Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults (through age 22) – Support Groups, Community Connection Sessions, & Online Forums

Raising and educating a child with an Asperger profile may be challenging at times, so it's not surprising that many parents feel stressed and isolated.  AANE offers three types of support groups for Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults (through age 22) along with two Online Google Group Discussion Forums, one for Parents of Children and one for Parents of Teens to help you feel less alone and more empowered:   Note that due to the COVID-19 situation all groups have moved online and many programs are now free.  For groups with a registration fee,  financial assistance of 50% or 75% off the fee is available.  If you need additional financial assistance please contact Stephanie Birkdale at stephanie.birkdale@aane.org.
If you are the parent of a student who is LGBTQIA+, gender non-binary, or exploring their gender, you are welcome to register for whichever of these Parent Support Group you feel will best meet your needs.

Online "Closed" Support Groups

These groups would be ideal for those of you who live outside of the greater Boston area and who are struggling to find a local community of support.  We are very pleased to be able to offer you the ability to "meet" others you can relate to over the ZOOM platform.  In order to participate, you must have a strong internet connection as well as a computer with a video camera and microphone.  We are looking forward to serving families with these new offerings.
Online "Closed" Support Group for Parents of Young Children (<12), facilitated by Amanda Bailey will meet online for the dates below:
  Online "Closed" Support Group for Parents of Tween Boys & Girls (4th - 9th grades), facilitated by Laura Perez, M.Sc, will meet online for the dates below:
  Online "Closed" Support Group for Parents of High School Girls, facilitated by Nancy Parker, MSW, LICSW, will meet online for the dates below:
 
Online "Closed" Support Group for Parents of High School Boys, facilitated by Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., will meet online for the dates below:
 
Online "Closed" Support Group for Parents of Transition Age Youth (18-22), facilitated by Stephanie Loo or Amanda Bailey or Brenda Dater will meet online for the dates below:
 
If the registration of a program is filled,  please check out our future schedule:

Online "Open" Support Groups

An "Open" Support Group (formerly known as an ongoing/drop-in support group) has an undefined number of group members with new people coming and going on a regular basis.   Online "Open" Support Group for Latinx Parents of Children & Teens - *FREE*, facilitated by Laura Perez, will meet online from 12:00-1:30 PM EST for these Tuesday afternoons :

November 3, December 1

Dec 01
  Online "Open" Support Group for Fathers Fathers’ Group is a place where fathers can share their experiences, support one another, and build their toolbox to parent more confidently.  This group is FREE and meets one Wednesday evening per month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM ET.  This group is facilitated by Bruce Sabian, LMHC.   Upcoming meetings:
  Online "Open" Support Group for Grandparents The group is FREE and meets bi-weekly on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 EST via the Zoom online video conference software. Please call or email Marcia Robinson at 617-393-3824 x29, marcia.robinson@aane.org for more information and for a link to join the meeting.   Upcoming meetings:
   

Online Community Connection Sessions for Parents

Parenting in the time of COVID-19 is especially difficult due to restrictions on normal activity and interaction.  If you're unsure how to provide structure with kids out of school, need some self-care, or if you're feeling isolated from other adults and the community drop into our weekly free online Community Connection Sessions to connect with other parents via the Zoom online video conferencing links below.  Sessions will be facilitated by AANE's Child and Teen Services staff who know firsthand the need to maintain a balance for ourselves and our children when life brings the unexpected.

Online Community Connection Sessions for Parents of Children, Teens, and Young Adults (through age 22) - Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EDT

Free Online Resource & Connection Sessions for NY Families of Teens

AANE’s monthly NY Families of Teens Resource & Connection Session is an opportunity for NY state parents of high school teens with Asperger/autism profiles to connect virtually with other parents and learn from AANE’s experienced NY staff about NY-based resources to help your teen make the most of high school and the transition to adulthood.

 

Online "Open" NY Resource & Connection Session for Families of Teens- third Wednesday of the month from 8:00 - 9:00 PM EDT

 

Online Discussion Forums for Parents of Children and Teens (through High School)

AANE offers two online Google Groups Discussion Forums for parents: one for Parents of Children and one for Parents of Teens (through high school). Both are moderated by AANE staff. If you would like to join either or both groups (or switch groups), please fill out the form below. Then look for an email invitation, and follow the instructions to set up your account. Once your child graduates from high school, contact info@aane.org to move to the Online Google Group Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults.
  • Demographic Information

    We ask for birthdate, gender, ethnicity, and race because of our commitment to equity and inclusion. This data has helped us to create innovative programming and recognize unmet needs. By filling out these fields, you help us gain insights on how we can help our entire community. Your personal information is protected by our privacy policy and is not shared with anyone outside of AANE.
  • For child/teen with an Asperger/autism/neurodiverse profile
  • For child/teen with Asperger/autism/neurodiverse profile
  • For child/teen with an Asperger/autism/neurodiverse profile.
  • For child/teen with an Asperger/autism/neurodiverse profile.

** Parents of young adults who are post-high school should join the Online Discussion Forum for Parents and Families of Post-High School Adults