Frequently Asked Questions about AANE Parent of Adult Support Groups
Q: My child is under 18 years old. Can I attend a Parent of Adult Support Group or join the Parents of Adults online discussion forum?
A: Sign up for one of AANE’s parent of children and teens support groups and join the parent of children and teens online discussion forum.
Q: My child is over 18 years old, but has not yet transitioned out of the public school system or has not yet graduated from high school.
A: Sign up for one of. AANE’s parent of children and teens support groups and join the parent of children and teens online discussion forum.
Q: My spouse or partner may be on the spectrum. Can I attend a Parent of Adult Support Group or join the Parents of Adults online discussion forum?
Q: My adult grandchild is/may be on the spectrum. Can I attend a Parent of Adult Support Group or join the Parents of Adults online discussion forum?
A: First, visit our visit our grandparents’ page. If you live in Greater Boston, take advantage of the Watertown grandparents support group. If you can’t attend the grandparents’ group in Watertown, sign up for one of the parent of adult support groups.
Q: Does my adult child (family member) need to have a formal diagnosis in order for me to attend an AANE Parent of Adult Support Group or to participate in the Online Discussion forum for parents of adults.
A: We use the term Asperger profiles to describe a range of neurological differences characteristic of over one percent of people in the United States and worldwide. AANE does not require your adult child (or family member) to have an official diagnosis in order for you to participate in these support groups or online discussion forum. If you suspect that your adult child/family member has these neurological characteristics you may benefit from these support groups and discussion forum.
Q: I am a professional who supports parents of adults on the spectrum. Can I join a parent of adult support group or the online discussion forum?
A: No. These support groups are intended to be peer-to-peer support groups where parents and other adult family members share their “lived experience” of being part of a family that includes an adult with an Asperger profile. If you would like to learn more about working with adults on the spectrum, check out our resources for professionals. If you are a professional who is also the parent of an adult on the spectrum, you may join a parent of adult support group or the online discussion forum as a peer participant.
Q: My adult child is 27 years old or older. Do I have to join a parents of older adults support group series?
A: Parents of older adults face a myriad of issues that are different than those facing parents of younger adults. Parents of younger adults are grappling with college, job, and independence issues. Parents of older adults are often weary of dealing with long-term challenging behaviors, struggling to find ways to help their child live independently or with supports when they’re gone. We’ve developed the parents of older adult support groups to help you address these unique and sometimes daunting challenges. So if your child is 27 years or older you should try to attend one of these groups. BUT
- If you prefer an in-person support group experience, we recommend that you join the Watertown Parents of Older Adults Support Group. If you can’t commute to Watertown, and absolutely don’t want to join the Online Parents of Older Adults Support group, then yes, you can join an in-person support group series.
- If you were attending an online parents of younger adult support group series, you will need to transition to the online parents of older adults support group.