barbaraA MOTHER’S JOURNEY

Take yourself back to 2000, it was a time when landlines were still a requirement, Facebook didn’t exist, and the thought of communication being limited was unreal. The reality though is sixteen years ago; we couldn’t share every detail of our life on over 500 Social Media platforms, nor did we ever realize that not everyone communicates the same.

For one Central New York family, the realization of different forms of communication came in 2000 with the birth of their third son. Graham Tresness, a nonverbal communicator with Cerebral Palsy is the son of Gregory Alan Tresness and Barbara Huntress Tresness based in Central New York.

While, the Tresness family searched long and hard for a way to communicate with their son, it would take years to find an answer. The first part of that answer came during their first trip to the Bahamas for the Upledger Institute’s Dolphin Assisted Therapy Program.

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Beyond A Charmed Life

A Mother’s Unconditional Love is an inspirational memoir about a mother’s love for her special needs son with heartfelt stories and a triumphant spirit of overcoming insurmountable challenges.

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The CHAT Collective

CHAT Collective inspires and empowers society to engage effectively with nonverbal and limited communicators through advocacy and education.

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Ultimate Yu

The journey for Barb Tresness, began with the birth of her third son.  “My youngest son was born with multiple disabilities.  He never slept, cried endlessly and seemed to be in constant pain.  I would have done anything to help him.”.

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The Graham Fund

The Graham Fund was created with the intention of providing funding for children who might not otherwise be able to attend the Dolphin Assisted Therapy Program.

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Updates From Barbara

Paying It Forward

Take yourself back to 2000, it was a time when landlines were still a requirement, Facebook didn’t exist, and the...

INSPIRE: Barbara Huntress Tresness in Syracuse Woman Magazine

CHATting Together  By Lorna Oppedisano | Photography by Gerard H. Gaskin Barbara Huntress Tresness lived a storybook life. She didn’t...

CHAT Collective:  Connecting Humans through Awareness and Technique

CHAT Collective: Connecting Humans through Awareness and Technique

Check out www.chatcollective.com for products designed to help the verbal community to communicate and socialize with Non Verbal Communicators (NVC’s)...

Boston Globe reviews “Beyond a Charmed Life”

Beyond a Charmed Life, A Mother’s Unconditional Love is an inspirational memoir about a mother’s love for her special needs son...

AccessCNY Partners with CHAT Collective to Offer New Guidebook

AccessCNY is pleased to be the first CHAT Collective Ambassador organization to offer a new guidebook on how to communicate...

Three Little Words

Barb Tresness is making it her mission to spread the word of her son, Graham, to help other nonverbal communicators...

I Became a Mom of a Special Needs Child

It’s March and it’s almost time to launch my new company:  Chat Collective.  I’ve traveled to NYC and Washington DC...

Manlius Family Receives Inspirational Service Award

Each year, the Grossman Family Innovation Award recognizes family members of people with disabilities who inspire others to give freely of...

Upledger Institute’s UpClose Newsletter Featured Graham and Barb

Upledger Institute’s UpClose Newsletter Featured Graham and Barb

Download the 2005 Newsletter the features Graham and Barb's experience with dolphin assisted therapy.