Family Services

We encourage you to peruse other pages in our resource area as some of the organizations listed may also provide family services. For additional resources, visit our blog.

Associations

Asperger’s Association of New England

The AANE website offers a variety of resources for adults, teens, families and educators who work with people with AS.

Federation for Children with Special Needs

A Boston-based center for parents and parent organizations working together on behalf of children with a wide range of special needs and their families.

Independent Educational Consultants Association
A professional organization for those educational placement advisors working in private practice.

maaps
The Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools is an affiliation of many schools that serve students with special needs. Their webpage is a good source of information and includes listings and contact information for 'out-of-district' placements that may be sought by parents and districts.

MassPac
MassPAC at the Federation for Children with Special Needs is the statewide organization providing information, training and networking opportunities to Massachusetts special education parent advisory councils (PACs) and the professionals who collaborate with them.

SPaN (Special Needs Advocacy Network)
This organization provides information and resources to advocates, parents and other professionals, including lists of potential advocates for parents seeking assistance.

References and Resources

Brain Gains
New research and pilot fitness programs in schools are showing positive results that exercise helps the human brain learn.

Hallowell Centers
The Hallowell Centers offer comprehensive mental health diagnostic and treatment services to patients and their families. They provide a full range of diagnostic, medical, counseling, support and alternative treatment services for children and adults with learning issues, mental disorders and ADHD.

John Ratey, MD
Is a well renowned researcher, speaker and author, and has lectured and published 60 peer reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD and other issues in neuropsychiatry.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Department provides valuable information for parents interested in exploring their rights and responsibilities as they look for ways to get appropriate educational support for their children from within their home schools.

One Tough Job
This site is sponsored by the Children's Trust Fund and is a nice resource for anyone involved in parenting. It has a well written section under the School and Child Care tab that describes what parents need to know when coming into contact with the special education world in Massachusetts.

Organized4Kids
Products and resources for helping to keep your child's IEP organized.

School and District Profiles
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers detailed profiles of schools and districts on their website.

Special Education Camps and Programs

Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program

Lincoln, Massachusett’s Lovelane offers riding and equestrian vaulting programs and camps.

SPED Child and Teen
A resource for by parents, by a parent, on SPED classes, camps, schools and events.