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Respite and Recreation

Most children with disabilities live at home with their parents or other close relatives. These programs are designed for this population, supporting quality of life and helping families prepare for the future of their loved one with disabilities.

Musical Book Club

Musical Book Club is available via Zoom to children with disabilities to help them develop and deepen friendships through literature, music, and movement. Participants read books and poetry, tell jokes, share stories, learn ASL signs, and sing and dance.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is an evidence-based practice that promotes growth and positive change through singing, instrument play, movement, music, and relaxation.


Sibshops is a nationally acclaimed program of fun workshops for kids ages 8-12 and teens 13 and up who have siblings with special needs. Each Sibshop gives participants opportunity to participate in recreational activities that encourage sharing, laughter, and fun! Kids will have the chance to meet and connect with other kids, who also have siblings with special needs. 

Our monthly meetings include fun activities like laser tag, snow tubing, pottery painting, and other exciting field trips. At Sibshops, siblings will:

  • Meet other siblings of children with special needs and have a great time together
  • Obtain peer support and education in a fun and recreational environment
  • Share experiences in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, with other siblings who understand
 Registration is open to anyone. Check out our flyer

Special Education Advocacy

Special Education Advocacy specializes in helping families of children with autism. We provide education, research, successful referrals, and service coordination through various transition points, including first diagnosis, entering the school system, and during development of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Disability Lifespan Solutions

Throughout various transitions in a person’s life, there may be a need for guidance with signing up for benefits, navigating medical issues, making short and long term plans, and more. Disability Lifespan Solutions helps families promote the lifelong well-being of people with a variety of disabilities.

For more information, contact Manager of Programming for Children with Special Needs, Valerie Maio, at or 781-409-1919. 

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