Support Groups & Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults

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If you are a parent or other adult family member of an adult on the spectrum, check out these support options:

In-Person and Online AANE Parent of Adult Support Group Series

These AANE parent of adult support groups are designed for parents who want to build an ongoing connection with a small community of parents in a series of meetings. We offer in-person parent of adult groups in various locations in Greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire. We also offer online/video conferencing groups for those parents who live in other parts of the US or Canada. Each group meets for a series of 8 meetings; once per month from January to August on a designated day. Most meetings take place between 6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time. Each group is facilitated by a member of the AANE staff. Group members must register in advance and each group is limited to 12 members. Participants must be parents, family members, or friends of a post-high school adult with Asperger's or a related profile. Family members and friends need to be 18 years or older to join. 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?
Parents and family members also rely on these support groups to:
  • Give voice to their concerns and frustrations
  • Acknowledge both hard-won and unexpected victories.
Registration is $120 for the first participant and $60 for additional members of the same family. We recognize that cost may be an obstacle for some families. Contact Stephanie Birkdale (stephanie.birkdale@aane.org) to request a discount or waiver. All groups are currently closed, we will offer these groups again in September 2019. Sign up for the wait-list for early notification that registration is open. These groups typically fill up fast!

Massachusetts In-Person Parent of Adult Support Groups

  • Watertown, MA - For parents with adult children who are over 27 years old
    1st Thursday starting January 3rd, facilitated by Michele Cantara - Registration is closed. Get on the wait-list for a new group starting in September 2019.
  • Watertown, MA - For parents with adult children who are 19-26 years old
    3rd Wednesday starting January 16th, facilitated by Michele Cantara - Registration is closed. Get on the wait-list for a new group starting in September 2019.
  • Chelmsford, MA - For parents with adult children who are 19-32 years old
    1st Tuesday starting January 8th (due to holiday), facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby - Registration is closed. Get on the wait-list for a new group starting in September 2019.
  • Westwood, MA - For parents with adult children who are 19-26 years old
    1st Tuesday starting January 8th, facilitated by Marcia Tritter - Registration is closed. Get on the wait-list for a new group starting in September 2019.
  • Westwood, MA - For parents with adult children who are 19-26 years old
    3rd Tuesday starting January 22nd, facilitate by Marcia Tritter - Registration is closed. Get on the wait-list for a new group starting in September 2019.

New Hampshire In-Person Parent of Adult Support Groups

  • Bedford, NH - For parents with adult children who are 19-32 years old,
    3rd Tuesday starting January 22nd, 6:30-8:00 PM, facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby -

    WAIT-LIST

Online Video Conference Support Group for Parents of Adults

 

  • Online/Video conferencing - For parents with adult children who are 19-32 years old
    3rd Wednesday starting February 20th, 7-8:30 PM, facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby - This group is full. WAIT-LIST
  • Online/Video conferencing  - For parents with adult children who are 19-32 years old
    3rd Tuesday starting January 15th, 7-8:30 PM, facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby - This group is full. WAIT-LIST
  • Online/Video conferencing - For parents with adult children  19-32 years old
    1st Wednesday starting January 23rd, 7-8:30 PM, facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby - This group is full. WAIT-LIST

Rhode Island Drop-In Parent of Adult Support Groups

AANE also sponsors a face-to- face support group for parents of adults in Rhode Island. This is a drop-in group and all parents of adults with autism spectrum and related diagnoses are welcome. The group meets on the second Monday of most months at 6:30PM at Bradley Hospital in East Providence. To join, contact Toby Liebowitz at Tobyaane@gmail.com or 401-490-0574 (please leave a message and Toby will call you back).

Online Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults

This free online discussion forum is designed for parents of younger adults (19-26) as well as older adults (27+). Siblings, aunts, uncles, and other adult family members may also join this group. In this forum you can share your concerns, questions, and successes with more than 1700 other parents and family members throughout the US. If you are looking for an understanding community of parents who are also "walking in your shoes" and who can offer support, empathy, and information to ease your stresses and celebrate your successes, please join today.

To Join: Please complete the form below. Then look for your email invitation, and follow the instructions to set-up your account.