We help teens and caregivers:
- understand the science underlying pain rehab and management
- follow doctors’ and therapists’ advice by providing visual tools that help you find a path that works for you
- celebrate every step that moves you forward
Born of Pain
This project was born of pain. Not my own pain, but my son’s.
My name is Nancy Darling. As a developmental psychologist, I’ve studied parent-adolescent relations in the US, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. All of that theory came crashing down when suddenly, out of the blue, my healthy, happy son had his first migraine. Within six months he was curled up in his bed, under the covers, in the dark, shaking from pain. School, friends, time with family – every simple thing that makes up the life of a healthy teen – seemed suddenly out of reach.
All the advice I was given – good research-backed treatment from some of the best specialists in the world – seemed impossible to implement and completely counter-intuitive.
“Send your child to school”
“Follow a strict diet.”
“Aerobic exercise, 5 times a week.”
“3 liters of water a day.”
“He’s got to meditate.”
Did they have any idea what it was like parenting a kid in pain? I got excellent advice, but it all seemed impossible when my son could barely stumble to the bathroom.
Our goal is to use cutting edge developmental science to help teens living with chronic pain take back their lives, one step at a time.
1step2life supports teens taking active control of their lives and parents as effective coaches
What does the 1step2life app do?
We provide teens with the knowledge and tools they need to plan how best to follow their caregivers’ instructions.
Then we provide information for parents so they can work effectively as coaches to support their child in their path towards better functioning.
Finally, we help teens and parents see and celebrate every step forward. Because when you’re in pain, making it from the bed to the couch is a victory and getting to school is a major triumph.
With chronic pain, it’s easy to feel lost, overwhelmed, and helpless. Our goal is to help you take those first steps towards a better life.