Support Groups & Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults

If you are:

Are you the parent of other adult family member of an adult on the spectrum?  Are you encountering these challenges?

  • 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.

 

If yes, then check out these support groups and discussion forum options. Each group or forum is facilitated by a member of the AANE staff.  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.

Registration is Now Open for AANE In-Person and Online Parent of Adult Support Group Series

AANE Parent of Adult Support Group Series: In-Person Support Groups in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire & Online Support Group Series for Families in other Parts of the US or Canada

AANE parent of adult support (POA) group series are designed for parents who want to build an ongoing connection with a small community of parents or other adult family members over the course of 10 month in a series of 10 meetings.   Each group once per month from October 2019 to July 2020 on a designated day. Most in-person meetings take place between 6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time and online support group meetings take place from 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time.  Support group series members must register in advance and each group is limited to 12 members. For in-person & online PoA support group series, 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. 

 

  • Bedford, NH - For parents with adult children who are 19-32 years old,
    3rd Tuesday starting Oct 15, 2019 and ending July 21, 2020. Facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Chelmsford, MA - For parents with adult children who are 19-32 years old
    1st Tuesday starting Oct 1, 2019 and ending July 7, 2020. Facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby  link to bio below] CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Watertown, MA – Parent of Older Adult Support Group Series for parents with adult children who are over 27 years old. 1st Thursday starting Oct 3, 2019 and ending on July 2, 2020.  Facilitated by Michele Cantara   [link to bio below]  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Watertown, MA - For parents with adult children who are 19-26 years old
    3rd Wednesday starting Oct 1, 2019 and ending on July 15, 2020.  Facilitated by Michele Cantara  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Westwood, MA - For parents with adult children who are 19-26 years old
    3rd Tuesday starting Oct 15, 2019 and ending July 21, 2020. Facilitated by Allyson Linehan  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Online Parents of Older Adults - for parents with adult children who are over 27 years old. 2nd Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM Eastern, starting Oct 8, 2019 and ending July 14, 2020. Facilitated by Allyson Linehan [link to bio below]. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Online Parents of Adults 2nd Tuesday, 7-8:30 PM, starting Oct 8, 2019 and ending July 14, 2020. For parents of adult children who are 19-26 years old. Facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby link to bio below]. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Online Parents of Adults 1st Wednesday, 7-8:30 PM, starting Oct 2, 2019 and ending July 1, 2020. For parents of adult children who are 19-26 years old. Facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby link to bio below]. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20 
  • Online Parents of Adults 3rd Wednesday, 7-8:30 PM, starting Oct 16, 2019 and ending July 15, 2020. For parents of adult children who are 19-26 years old. Facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby link to bio below]. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEP 20

Ongoing Parent/Family Support Groups

Parents of other adult family members can participate in these  ongoing support groups which meet at regularly scheduled intervals.  Each group is facilitated by an AANE staff member. Attendees do not have to pre-register and newcomers are welcome. These groups are free.

 New York Ongoing Parent/Family Support Groups

  • Manhattan, NY - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm - Families with All Age Members
    Spectrum Services, 303 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1003, 10th Floor, New York, NY (between 31st & 32nd Streets)
    January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July (no meeting), August (no meeting)
  • Nassau, NY - Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – NEW ROOM - Families and Parents
    Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Rm 202, Plainview
    January 10 , February 21, March 7, April 11, May 23, June 13, July (no meeting), August (no meeting)
  • Suffolk, NY - Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm -
    North Shore Youth Council, 272 North Rocky Point Landing Road, Rocky Point.
    NSYC is located on the grounds of the Joseph A. Edgar School at 525 Route 25A in Rocky Point.
    Turn left on Rocky Point Landing Road off Route 25A to enter the school grounds. The Suffolk Support Group is located in the trailer classroom on the north side of campus, adjacent to the ball field.
    January 17 , February (no meeting), March 21, April 18, May 16, June – August (no meeting)
  • Suffolk, NY - Mondays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Families of Older Teens and Adults
    775 Park Ave., 2nd Floor, Huntington, NY
    January 7 , February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July (no meeting), August (no meeting).
  • Plainview, NY - Saturdays, 10:45 am – 12:45 pm – NEW ROOM - Families of Middle School and High School Tweens and Teens
    Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Board Room, Plainview
    January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August (no meeting)

 

Rhode Island Ongoing Parent of Adult Support Group

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 and Canada. 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

Support Group Facilitators

Michele Cantara, Co-Director of Adult Services.
Michele is the mother of a young adult with ASD who is taking college classes and working part time. In college, Michele majored in Psycholinguistics, which helped her recognize her son's social interaction issues early on, and started her down a path of advocating for parents. In 1998 she co-founded the Massachusetts Special Education Parents Advisory Council (MASSPAC).  Michele also spent 35 years in the high-tech industry, and she now applies her well-honed consulting and change management skills to parent coaching sessions and parent support groups at AANE. Contact: michele.cantara@aane.org, 617-393-3824 X73.

 

 

Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, AANE LifeMap Coach and Support Group Facilitator

Jennifer is an AANE LifeMap coach and she also facilitates several in-person AANE Parent of Adult Support groups and leads three AANE PoA online groups. Jennifer’s motto is "What else can go right?"  Coaching LifeMap clients and leading parent groups is her passion. By helping them shift their perspective to what can go right, she is able to help them make significant positive changes in their lives. Jennifer says, “ I’m constantly amazed by parents' commitment to their adult child's future, but I also recognize that this commitment can be all-consuming and draining.” Contact: jennifer.desanctisnarby@gmail.com

 

 

 

Allyson Linehan, Consultation & Coaching Specialist Adult Services