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.

Adaptive sports bike riding

June 17th, 2017 (11am-3pm) – All ages, abilities, and physical and cognitive challenges are invited to this year’s Adaptive Sports Fair at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, MA. Attendants will experience hands on exhibits and demonstrations that showcase the many types of equipment and fun available through the McGraw Center Adaptive Sports Programs.

Children sliding down purple slide

But, I just poured my coffee.  

You know that feeling when you pour that first cup of hot coffee in the morning? The mug warming your hands while you breathe in the rich aroma and gently ease into your day.

No, you don’t remember that? That’s probably because you’re a parent.

World Autism Awareness Day Logo

World Autism Awareness Day
March 31, 2017
United Nations, New York City  

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” – Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Assosication for Play Therapy Logo

 

Children are mini social scientists. They look at the world around them and try to make sense of it.

 

But young children with special needs face extra challenges in interpreting this world. When they have trouble understanding what is real and what is pretend or imagined, their thoughts and concerns can be overwhelming.

Para rowing - two females on water

Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) is looking for new participants for their ongoing rowing program for people with disabilities. This USOC Paralympic Sports-approved rowing club offers recreational and competitive programs for people with physical and cognitive disabilities in the Greater Boston area.

boy playing with toy train

Whether it is trains, elevators, or film, the preferred interests of those with autism bring about a unique way of interacting with the world. The reasons why those with autism choose to prefer certain objects, concepts, and language is something that is challenging to define. However, a new study shows that these fixations have calming effects and could prove useful to acknowledge and encourage into adulthood.

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,

OT and child in playroom

Jane Hannafin, MS, OTR/L, RYT is the director of Skills for Life, a program of the Ivy Street School. In this post, she shares her thoughts on the pressing need for more in-home therapy options for young adults with disabilities and their families.

Kids in gym class

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.