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Watertown, MA – Parent of Adult SG

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, $100

3rd Wednesday Support Group for Parents of Young Adults in Watertown, MA

This parent of adult support group is designed for parents of adult children, who have completed high school and who are between the ages of 19-26. Through this support group, parents can build an ongoing connection with a small community of other parents. AANE parent of adult support groups also give parents an opportunity to voice their concerns and frustrations. It also lets them acknowledge hard-won and unexpected victories.

The group will be moderated by Michele Cantara, Director of Adult Family Support at AANE. Michele is the mother of a young adult with ASD who is taking college classes and working at two part-time jobs.  In college, Michele majored in Psycholinguistics, which helped her recognize her son’s social interaction issues early on, and started her down a path of advocating for parents.  In 1998, she co-founded the Massachusetts Special Education Parents Advisory Council (MASSPAC).  Michele also spent 35 years in the high-tech industry, and she now applies her well-honed consulting and change management skills to parent coaching sessions and support groups at AANE.

All meetings will be held at AANE in Watertown. We will meet monthly for 6 months on the third Wednesday EVENING of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m.:

May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17

Common topics of discussion are:

  • Now that your child is an adult, how do you parent without power?
  • How do you keep the lines of communication open?
  • How can you help your child find and sustain employment or live independently?
  • How to get your adult child 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?

Group members need to register in advance and membership is limited to 12 individuals. Members must be parents or other adult family members of an adult with Asperger’s or a related profile. The cost for all 6 meetings in the support group series is $100 per person ($50 for a second parent or family member of the same adult). This payment covers all six meetings and you must register for the entire series. This AANE POA support group program is entirely self-sustaining and is not supported by any grant funding. However, we do recognize that registration fees may be a hardship for some families. If this is the case, contact Michele Cantara (michele.cantara@aane.org) for a fee discount or waiver. We want to make sure that you get the support you need.

*Please note that this group is currently full. If you are interested in this group for the next round of Parent of Adult support groups, please click below to be added to the wait list*

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May 16
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Stephanie Birkdale, AANE
617-393-3824 x32


Boston / Greater Boston, MetroWest


51 Water Street
Watertown, MA 02472 United States
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