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I held his hand as the anesthesiologist put a small mask over his mouth and nose, and I watched him fall asleep. I squeezed his shoulder and kissed his cheek as his eyes lost focus and gently closed. After four days of GI, my oldest son, Jack, was “under” for his colonoscopy and endoscopy.

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When our son Jack developed a mysterious illness in November of last year, our world turned upside down. Our once funny, vibrant, energetic boy could hardly get out of bed. Within a few short weeks, he was no longer able to attend school or participate in activities he had once loved. Over the course of the past six months,

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I learned early in my career as a child development therapist that the parent is the expert about their child. When a child and parent came into my office for visual spatial/cognitive therapy, or when I went to homes to provide DIR/Floortime, I thought about this parent-as-expert concept. I’ve always been drawn to supporting parents and the parent-child relationship.

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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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In November 2016, our oldest son became very ill. His symptoms were physical at first, starting with his gastrointestinal system. Within a month, he was experiencing neuropsychiatric episodes. Within two months, his condition was so severe he was no longer able to attend school.

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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. …

Today we are pleased to publish our new user-friendly Exceptional Lives Resource Directory, a searchable online database of disability programs and providers in Massachusetts.

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The Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s will host a free clinic for parents on Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 4-6pm. A Parent’s Guide to Augmentative-Alternative Communication will cover a range of topics that address the various strategies and technologies available for people with disabilities looking to explore augmentative-alternative communication.

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Hosted by the Milton SEPAC, the Parent Empowerment and the IEP workshop welcomes parents and caregivers of children with special needs to learn more about special education law, parent rights, team-building strategies, and the Massachusetts IEP.

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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,