“That was the most helpful conversation I have had with anyone about my son. The isolation and frustration I had been feeling was overwhelming. Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom. I feel greatly relieved to have some ideas to apply that make sense for our family.”

What is Parent Coaching?

  • Individualized problem solving and skill-building for parents of children, teens or adults to address your child and family's unique needs at home, school, work or out in the community.
  • Guidance to help navigate school related concerns: review IEP/504 plans, prepare for school meetings, and support effective home-school communication.
  • Organization and planning to help you create a family roadmap and prioritize where you need to spend your time, money and energy.
  • Practical strategies to help you "parent on the same page."
  • Targeted and tailored information concerning benefits and supports for adults and their families.

When Should I Consider Parent Coaching?

  • If Asperger/Autism is new to you and you don't know where to begin.
  • If you want help sorting through conflicting or overwhelming information or recommendations to figure out what will be the right fit for your child and family.
  • If you feel frustrated or confused by your child's school program or team.
  • If you need practical parenting strategies to help your family function with less friction.
  • If you and your spouse/partner/co-parent need help parenting on the same page.
  • If things are going well now but you want to plan for transitions, independence and adulthood.

How Do I Schedule Parent Coaching?

Parent coaching is available in person at AANE, by phone or video-conferencing. All sessions are one-hour in length and available by appointment. It's easy to sign up for your coaching session and pay online.

AANE is very honored to have been awarded a $100,000.00 grant from the Cummings Foundation in support of Parent Coaching in Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex counties in Massachusetts for families with financial need. Please email Janeka.Melanson@aane.org for more information about financial assistance for parent coaching in these 3 counties.

Step 1: Read the Terms of Agreement.

Step 2: Decide whether you prefer a 4 session package (talking one hour per week with your coach for 4 weeks) or a single session. Save $75 when you sign up for the 4 session package.

Step 3: Click here to register. Choose your appointment type (parent of child/teen OR parent of adult), your coach, your first appointment and pay.

  • The single session fee may be applied to the series if requested by the end of the initial session.
  • Additional single or series sessions may be scheduled.
  • A limited amount of financial assistance is available for parent coaching. Please contact Stephanie.Loo@aane.org to request financial assistance.

What People are Saying About Parent Coaching

 "After talking with you I feel greatly empowered and more confident that we can do this and get through the next few years in one piece. It's obvious you know what it's like to live with Asperger's in your family. Thank you!"

Meet the AANE Parent Coaches

Kelly Urban, MA, LMHC

Kelly Urban, is a therapist and LifeMAP coach, who also works in AANE's Adult Services Department. Kelly previously worked at McLean Hospital, using DBT to teach young women emotion regulation tools and other life skills to move forward in their lives. Since 2014, Kelly has been providing information and referral services to adults, their families and professionals, to help navigate what an Asperger profile means for them or those they care about.

Jamie Freed, LICSW

Jamie Freed, LICSW, is a Senior Clinician at AANE where she has worked since 2003, primarily as Director of Adult Services. Co-creator of and clinical consultant to AANE’s LifeMAP Coaching Program, Jamie has also provided information, consultation and support services to adults, families and professionals within the AANE community. She has developed and facilitated groups for a variety of neurodivergent constituencies including but not limited to: Older Adults, LGBTQ+, College Students, New to ASD, Job Seekers and Parents on the Spectrum. Jamie is also a therapist in private practice. In addition to learning from hundreds of adults on the spectrum, she is the parent of an autistic adult, grateful to learn from her best teacher since 1996.

Michele Cantara

Michele Cantara is the Director of Adult Family Support at AANE.  She is also the mother of a young adult with ASD who is attending college and working part time. Michele conducts parent coaching sessions in person, over Skype, and by phone.  In addition to providing coaching to parents of adults, Michele also facilitates several support groups for parents of young adults (18-27) and also one for parents of older adults (27+).  Michele works with families on a variety of issues including understanding how ASD might impact their lives as they approach challenges with relationships, work and independent living.