group.

“I am an active member of the spouse/partners group. I REALLY love that group … being in Maine, I sometimes feel kind of “far away” from many of AANE’s offerings, but the online capability makes me feel a lot more involved … especially since I can do it at midnight, in my PJs!”
— Member and Spouse

AANE-Divorced from/Co-Parenting with an Ex Group
(for those who are coparenting with an ex partner with Asperger's)

Grace Myhill, LICSW, is the group moderator. Grace is a clinical social worker who specialized in working with adults with Asperger's and/or their spouses.  She has facilitated Divorced from/Co-Parenting with an Ex with Asperger's Groups for AANE since 2004 and has counseled many clients before, during, and after this difficult transition.

This small group consists of those who are sharing a common experience of co-parenting with ex spouses with Asperger's. The group offers and receives support  and practical strategies from each other.

To join, please send an email to Grace at . You must be a current AANE Member to join this group.

AANE-Adults-Parents Group
(for parents of adults with AS and related conditions)

Good news! We have listened to your requests for an on-line group especially for parents of adults. This includes young adulthood through all phases of adult life. To help us support our adult children, we will have this new forum for sharing information and supporting each other. Michelle Alkon will be the moderator of this group.

If you'd like to join, please send an email to . Include your request to be a member of the group, your full name and whether you prefer to receive individual messages as they are posted or a daily digest of all messages received that day. You must be a current AANE Member  to join this group.

For those of you moving from the teen online group to the adult online group, you are welcome to be a member of both lists but If you want to be removed from the teen list please email teen list moderator and ask her to remove your name.

Michelle Alkon, Parent of Adult Online Group Moderator-

AANE Grandparent On-line Group

(For grandparents of children and adolescents with Aspergerís Syndrome)

Marcia Robinson, retired school psychologist moderates this online support group.

If you are not yet a member of AANE, you may join AANE online. When filling out the membership form, you will have an opportunity to request membership in the online grandparent support group.

If you are already a member of AANE and live in one of the six New England states, you may join AANE-Grand-parents by emailing Marcia Robinson at

  • Please include your full name, your street mailing address and the year of birth of your child.
  • Please let Marcia know if you prefer to receive individual e-mails as they are posted or one daily e-mail digest.
  • If both grandparents in a family wish to receive messages from the group, please send both email addresses.

Support Groups

Also be sure to check out face-to-face support groups, or contact AANE if you are interested in starting a new group in your area.