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Brenda Dater

Brenda Dater is the author of Parenting without Panic: A Pocket Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum (Asperger’s syndrome).  She is also the Director of Child and Teen Services at AANE where she teaches workshops, facilitates support groups and provides consultations for parents, grandparents and professionals.  Brenda attended the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters’ degrees in Social Work and Public Health. Brenda’s favorite job title is ‘mom’ to her three sons. Her eldest, Noah, was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of three and is now college bound.  Her middle son, Daniel, has ADHD, anxiety and a very sweet soul.  And her youngest, Josh, would like to know what diagnosis he has so that he can make sure he fits into his family. Brenda’s family also includes her amazingly patient and funny husband, Jed, and their dog, Lavender, who can be found near a family member or food depending on the time of day. For more info visit the website: Facebook: ParentingwithoutPanic Twitter: BrendaDater

Dear Grandma and Grandpa – A Plea for Understanding

Dear Grandma and Grandpa, I know you think I’m rude sometimes. The last time you tried to take me to the movies I screamed and put my hands over my ears because it was too loud and you got mad at me and said I ruined the movie for my little sister. Afterwards, when I […]

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