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.
- In-Person Support Group Series for Parents of Adults (MA & NH)
- Online Support Group Series for Parents of Adults
- Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups for Parents of Adults
- Online Forum for Parents of Adults
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the group facilitator to request a phone orientation.