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Online “Closed” Bi-Weekly Support Group for Women (18-35) 7/14/20-10/20/20 7:00-8:30 PM EDT

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, $160

This closed support group is designed for parents of post-high school adults with Asperger profiles, regardless of where in the world those parents live. Other adult family members, such as siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, or even close family friends can join this group. (Spouses and partners of adults with Asperger’s should consider AANE neurodiverse couples coaching).

“Closed” groups and activities have the same members for a set number of sessions.

Facilitator: This closed support group will be faciliated by Jane Thierfield Brown. Jane’s background as a parent of adult with autism and an expert on disability support services in higher education make this closed support group ideal for parents who are grappling with college and other adult transition issues.

When: 8 meetings, every other Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 EDT (July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, September 22, October 6, October 20). Please take note of time zone differences. All sessions take place in the US Eastern (Boston/New York) time zone.

Where: We will be using the Zoom platform. After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email that will include the Zoom link you will use to participate in all 8 closed support group meetings. See Tips for Using Zoom (below).

Cost: For the first parent, the list price is $160 for all 8 meetings in the closed support group. The cost for a second parent or adult family member supporting the same adult is $40. We do not want cost to be a barrier to your group participation. You will see several “pay what you can afford” options on the registration page. Simply check off the one that works for you. No hassle. No questions asked.

Registration is closed. This group is full.

About Closed Support Groups for Parents of Adults:

A closed support group for parents of adults (previously called a Support Group Series) has the same group members (up to 12) for a set number of sessions (8). In contrast, an open group has an undefined number of group members with new people coming and going on a regular basis. Closed support groups are ideal for parents who want to go beyond sharing their story with newcomers each time at open support group meetings. Parents who join closed support groups are looking to establish a stronger connection with and get more extensive peer support from the same group members in a series of meetings. These closed support group meetings involve a mix of education on various topics as well as check-ins with parents and family members on issues and successes.

Each closed support group for parents of adults focuses on different themes and questions, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Now that your child is an adult, how do you parents without power?
  • How do you keep the lines of communication open?
  • How can you help your child find and sustain employment and live independently?
  • How to get your adult child to expand his or her social network?
  • What local providers, programs, and services have other parents used and what were the results?
  • How have other parents tapped into health, income, housing and other benefits?

These closed support groups also let parents give voice to their concerns and frustrations and acknowledge both hard-won and unexpected victories.

Things to Know: Please plan to attend all 8 closed support group meetings to get the most out of peer support and to be able to give back as well. Be aware that we will share your email address with other members in this closed support group to encourage you to connect with each other between meetings. And remember “what happens in group stays in group.”

Tips for Using Zoom

You will need:

  • A computer or tablet (you can use a mobile phone, but it won’t be quite as good)
  • An internet connection
  • A webcam so you can see and interact with other parents

You aren’t required to install anything on your computer or tablet in order to use Zoom, but some people find it helpful to download the Zoom client. https://zoom.us/download

If you have never used Zoom, before you attend the closed support group, we strongly suggest that you visit: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions about Parent of Adult Support Groups or contact stephanie.birkdale@aane.org



July 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x232