Support Groups for Parents of Children & Teens

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 a variety of ways to help you feel less alone and more empowered. If you feel overwhelmed or don't know where to start, consider parent coaching. Looking for support in a less formal way? Consider attending an AANE conference or a family or parent event.

Face-to-Face Support Groups

“I gained new insights about my child and family from participating in my support group at AANE. I can't wait to sign up for the next one!”

Many parents find it comforting and helpful to connect with one another through the face-to-face support groups we offer in our Watertown office. All groups are limited in size, run from October through May, are facilitated by an AANE staff member, and require pre-registration. Each session lasts 90 minutes.

The cost is $120 for the full eight-session series. This year there is no extra charge for both parents to attend meetings. In the registration form, just click the “Add” button to register the second parent. If the family budget is tight, please contact Nancy.Parker@aane.org about financial aid or an installment plan.

Parent Support Groups for the 2018-2019 school year are:

Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children up to age 14, facilitated by Cornelia Elwood, BA, Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, will meet at the AANE office from from 6:30 - 8:00 weekly on these Wednesday evenings:

February 27, March 6, March 20, March 27, April 10, May 1, May 8, May 15

Learn More + Register

 

Parents of Teens, facilitated by Cornelia Elwood, BA, Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, will meet at the AANE office from from 6:30 - 8:00 weekly on these Wednesday evenings:

October 24, November 7, November 28, December 5, December 19, January 2, January 16, January 30

Group Full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Parents of Young Children, facilitated by Janeka Melanson, B.A., will meet at the AANE office from 10:00-11:30 on these eight Monday mornings: 

October 1, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3, December 17, January 7, January 28

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Parents of Tween Girls, facilitated by Debbie Curtiss, M.Ed., Ed.S., NCSP will meet at the AANE office from 6:30-8:00pm on these 8 Wednesday evenings:

October 10, November 7, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 1

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Parents of Tween Boys, facilitated by Laura Perez, M.Sc., will meet at the AANE office from 7-8:30pm for these 8 Monday evenings:

October 1, November 5, December 10, January 14, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Parents of High School Girls, facilitated by Nancy Parker, MSW, LICSW,will meet at the AANE office from 6:30pm-8:00pm for these 8 Tuesday evenings: 

October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Parents of High School Boys, facilitated by Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., will meet at the AANE office from 7-8:30pm for these 8 Monday evenings

October 22, November 19, December 17, January 14, February 11, March 18, April 8, May 20

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

Online Support Groups

“I gained new insights about my child and family from participating in my support group at AANE. I can't wait to sign up for the next one!”

This year we are offering several new Online 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 Parent Support Groups for the 2018-2019 school year are:

Parents of High School Boys, facilitated by Megan Brenk, will be on the following Thursdays from 12:30 - 2:00 PM EST:

February 28, March 7, March 21, April 4, May 2, May 16, May 30, June 13

Learn More + Register

 

Parents of Teen Girls, facilitated by Nancy Parker, LICSW, will be on the following Mondays from 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST:

January 28, February 11, February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Parents of High School Boys (Fall 2018), facilitated by Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., will on the first and third Thursday of the month  from 12:30 - 2:00 pm for these 8 sessions:

October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15, December 6, December 20, January 3, January 17

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Parents of Tween Boys (Spring 2019), facilitated by Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., will on the first and third Thursday of the month  from 12:30 - 2:00 pm for these 8 sessions:

February 14, February 28, March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Latino Parents of ASD Children and Teens, facilitated by Laura Perez, M.Sc., will meet on Tuesdays in Spanish from 12:00 - 1:30 pm

October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7

Group full, Sign up for Wait-List

 

Online Discussion Forum

 

AANE offers two online discussion groups for parents, moderated by Stephanie Loo, Director of Information and Referral: Parents of Children, and Parents of Teens. If you would like to join either or both groups (or switch groups), please fill out the form below. Then look for your email invitation, and follow the instructions to set up your account. Once your child graduates from high school, contact Stephanie to join the discussion group for Parents of Adults.