School Consultation and Parent Training

Transition Workshops for Schools, Professionals and Parent Groups


NESCA offers a wide variety of workshops offering both theoretical and practical information for supporting tweens, teens and young adults with developmental, learning, and/or emotional challenges. Here is a sampling of our most popular workshops on transition, but NESCA clinicians can also speak on a wide range of other issues relating to students with learning and/or developmental challenges.

Moreover, our trainings may be tailored to meet the needs of your school or organization. Workshops typically range in length from 1.5 - 3 hours, but can be abbreviated or extended upon request. Honoraria to speakers may be required. Please inquire by calling 617-658-9800.

But She’s Only 12

An overview of the post-secondary transition planning and assessment process. Particular focus will be given to why and how caretakers of children with special needs can start thinking about transition well before the age of 14. Participants will also learn key factors that make a difference in postsecondary life and strategies for developing these critical skillsets.

Assessments: The Cornerstone of the Postsecondary Transition Process

An in-depth look at why, when and how to conduct transition assessments for students with special needs. Presentation highlights include best practices of transition assessment, examples of formal and informal transition assessment measures, and the critical link between transition assessment and appropriate measurable annual IEP goals.

Using the Transition Planning Form to Your Advantage

A step-by-step review of the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Transition Planning Form (TPF). Discussion will include background information about the TPF including why and how to successfully use the form as part of the postsecondary transition process. Focus will be given to each part of the form including strategies for developing a student-centered postsecondary vision, creating effective action plan items, and transforming needs into IEP goals and services.

Strategies for Supporting Tweens, Teens and Young Adults with Social-Cognitive Deficits

Teaching, coaching, or parenting an adolescent requires awareness, patience, and having a wide variety of problem-solving techniques at your fingertips. This process becomes infinitely more complex when the student struggles with a social-cognitive deficit such as Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD-NOS, Nonverbal Learning Disability or ADHD. This talk focuses on the impact a social-cognitive deficit has on the individual, covering strengths as well as core deficits, and also shares a number of practical strategies for connecting with and supporting students with this learning profile.

Fostering Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy in Youth with Social-Cognitive Deficits

Research tells us that self-awareness and self-determination are central to the experiences of postsecondary success and satisfaction for young adults with social-cognitive deficits. Participants will learn hands-on techniques for teaching youth to identify and share with others their strengths, challenges, and support preferences. Best practices for disability disclosure and student involvement in the IEP process will also be touched upon in this talk.

“It’s Sensory”

Students with special needs often present with differences in the way they receive, filter, modulate, and integrate sensory information. This workshop educates participants on the basics of sensory integration and practical strategies designed to help students meet their “sensory diet” needs in the environments where they learn, live, and socialize.


NESCA Behavioral Services Trainings


School-Based Trainings

These workshops are all ready for presentation to your group. They feature a dynamic and interactive format with accompanying handouts and materials. Additional workshops can be developed to focus on specific clinical and behavioral issues to meet staff and student needs. Trainings listed can be provided in the following formats:

  • Train-the-Trainer format: Focusing on building capacity within your district or school, this workshop format is intensive skill-building experience including case studies, in depth training on intervention selection and practice creating effective behavior intervention plans.
  • Classroom Educators Overview: Training classroom teachers is an essential way to support students. Providing fun, interactive, trainings including easy-to-implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions will be taught. Workshop or lecture-style trainings are available.
  • Special Educator/School Mental Health Training: An advanced training geared to professionals consulting to teachers and student programs in schools. Including issues such has differentiating diagnosis, choosing appropriate interventions, identifying common school stressors, and promoting buy-in with teachers.

Trainings for Professionals

Rethinking Behavioral Interventions: Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four 13 to 18-year-olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning and social/behavior problems in school. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior is crucial, and using preventive strategies is key to successful intervention.

Effective behavior plans for these students must avoid the reward and punishment-based consequences from traditional behavior plans, and focus instead on the use of preventive strategies and on explicitly teaching coping skills, self-monitoring and alternative responses.

Behavioral and Educational Best Practices for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

About 10 percent of kids in school -- approximately 9 - 13 million students -- struggle with mental health problems. Whether they’re running out of a class, not doing their homework, disrupting others or quietly being defiant, their behavior is often misread and misdiagnosed. The frustration level teachers and parents face can be overwhelming, and traditional behavior plans are often ineffective and even unhelpful in addressing certain behaviors because they do not acknowledge the underlying causes

This training will provide empathetic, flexible, practical and effective strategies for preventing inappropriate classroom behavior from the start, and dealing with it once it’s already happening.

Accepting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Students with Oppositional Behavior

Children with oppositional behavior are usually the most challenging to include in the classroom, and the most stressful to manage at home. This workshop will outline how you can help a student with oppositional behavior comply, and perform better both academically and socially. Adults can do much to improve oppositional behavior in children, maintain demands, set limits, and foster school and homework productivity.

Reaching the Withdrawn Child

When we see a child who is withdrawn and shut down, parents and teachers will sympathize and make attempts to cheer up the student. When these attempts fail and the child continues to have low energy, to be irritable, and never express happiness, adults can feel at a loss. This workshop will give adults the right tools to make these students feel better and become more engaged.

Proactive, Preventative Approaches to Reducing Problem Behaviors by Students with Autism

90% of every effective behavior program is preventative. This workshop will review easy-to-implement, evidence-based strategies to prevent challenging behavior from occurring in children with autism.

Effective Intervention for Students with Sexualized Behavior

Sexualized behavior is relatively uncommon in school-aged children, but can be very upsetting to professionals and parents. Students display sexualized behavior for a host of reasons, and there is not a single common profile. For most students pointing out the behavior is inappropriate and it needs to stop is all that is needed, but for many the behavior will persist and requires specific interventions. Myths about sexualized behavior will be tackled, and practical and effective interventions taught.

Reaching the Classroom: Empowering Clinicians to Foster School-Based Positive Change

Available information about children with mental health disabilities can be pedagogical, clinical and theoretical. This train the trainer style workshop will combine our deep knowledge of a student’s psychological profile with research based behavioral principals, while most importantly translating these interventions into practical strategies that the classroom teacher can implement.


Parent Trainings


NESCA offers a variety of programs designed to teach effective parenting in a fun and interactive format:

  • Rethinking Behavior Interventions, Skill Building and Adequate Anxiety Management
  • Theory into Practice: Preventive Real-World Strategies for Children with Anxiety
  • Effective Strategies for Children with Sexualized Behavior
  • Helping Parents Reach Their Withdrawn Child
  • Avoiding Meltdowns and Oppositional Moments with your Child
  • Behavior is Communication: Understanding Children with Challenging Behavior
  • How Anxiety Affects Learning and Behavior
  • Understanding the Neuropsych Evaluation – Neuropsych 101
  • Beyond Medication: Treatments for Anxiety...Going Beyond Medication
  • Failure to Launch: What is Plan B?
  • But She’s Only 12! A Guide for the Transition Process
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