Support Groups & Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults

For parents of adults on the spectrum parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown.  As a child transitions from school age to adulthood parents of adults with an Asperger/autism profile can feel isolated and at a loss for support.  For these reasons AANE has developed the following support groups:

Please click the type of support group below for more information.

Parents and family members in support groups have an opportunity to gain feedback and perspective from peers on issues such maintaining a health parent/child relationship in the face of a changing power dynamic, keeping the lines of communication open, and how to access supports to help your child find employment and live independently, among many other issues.

These groups are designed for parents and family members of post-high school adults on the spectrum.  All in-person and online groups as well as our online forum are facilitated by a member of the AANE staff.  Family members must be over age 18 to join these groups or the online forum.

Frequently Asked Questions about Parent of Adult Support Groups

 

Support Group Series for Parents of Adults

Support group series are designed to create a tight-knit community of support that members can tap into even after all group meetings in the series end.  Members of the group must register in advance.   Groups meet for 90 minutes once per month for 10 months.  Registration is typically limited to 12 members and the groups are facilitated by an AANE staff member. Cost: $120 for all 10 meetings in the series. Financial assistance is available. Contact stephanie.birkdale@aane.org  

Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups for Parents of Adults

Ongoing Support Groups, also known as Drop-In Support Groups, are in-person groups for parents of adults which meet at regularly scheduled times.  Newcomers are always welcome, but for the best ongoing support group experience, we recommend that newcomers contact events@aane.org or the group facilitator to request a phone orientation. 

Online Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults

Our 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 and Canada.  Click here to join now.