AANE May 2024 Newsletter: Autism & OCD

AANE May 2024 Newsletter: Autism & OCD

Many studies have shown that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is significantly more prevalent among Autistic individuals compared to the non-Autistic population. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we are sharing valuable information about this intersection and personal experiences with OCD from our community. 

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The Intersection of Autism & OCD

When an Autistic person also has OCD, it is crucial to understand both the unique and the overlapping characteristics. Rebecca Sachs, PhD, shares her expertise on this intersection and further explains how the leading treatments for OCD should be modified to be most effective for Autistic individuals.
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A Personal Experience With OCD

Having OCD When You’re Autistic

Finding the right path to address OCD is different for everyone. One AANE Autistic staff member shares his experience with OCD, his journey of recovery, and his approach to helping other Autistic individuals with OCD.
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A Parent’s Perspective on OCD

OCD From the Outside Looking In

Helping an Autistic family member who has OCD find the best course of action is not always straightforward. Read one parent’s perspective on the complex journey of supporting her Autistic son’s OCD treatment.
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Executive Director’s Message

Three Principles for Navigating Autism & OCD

Autistic traits can often be confused with OCD behaviors, and it is important to understand the difference. Executive Brenda Dater shares what she has learned about supporting Autistic traits versus addressing compulsive behaviors.
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Submit Your Application Today!
AANE’s Intensive Autism Coach Training (IACT) is accepting applications for in-person training this fall at our Watertown, MA office. Life coaches, high school & college counselors, social workers, and similar human service professionals will learn and practice coaching methods proven effective in helping Autistic or similarly Neurodivgent teens and adults reach their personal goals. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants and filling fast. Secure your spot today!
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AANE Programs


Individualized life coaching program for Autistic older teens & adults
LifeMAP coaches can be an important part of a trusted support system to help clients prioritize their mental health through open discussions and tailored goals. Learn more about LifeMAP.


Team-based support to help Massachusetts Autistic adults optimize independence
LifeNet’s experienced case management team can collaborate with psychiatric and therapeutic services to be part of a robust support network to Autistic adults with OCD or other co-occurring mental health conditions. Learn more about LifeNet.

Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples and couples therapists/coaches
AANE courses provides therapists and coaches with tools to help clients in neurodiverse relationships improve their communication, which can open a dialogue to address mental health and other needs. Learn more about AANE courses.
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