AANE (the Asperger’s Association of New England) serves parents (and other family members) of teens with Asperger Syndrome (AS), High-Functioning Autism (HFA), Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), or Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD or NVLD). We also serve the teachers and other professionals who work with this population.
AANE Information Line: Parents may call Stephanie (617-393-3824 ext. 17; ) or Erika (ext. 14, ) at any time, and as often as necessary, for information, support, or referrals to help in raising a teen with Asperger Syndrome. Stephanie is also glad to speak with parents of young adult college students. Stephanie Loo, M.Ed., AANE Director of Teen Services, is also the parent of a young adult with AS. Erika Drezner, MSW, AANE Coordinator of Teen Services, has two children on the spectrum.
“I remember the very first conversation I ever had with Stephanie Loo, and how after that phone call I didn't have to feel bad when others didn't understand. It was such a weight lifted off of my heavy heart. Thanks again!”
— Parent of a teen with AS
We encourage families with very limited budgets to contact us about the MDDC Empowerment Funds (for Massachusetts residents—Vermont has a similar program), AANE’s family grants, and free or discounted one year AANE memberships.
Our extensive teen information packet includes:
AANE members also receive two issues a year of the AANE Journal and a monthly e-newsletter listing upcoming events.
AANE members who live in New England can join our on-line support group for parents of teens, which Erika moderates. Members who live close enough are welcome to attend one of our High School Social Groups with concurrent Parent Workshops (parents of younger teens are also welcome), teen/parent events in Plymouth County, or face-to-face parent support groups. Please contact if you are interested in helping to start a new support group in your area; we can help with training, speakers, and materials.
AANE families who wish to host a small house party for teens and parents may contact Stephanie for help with planning and invitations.
At AANE, we feel that parents and teachers learning about AS is key to teens’ success. AANE members receive discounted admission to our conferences and other educational events. The teen years pass quickly; AANE conferences and workshops prepare you to help your teen by providing you with the information you need right now.