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.

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.

Handwritten Valentine's Day Card

Valentine’s Day brings an entire month of love, appreciation, and warmth. It is a time when some celebrate, and others give a little extra care to those who matter most.

This Valentine’s Day, the Exceptional Lives team wants to thank you and express our admiration for all that you do for those in your life with disabilities.

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“When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.” —Elise Roy, lawyer, artist, human rights advocate

Youth Leadership Forum group activity

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) is hosting the 2017 Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in partnership with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and collaborators across Massachusetts.

YLF is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities, held annually in Massachusetts and other states across the country. YLF participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment,

Two hands reaching for each other

Four years ago, I sat on the floor of a pediatric neurologist’s office holding my son in my lap while he confirmed what I already knew in my heart was true – my son has autism.

Life Animated

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Ron Suskind’s thriving three-year-old Owen suddenly went silent. This moment will prove to be the start of Ron and Owen’s journey through autism.

For years after, Owen had a hard time sharing his emotions and connecting with others. It wasn’t until his passion for Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King emerged that Owen finally had the tools he needed to learn social cues and build relationships.