Support for New Parents with Asperger's
August 8, 2011 6:19 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for support groups for soon-to-be-parents with Asperger's Syndrome. Both individuals are 20ish and haven't had a lot experience being self-sufficient, have had difficulty organizing their lives, keeping jobs, etc. They are very excited about having a child, but could use some guidance on parenting, setting up a home, etc.
posted by ms_rasclark to Grab Bag (4 answers total)
Where are they?
posted by malibustacey9999 at 6:57 PM on August 8, 2011

Best answer: Congratulations to the parents-to-be!

If you can give a general region, I may be able to find some more specific information.

Like anyone, these parents are going to need support from a community, especially in the newborn days when you are a sleep-deprived zombie. Do the parents to be have family and/or friends nearby who can help pitch in? It would help with the planning and organizing that will need to happen to establish a workable routine for this new little family. You are talking about a lot of really big tasks to tackle over the next few months (job, household, managing health-care, then managing a little one) and it would really help if there was a case manager or therapist working with the parents as they face these challenges.

The community on the forums at Wrong Planet may have some helpful resources, and will also be a great resource for support and advice. There are some really great books on things like employment issues, Social skills, general tips and family life. Try googling "Adults with Asperger" and your city and you'll likely have more luck locating therapists and support groups near you.
posted by goggie at 7:22 PM on August 8, 2011

In Silicon Valley, I would suggest EvoLibri - they provide high quality, reasonable cost support for learning living skills for people who are neuro-diverse.

Throughout the United States, there is a network of Independent Living Centers that provide a variety of services, including referrals to people with disabilities.
posted by metahawk at 10:59 PM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Malibustacey9999, they're in the Charlotte, NC area. Great info, goggie and metahawk. Thanks!
posted by ms_rasclark at 6:29 AM on August 9, 2011

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