Support Groups for Parents of Children & Teens

Raising and educating a child with an Asperger profile may be challenging at times, so it's not surprising that many parents feel stressed and isolated. AANE offers a variety of ways to help you feel less alone and more empowered. If you feel overwhelmed or don't know where to start, consider parent coaching. Looking for support in a less formal way? Consider attending an AANE conference or a family or parent event.

Face-to-Face Support Groups

“I gained new insights about my child and family from participating in my support group at AANE. I can't wait to sign up for the next one!”

Some parents find it comforting and helpful to connect with one another through the short-term, face-to-face support groups we offer in our Watertown office. All groups are limited in size (typically to 12 participants) and require pre-registration. Each session lasts 90 minutes.

Thanks to the John W. Alden Trust for their support during the 2015-2016 session.

Parent Support Groups for the 2016-2017 school year are:

Parents of Boys Ages 9-14 

Facilitated by Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., the group will meet eight Mondays from 7:00-8:30 pm:

September 26, 2016
October 24, 2016
November 28, 2016
January 23, 2017
February 27, 2017
March 27, 2017
April 24, 2017
May 22,2017

Register Here

Parents of Girls Ages 9-18

Facilitated by Nancy Parker, MSW, LICSW, the group will meet eight Tuesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm

September 27, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 29, 2016
January 24, 2017
February 7, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 23, 2017

Register Here


Online Discussion Group

AANE offers two moderated online discussion groups for parents, moderated by Stephanie Loo, Director of Information and Referral: Parents of Children, and Parents of Teens. If you would like to join either or both groups (or switch groups), please email Please provide Stephanie with your full name, the age of your child, the city and state where you live, and the email address at which you wish to receive messages from the online group. Then look for your email invitation, and follow the instructions to set-up your account. Once your child graduates from high school, contact Stephanie to join the discussion group for Parents of Adults.

Online Discussion Group Sign Up

Looking for an online community who understands what life is like for you? Join one of AANE’s staff moderated online discussion groups. Once you complete this form and your submission is reviewed, you will be sent an email invitation and instructions to set-up your account.