Our Families Say 3

Parents from the PPAL groups on the north shore find that the support and help they’ve received is invaluable. Here’s what they have to say:

“Nancy emailed, “When I was at the end of my rope, PPAL helped a lot and extended my rope so I wasn’t so hopeless. The family support specialist was most helpful at the IEP last year; she goes above and beyond her role in any way she can when someone is alone in the “lion’s den.”

Deb writes: “There are not many places that we can feel welcome but when this happens it’s priceless. I have even gone so far as to recommend this service to others in different areas of Massachusetts because networking works!”

A new group member says, “My daughter and I were invited to attend one of the PPAL meetings held on a Friday night. I had heard that both my daughter and I would feel welcome. As a single parent, I was comforted by the fact that my daughter would meet other challenging children and have FUN with them. I was looking forward to having some time to myself and to meet other parents. I found that I am not the only parent who has moments of real despair, moments that I feel that the walls are caving in, moments when no one understands what it is like to have a child with special needs, moments when I am thought of as a mom who does not set limits or discipline my child, moments of sadness that my child feels different and has no friends, moments that I feel that I have no place to escape. We were met with warmth and smiles from everyone in the room. All the parents described his/her child’s plight with care and love in their voices. Every member of the family is affected by the special needs child. No one escapes. You believe that your child’s problems are insurmountable until you listen to others’ experiences. No one sits in judgment as everyone understands that what is most important is your child, you and your family. By hearing other peoples’ challenges you appreciate that you are not the only one who is suffering and feeling overwhelmed but the most important factor is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE ANYMORE. In the last two weeks, I have gained much insight, information and feel that our group leader is an angel from heaven. Her knowledge and understanding of all the challenges that we as parent face is most comforting and truly appreciated. It is with much gratitude and appreciation that I now know that my daughter and I have found friends that we can both enjoy.

Meryl states, “PPAL has been a great place to learn that there are other people out there besides me to are going through challenging times.”

Yet another parent, Brenda, writes, “I have always found ideas that were useful for my situation and the meetings are informative and confidential. The support group leader ALWAYS gets right back to me when I have questions or concerns.”

Finally, Tara tells us that “The world is a better place because of PPAL!”