“That was the most helpful conversation I have had with anyone about my son. The isolation and frustration I had been feeling was overwhelming. Thank you for sharing your time and wisdom. I feel greatly relieved to have some ideas to apply that make sense for our family.”

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."
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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 parent coaching session is $125. You can also schedule 4 coaching sessions for $400 to reduce the per session cost to $100 for each session. We recognize that cost can be an obstacle for some families. AANE is very honored to have been awarded a $100,000.00 grant from the Cummings Foundation in support of Parent Coaching in Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex counties in Massachusetts for families with financial need. Please email Janeka.Melanson@aane.org for more information about financial assistance for parent coaching in these 3 counties.

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.

Learn More About Parent Coaches and Schedule Your First Session


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!"

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.

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.

Debbie Curtiss, M.Ed., Ed.S., NCSP, Parent Support Specialist, is also the parent of a young adult daughter. Over almost 30 years of experience in private practice and as a school psychologist she has conducted evaluations and therapy for children, developed IEPs, and provided parents and teachers with practical solutions and interventions for common issues experienced by children with Asperger profiles. In 2017-18, Debbie will be facilitating AANE’s face-to-face support group for Parents of Tween Girls.

Laura Perez, M.Sc., Directora de Programas para la Communidad Latina, has been volunteering at AANE since October of 2016. She is a mother of three, including a teen with ASD. As part of the AANE Child and Teen Services team, Laura helps parents by phone and through face to face coaching, drawing on her personal experience. In the summer of 2017, she attended the Parent Consultant Training Institute of the Federation for Children with Special Needs. In 2017-18, Laura will be facilitating AANE’s face-to-face support group for Parents of Tween Boys. As AANE’s Director of Programs for the Latino Community, Laura has reached out to Spanish-speaking families and professionals in Massachusetts, and assists Latino families from many parts of the U.S.A. and from other Spanish-speaking countries.

Cornelia Pelzer Elwood is the mother of two sons, one of whom has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is the co-author of Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger’s (ASD) and leads a  corresponding training for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. She received her BA from Vanderbilt University, trained as a life coach, earned a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University New England, and is currently a candidate for Master of Art in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Couples and Marriage Therapy at William James College.

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 student with an Asperger profile. Brenda joined the staff at AANE in 2007 and has been working with parents for over 20 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.