You know it when you see it

When my son was 9, we had our first in home therapist.  This was a brand spanking new idea at the time so we could– and did — invent the service as we went along.  My son had had 6 hospitalizations, tried 20-something combinations of medications and gone to  (read more...)

Why Support PPAL

PPAL is the family
voice for children's mental health in Massachusetts. PPAL has worked for 20 years to promote good (read more)

Our Families Say...

Everyone is afraid of something: spiders, heights, fire, or the dark. On top of all of those, I have another fear. And it’s one  (read more...)


Family Voice

Proud To Be A Nerd

Nerd, geek, dork, dweeb, poindexter; words that used to have a nasty sting to them in the fifties and sixties have now either become a badge of honor or disappeared altogether. The nerds of the olden days have persevered, giving the nerds of today an intrinsic value to society; no small feat considering the social stigmas back then. But this isn’t about the pioneers, this is about us. Ever since the day I entered kindergarten, I have always expressed nerdy attributes. I was one of the smartest in the class, unathletic, asthmatic, and collected things. Elementary school was where  (read more...)