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Exceptional Lives will present our new, free Resource Directory and How-To Guides to attendees at the 2nd annual Boston Public Schools Transition Conference this June.

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A note from the team at Learning Prep School in Newton, MA:

Know a child struggling with a learning disability? So do we.

Learning Prep School provides an individualized, language-based program to students ages 8-22 with complex learning profiles including expressive/receptive language challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder. …

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In last week’s Endrew F. v. Douglas Country School District case, the US Supreme Court determined that to meet its requirements under federal law, “a school must offer an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” What does this mean for your child’s IEP?

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For many families, creating a college plan for a child with disabilities is a challenging process. Finding the right school that addresses your child’s specific needs requires a great deal of research. The added layer of costs for higher education makes for a more stressful experience. However, these 6 college scholarships can help bring financial relief for students with learning disabilities in or applying to college.

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When my son was diagnosed with autism, our doctor told us he would need an “IEP.” At the time, I had no idea what an IEP was or how to go about getting one. It wasn’t until later that I started to understand what an IEP, or an Individualized Education Plan was.Today, I am passionate about helping families create good IEPs for their children and developing a strong,

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A new study shows that children with autism and other similar disorders may show a decrease in challenging behaviors throughout the school day, with a little exercise. The study compares children’s behaviors who participate in cybercycling physical education to those taking traditional physical education classes during school. Those who took part in cybercycling activities were less likely to act out in school.

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Entering an inclusion classroom can feel stressful. You may be wondering how to communicate with your child’s peers and their parents about your child’s needs. Here are five (or six) actionable steps you can take to communicate effectively with your child’s class.

Butler Foundation

Tuesday, December 6th (8:30am-1:30pm) – The Butler Conference for Disability Inclusion in After School Programs will provide information and insight to leadership and senior staff about inclusive after school and youth programming in the Boston community.

Registration opens October 24th — contact Laurie Jo Wallace ( for more information. 


Whether your child with special needs is entering high school or close to finishing, it’s always a good time to explore their options for the future. Family Empowerment is putting on a Transition Fair on Wednesday, October 19 to show students with disabilities ages 14 to 22 the different choices they have for their careers,

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More research is showing the strong connection between exercise and brain health.

For parents of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), this connection is even more relevant. On top of its many other positive effects on well-being, exercise is showing promise for addressing the symptoms of ADHD.

Read the write-up from The Big Think here.