AANE May 2022 Newsletter: Autism & Anxiety

AANE May 2022 Newsletter:
Autism & Anxiety


Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is a common coexisting condition with autism, and this month AANE community members share how it impacts their lives and discuss strategies to manage it.


Looking for upcoming events? Buttons in sections below link to listings for each group in our community.
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Last Chance for AANE's Jody Acford Conference!

Access to recorded, in-depth presentations on benefits and supports for autistic adults living in Massachusetts and New York are available through May 31.
Residents of other states can view a free, general webinar on benefits.

AANE Calendar

See what's happening this month and beyond in the AANE Calendar. 

Anxiety Compassion

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An autistic individual may experience extreme distress that appears to be sudden, but in reality it could be the result of accumulated, ongoing anxiety. Executive Director Brenda Dater shares a personal experience, which deepened her understanding of how anxiety affects her autistic daughter and other autistic individuals.
Don't miss the next Executive Director Community Chat with Brenda on May 24!
Watch Brenda's Message
Read Brenda's Message (English) / Lee el mensaje de Brenda en Español
Check out these helpful AANE resources!
Autistic Adults
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Viewpoints on Anxiety

The more we learn about anxiety, the more we can understand its impact. One autistic adult takes a look at the mechanics of anxiety and another shares a personal reflection on the causes of anxiety in their life.

Coming Up...

Click here for the current listing of events, support groups, and social activities for adults, including the workshop PwC Financial Literacy: Creating and Following a Budget, the webinar Driving with Autism - Five Things Your Driving School Won't Teach You, and much more.

Here are some helpful links for adults in our community:
Parents & Families of Autistic Individuals
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Anxiety and Autism: A Parent Perspective

Many parents and family members wonder how best to support an autistic individual who has anxiety. One mother discusses her son's anxiety and the understanding she has gained through the years.

Coming Up...

Learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and support groups for parents and families, including new closed support groups for parents of children and teens, the webinar Special Needs Trusts - Planning Your Future, and much more.

Don't miss these services AANE provides for parents and families:
Professionals Working with the Autism Community
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Empathy, Trust, and Respect: Supporting People Who Experience Anxiety

What's the best way to work with someone who has anxiety? A professional fitness trainer who is also the parent of an autistic teen shares insights from his experience with his son and working with neurodivergent athletes.

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Don't Miss the Chance to Apply for AsperCoach!

AANE is still accepting applications for in-person AsperCoach Intensive Training this summer at our Watertown, MA office. Life coaches, high school & college counselors, social workers, and similar human service professionals will learn to develop appropriate coaching goals and use innovative techniques to improve and extend their coaching practices. Space is limited, and applications must be received by June 3. Learn more about AsperCoach Training.

Learn more about AANE programs, support, and training for professionals.
AANE Programs


Individualized life coaching program for autistic older teens & adults
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For many autistic individuals, anxiety can become a barrier to reaching life goals. LifeMAP coaches tailor their strategies to fit the specific needs of each client. Learn more.


Independent living support program for autistic and similar neurodivergent adults
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The LifeNet team has extensive experience working with autistic individuals who also have anxiety. Learn more about the support LifeNet CT, LifeNet MA, and LifeNet NY Metro can offer. Learn more.

The Peter M. Friedman
Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples
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From reinterpreting behavior to improving communication, Training 101 and Certification 201 can give therapists tools to help partners understand the role anxiety may be playing in their relationship. Learn more.

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