AANE November 2023 Newsletter:Autism and Early Childhood

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AANE November 2023 Newsletter:
Autism and Early Childhood

Many Autistic children are receiving a diagnosis earlier than in previous generations, which can mean earlier understanding and support. Read an Autistic adult’s illuminating reflection on her early childhood as well as advice for parents and educators of young Autistic children.

Looking for upcoming events? Buttons in sections below link to listings for Autistic adults, families, and professionals in our community.

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AANE Events

See what’s happening this month and beyond on the AANE Events Page.

Examining the Impact of the Autism Diagnosis

Sometimes children who receive an autism diagnosis when they are young do not qualify for a diagnosis when they are re-evaluated at an older age. But what does that really mean and what is the effect? Executive Director Brenda Dater takes a look at the value of having a diagnosis and the impact when it is taken away.
Watch Brenda’s Message
Check out these helpful AANE resources!
Did you miss AANE’s fall conference? No worries!
Conference Recording
Pre-register for access to the recording of our fall conference held on October 27, which focused on the world of autism from a cultural perspective and fostering understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for the unique experiences of Autistic individuals. Access to the recording will begin November 7.

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The Autistic Experience of Early Childhood

Read one Autistic individual’s insightful recollections of her early childhood and how her behavior was often misinterpreted by adults and peers.

Coming Up…

Click here for the current listing of events, support groups, and social activities for Autistic adults, including the workshop, Online & Social Media Safety, the workshop Developing a Personal Budget for Adults, and much more.
Here are some helpful links for adults in our community:
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Autism & Early Childhood: Five Tips for Families

Parents of Autistic children who were diagnosed before the age of three share what they learned that helped their journey navigating services and daily life.

Coming Up…

Learn more about upcoming events, workshops, and support groups for parents and families, including the workshop, Intro to Autism for Caregivers of Autistic Children/Teens, the webinar, Interoception for Managing Holiday Stress, and much more.
Don’t miss these services AANE provides for parents and families:
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Creating a Neuro-Affirming Classroom for Early Childhood

Teachers become a key influence in the lives of young children. Learn how educators can promote inclusivity in learning enviroments early on.
Learn more about AANE programs, support, and training for professionals.
AANE Programs


Individualized life coaching program for Autistic older teens & adults
LifeMAP coaches can help teens develop and fine-tune skills to improve executive function, explore employment, enhance social confidence, and balance academic, social, and life demands. Learn more about LifeMAP for Teens.


Team-based support to help Massachusetts Autistic adults optimize independence
The LifeNet program uses a strengths-based, adult-centered philosophy to empower Autistic adults in Massachusetts to pursue the lives they want, serving as both a support network and a safety net. Learn more about LifeNet.

Neurodiverse Couples Institute

Resources for couples and couples therapists/coaches
Sometimes when an Autistic child is diagnosed, one or both parents realize they are Autistic too. 101 for Couples can help partners recognize their differences, which can improve understanding and communication. Learn more about AANE’s course for partners.
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