What is Parent Coaching?

  • Individualized problem solving and skill-building for parents of children, teens or adults to address your child and family's unique needs at home, school, work or out in the community.
  • Guidance to help navigate school related concerns: review IEP/504 plans, prepare for school meetings, and support effective home-school communication.
  • Organization and planning to help you create a family roadmap and prioritize where you need to spend your time, money and energy.
  • Practical strategies to help you "parent on the same page."

This page is about Parent Coaching for parents of children, teens, and adults 22 years and younger. Click here if you are looking for Coaching for Parents of Adults

When Should I Consider Parent Coaching?

  • If Asperger/Autism is new to you and you don't know where to begin.
  • If you want help sorting through conflicting or overwhelming information or recommendations to figure out what will be the right fit for your child and family.
  • If you feel frustrated or confused by your child's school program or team.
  • If you need practical parenting strategies to help your family function with less friction.
  • If you and your spouse/partner/co-parent need help parenting on the same page.
  • If things are going well now but you want to plan for transitions, independence and adulthood.

How Much does Parent Coaching Cost?

A single one-hour parent coaching session is $125.  If cost is an obstacle you can choose to pay an hourly rate that is 25%, 50%, or 75% off this rate with the codes listed in the Financial Assistance section below.

 

Financial Assistance

We recognize that cost can be an obstacle for some families. AANE is very honored to have been awarded grants from the Cummings Foundation and the J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation that allow us to support family services by reducing or eliminating fees.

If you need a price reduction on your parent coaching or IEP review appointment, please use one of the following codes:
  • Use the code 25%OFF
  • Use the code 50%OFF
  • Use the code 75%OFF

To apply the discount click on "redeem coupon" at check out.
If you have any questions please email reception@aane.org.

How Do I Schedule Parent Coaching?

Parent coaching is available in person at AANE, by phone, or video-conferencing. All sessions are one-hour in length and available by appointment. Spanish language services are also available.

What People are Saying About Parent Coaching

 "After talking with you I feel greatly empowered and more confident that we can do this and get through the next few years in one piece. It's obvious you know what it's like to live with Asperger's in your family. Thank you!"

 

Parents/Other Family of Children or Teens (including transition-age youth through age 22) Coaching Session

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  • Families outside of NY state - Scroll within the scheduling box below to see all options 

NY Parent (23 years and older) Coaching Session

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  • Families within NY state - Scroll within the scheduling box below to see all options 

Meet the AANE Parent Coaches

Nancy Parker, MSW, LICSW, Director of Child and Teen Services, first contacted AANE as a parent, when her daughter was first diagnosed in 2006. Nancy has 25 years of experience working in mental health. Prior to joining the AANE staff in 2017, she worked as a counselor in hospitals, colleges, and prisons, created mental health training programs for educators, and provided information, referrals, and support to parents of children with mental health issues. In 2017-18, Nancy will be facilitating AANE’s face-to- face support group for Parents of High School Girls.In 2019-20, Nancy will be facilitating AANE’s face-to- face and Online support group for Parents of High School Girls
   
Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., Director of Information and Referral, has worked at AANE since 2001. She also draws upon her own experience to provide other parents and professionals with information, referral, and support by phone, and through Parent Coaching. She wrote grants and edited a former publication, the AANE Journal. She initiated the AANE/NESCA Transition Roundtable, which resulted in an expanded programming focused on transition planning and preparing our teens for college. In 2017-18, Stephanie will be facilitating AANE’s face-to- face support group for Parents of High School Boys. In 2019-20, Stephanie will be facilitating AANE’s face-to- face and Online support group for Parents of High School Boys. In addition Stephanie will run an Online Support group for Parents of High School Girls and Boys.  
     
staff_0012_brenda-daterBrenda Dater, MPH, MSW, Associate Director, is the author of Parenting Without Panic. Brenda is mom to 3 sons, including a college graduate with an Asperger profile. Brenda joined the staff at AANE in 2007 and has been working with parents for over 25 years. She has completed the Federation for Children with Special Needs parent consultant training and a fellowship with the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Tufts University.
 
   
Amanda Bailey, Child and Teen Services Family Support Specialist, first turned to AANE in 2013 as a parent in need of guidance when grappling with a new diagnosis. She draws on her knowledge as the parent of two children with autism and direct experience in family support through leadership of her local Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and ongoing work with Mass Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC). In 2016, she attended the Federation for Children with Special Needs Parent Consultant Training Institute. Amanda is available to help parents over the phone, online, through support groups, and via in-person coaching.