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Welcome to NESCA

Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents is a pediatric neuropsychology practice and integrative treatment center with offices in Newton, Massachusetts, Plainville, Massachusetts, and Londonderry, New Hampshire, serving clients from preschool through young adulthood and their families. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Ann Helmus, the practice now includes a growing number of experienced neuropsychologists, transition specialists and other skilled practitioners. From the first, we have worked very hard to set new standards for strong evaluations conducted with genuine warmth in a “non-clinical,” low-stress environment, with the goal of creating enduring and productive relationships with the people we serve.

What We Offer...

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Thorough evaluations; insightful reports; persuasive recommendations.

International Evaluations

Streamlined service delivery and logistical support for the traveling family.

ASD Diagnostic Clinic

Comprised of specialists with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder, who provide ASD Diagnostic Testing for the early detection of ASD in children ages 2 to 5.

Transition Services

A specialized team approach to transition assessment, consultation, planning and support.

School Consultation and Parent Training

A wide range of services in support of schools (public and private) and parents.

Occupational Therapy Services

Services specifically designed to help children, adolescents and young adults have success in any environment or activity where they want to perform better.

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech-language pathologists assess and treat difficulties with communication and feeding/swallowing.

Feeding Therapy Services

Evaluation of feeding skills; recommendations to make mealtimes successful and positive for everyone.

Integrative Treatment

Psychoeducational counseling; Personal and social coaching.

Referrals and Other Resources

Extensive referral database of qualified professionals and other practitioners.

Types of challenges we typically evaluate and treat:

  • Reading problems (including dyslexia) and academic issues
  • Language-based, nonverbal and other learning disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum and Social Communications disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
  • Executive functioning deficits
  • Emotional issues including anxiety and depression
  • Trauma and stress-related disorders
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Complex presentations that don’t fit neatly into a diagnostic category

I wanted you to know that we finally reached a comprehensive agreement with our school district for (our son’s) case. While many people made this happen, we are chiefly indebted to you. Your skilled analysis at each step made it possible for us to credibly demonstrate his needs. Additionally, though, your testing and thoughtful analysis has done more than anything to help us, as parents, understand how (our son’s) brain sees the world. For this, we can never repay you.

A grateful parent

Over the last 10 years, you have consistently been a source of support and advice, rescuing the most difficult situations. You have always accommodated my needs to fit within your hectic schedule. Words cannot express my appreciation.

Parent - Arlington, MA

NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents) is most highly regarded throughout the region. NESCA’s outreach and community service programs are outstanding. Throughout, Ann’s leadership is evident in terms of quality control and attention to the client’s unique needs. In summary, I heartily recommend Dr. Helmus as a professional who understands the complexity of children with various learning and social/emotional challenges. She is a master of helping parents understand how to help their children.

Head of a Private School for Children with Learning Disabilities

If you’re looking for a thorough and comprehensive transition assessment and/or consult on other options, try NESCA. They are pricey, but worth it and do excellent follow up consulting with Teams. If you don’t need the whole bundle, they can help with recommending other appropriate evaluators.

Educational Advocate