women stressed with chalk drawing

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.

Children playing in woods

This week, we received a secondary diagnosis for my son. It’s been a very hot week. It’s the end of the school year. He’s going through a growth spurt. Is everyone getting enough sleep? I think there’s too much sugar in our diets. We should probably cut back on screentime. Physical play is always good.

Doctor consults a young couple

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,

Colorful cogs and wheels

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.

Doctors listening to child's heart

The US Medicaid program requires that all states must screen and treat Medicaid-eligible children for mental health issues. But that wasn’t always the case in Massachusetts.

Child holding road map

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.

Child in hospital bed

As I mentioned in this recent post, giving time to your special needs child’s siblings each day is important. But what happens when emergency strikes? How do you balance time with each of your children when a hospitalization or medical emergency comes into play?

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Join the North Suburban YMCA and Exceptional Lives for a special Pilot Training Session. Parents and professionals will join YMCA staff to learn more about Exceptional Lives’ free, easy-to-use Guides and Resource Directory, as well as how to connect to resources in their local area.

Thursday, May 4 (7:00-8:30pm)

Woman and child painting

Four years ago, my oldest son was diagnosed with autism. Soon after, our family moved from Atlanta to Boston. We did not live near any family or friends when we moved to the South Shore. Fortunately, we found a practice near us that specialized in the services Jack needed in those early days. The practice was open,