Neuropsychological evaluations are now available on Saturdays!

NESCA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists.

Seminars, Workshops & Events

Webinar: “Is My Child a Picky Eater or Problem Feeder?”

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM ET

NESCA Presenters: Abigael Gray, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist; Feeding Specialist

Lauren Zeitler, MSOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist; Feeding Specialist

Description: This free webinar will help parents/caregivers and professionals understand the difference between picky eaters and problem feeders.

Participants will learn the signs of these issues and address concerns surrounding both. Panelists will also discuss when feeding therapy is warranted and what that may look like.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://nesca-newton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sQyYom2OSXSuVbreZ6tXLw

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Webinar: “Supporting Students with ASD during Remote & Hybrid Education”

Date: Thursday, October 22 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM

NESCA Presenter: Dot Lucci, M.Ed., CAGS, Director of Psychoeducational and Consulting Services, NESCA

Description: This webinar, led by NESCA’s Director of Consultation and Psychoeducational Counseling Services Dot Lucci, M.Ed, CAGS, will help parents, caregivers and educators support their students with High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses.

Topics include:
-Managing Zoom behavior and challenges, such as interruptions and perseverative questioning
-Teaching flexibility in the midst of frustrating times
-Building self-awareness
-Maintaining connections virtually
-Identifying and fostering student strengths

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://nesca-newton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BvOAc6BSQ323sQW1WZBgQA

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Supporting Students Emotionally as they Return to School: Signs They May Need Extra Support Webinar

Date: Tuesday, September 29 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

NESCA Presenter:

Pediatric Neuropsychologist Moira Creedon, Ph.D.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://nesca-newton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PrIqM2c1QwqzLd7Au8gZsg

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Autism Educator Hangout

Date: October 7, October 21, November 4, November 11, November 18 and December 2, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET

Description: The Autism Educator Hangout is for educators and related service providers who serve students with ASD. All are welcome to join – classroom teachers, special educators, OTs, PTs, school psychologists, SLPs, BCBAs, etc. This group of diverse professionals highlight the fact that it takes a village to educate students with ASD. If we work together and learn from each other, ultimately the students are better served.

In this “new world” of hybrid, in-person and virtual learning, students with ASD may be presenting us with challenges. Some students may be doing better working remotely while others are struggling and won’t even attend “Zoom” classes. Some have heightened anxiety as they try to navigate in-person and remote learning.

These topics as well as inclusion, disclosure, transition, girls with ASD, stress management, strengths-based instruction, generalization of social skills/thinking and more will be discussed in our online meetings. NESCA’s Autism Educator Hangout will meet every other week and provide staff working with students with ASD an opportunity to network, learn together and from each other, share resources, ideas and perspectives and build a community of service providers who are passionate about serving this unique population of students.

The Facilitator will provide an overall structure and approach for a safe learning community where all are valued and have a voice. There will be a specific topic for each discussion with shared resources, articles, tools and more, as well as time for discussion for “hard to solve” cases. This is a rich opportunity for providers to come together to learn from each other and share ideas.

Participation in each session is appreciated.

NESCA Facilitator: Director of Consultation and Psychoeducational Counseling Services Dot Lucci, M.Ed., CAGS

NESCA’s Autism Educator Hangout will be facilitated by Dot Lucci, M.Ed., CAGS, who was trained as a special educator and school psychologist. Dot has taught students with ASD, designed programs for them, worked with parents and served on the Board of Directors of AANE and the May Center Early Childhood Human Rights Committee. She is a national consultant, speaker and author. Prior to joining NESCA as its Director of Consultation and Psychoeducational Counseling Services, she was the Director of the Partners Program/EDCO Collaborative and Program Director of Aspire/MGH.

Reserve free tickets in advance for this recurring seminar and discussion group:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-educator-hangout-tickets-122562825711

 

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Early Signs of Reading Challenges Webinar

Date: Thursday, October 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM

NESCA Presenter:

Pediatric Neuropsychologist Alissa Talamo, Ph.D.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://nesca-newton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4XOoaw4IS-e8xEkHt6ev_A

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Creating Roadmaps for the Lifespan 

Date: Monday, March 9th, 2020; 6:30 PM — 8:00 PM

Location: NESCA Plainville, 60 Man Mar Drive, Plainville, MA

NESCA Presenters:

Pediatric Neuropsychologist Erin Gibbons, Ph.D.

Transition Specialist/Consultant Becki Lauzon, M.A., CRC

To learn more about this event, visit: http://www.needhamsepac.org/calendar

To register for this event: Email: jhauser@nesca-newton.com

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Intelligent Lives – Film Screening and Panel Discussion — POSTPONED

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 7:00pm

Location: Pollard Middle School Auditorium, Needham, MA

Intelligent Lives challenges perceptions of intelligence as it profiles three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and relationships. The film highlights the important role that educators, employers, friends and family can play in supporting successful inclusion.

A panel discussion will follow the film featuring:

  • John Byrne, Senior Director of Employment and Day Services, Charles River Center
  • Erin Gibbons, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA
  • Brian Ziman, BCBA, Needham High School

We hope you can join us as we consider what we can do to make our community more inclusive for people of all abilities. For more information, please visit NeedhamSEPAC.org.

Presented by Needham SEPAC in partnership with Needham Diversity Initiative and Needham Human Rights Committee.

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LIFE ANIMATED Movie and Expert Panel Q & A — POSTPONED

Inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young Autistic man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.

Expert panel will answer questions after the movie.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020; Event starts at 6:30 PM (movie screening followed by Q & A session)

Location: Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium, 12 Green Rd, Bolton, MA

Presenters:

Jacki M. Reinert, Psy.D., LMHC, Nashoba Regional Parent and practitioner who maintains a private therapy practice in Stow

Renee Marchant, PsyD Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA

Rebecca Marie Gerard, LICSW

Donna Shea and Nadine Briggs, accomplished social educators, public speakers, authors as well as founders, operators and friendship facilitators at the Peter Pan Center in Boxborough, MA

Lucille Lee, owner and operator of Adaptive Fitness & Movement, LLC in Boxborough, MA an all-inclusive fitness facility providing fitness classes to individuals of all needs and abilities

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AANE Webinar: Transition Planning: Skills that Make a Difference in Long Term Success

Transition Planning is a journey, not a race. It requires a steady pace and a great deal of optimism, creativity and flexibility. Maintaining this mindset is much easier when we know, and focus on, the skills that will most impact postsecondary adult life outcomes. Join NESCA Director of Transition Services, Kelley Challen, as she explains why transition planning for adulthood needs to start early, describes the skills known to make the biggest difference in postsecondary transition, and provides tips on what you can do to build these skills.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Online

NESCA Presenter: Kelley Challen, Director of Transition Services

To register: https://www.aane.org/event/aane-webinar-transition-planning-skills-that-make-a-difference-in-long-term-success/

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AANE Webinar: Transition Planning: Guidelines and Timelines for Supporting an Individual with Autism

Every adolescent develops uniquely and every family has its own culture and preferences. However, some aspects of transition planning can take nearly a decade to complete and other aspects may include accessing time- or age-limited resources. For these reasons, it is helpful to have guidelines regarding when to focus on what and what to focus on when. Join NESCA Director of Transition Services, Kelley Challen, as she discusses a suggested timeline for carrying out transition planning activities in order to best support a young person with Autism across life domains as they transition toward postsecondary adulthood.

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Online

NESCA Presenter: Kelley Challen, Director of Transition Services

To register: https://www.aane.org/event/aane-webinar-transition-planning-guidelines-and-timelines-for-supporting-an-individual-with-autism/

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AANE Webinar: Transition Planning: Understanding and Accessing IEP Transition Services

Students with autism who participate in special education are entitled to an education that is designed to both meet their unique educational needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living afterward. The way that schools assist students on IEPs with postsecondary preparation is through “transition services.” But, what are transition services? And, where do they go in an IEP? Join NESCA Director of Transition Services, Kelley Challen, as she provides some basic information about how the law describes transition services, how an IEP team determines what transition services a student needs, and provides examples of transition services that are commonly useful and necessary for students with autism.

Date: Monday, June 22, 2020; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Online

NESCA Presenter: Kelley Challen, Director of Transition Services

To register: https://www.aane.org/event/aane-webinar-transition-planning-understanding-and-accessing-iep-transition-services/

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Past Seminars, Workshops & Events

Understanding Dyslexia and Supporting Struggling Readers

Alissa Talamo, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

February

Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPaN) Transition Roundtable Workshop

Kelley Challen, Ed.M, CAS, Director of Transition Services, Assistant Director of NESCA

February

Stressed out Students

Angela Currie, Ph.D., NH Director and Pediatric Neuropsychologist

February

Sexuality Education Workshop for Young Adults with Disabilities

Sophie Bellenis, OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Real-life Skills Program Manager and Coach

January

Neurodevelopmental Evaluations

Erin Gibbons, PhD., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

December

Innovative Treatments for Anxiety

Dot Lucci, M.Ed, CAGS, Director of Consultation and Psychoeducational Services

Billy Demiri, CPT, Personal and Social Coach

Meghan Meade, L.Ac., MAOM, MS PREP, CYT,

December

Webinar: Neuropsychological Evaluations for Neurodiverse Individuals

Renee Marchant, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

November

Autism and Trauma

Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

November

Reducing and Managing Academic Stress

Renee Marchant, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

November

Transition Planning for Life after School (Parts 1 and 2)

Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS, Director of Transition Services; NESCA Assistant Director

November

Autism and Trauma

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

November

Video Gaming – Addiction or Activity?

Dot Lucci, M.Ed, CAGS, Director of Consultation and Psychoeducational Services

November

When the World Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade: Techniques to Find Balance in a Stressful World

Dot Lucci, M.Ed, CAGS, Director of Consultation and Psychoeducational Services

November

Success is Not Always Spelled C-O-L-L-E-G-E: Post-secondary Options Other than Traditional College

Dina DiGregorio Karlon, Transition Specialist

November

Success is not spelled C-O-L-L-E-G-E

Dina DiGregorio Karlon, Transition Specialist

October

Preventing Failure to Launch: How to Prepare Your Teen for Life after High School

Dina DiGregorio Karlon, Transition Specialist

May

Stressed Out Students: Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Motivation and Learning

Angela Currie, PhD., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Stressed Out Students

Angela Currie, PhD., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Assessing Social Skill Challenges in Kids: Autism, Anxiety, Trauma

Renee Marchant, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Understanding Executive Function and the Impact of Self-Regulation on Learning

Angela Currie, Ph.D., Pediatrict Neuropsychologist

February

Anxiety in Relation to Learning/Developmental Disabilities and How to Address in the IEP

Erin Gibbons, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

January

Professional Development: Supporting Individuals with Autism, a Follow-Up Workshop

Kathleen Pignone, M.Ed., CRC, Transition Specialist

December

Decoding the Neuropsychological Evaluation

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

November

Professional Development: Autism 101

Kathleen Pignone, M.Ed., CRC, Transition Specialist

October

Webinar: Evaluating Children Under Age 5

Erin Gibbons, Ph.D., Pediatric Neuropsychologist

September

Webinar: Community Supports for Effective Transition Planning

Kelley Challen, EdM, CAS, NESCA Director of Transition Services

May

Late, Lost, and Anxious! – Technology to Support Executive Function

Dr. Angela Currie, Ph.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Heather Gray, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP, Gray Consulting and Therapy

Jennifer Stylianos, M.S., OTR/L, Gray Consulting and Therapy

May

Understanding School Anxiety and School Refusal

Ryan Ruth Conway, Psy.D.,  NESCA Clinical Psychologist

May

Modern Parenting: Helping Tweens and Teens Navigate Social Media

Kelley Challen, EdM, CAS, NESCA Director of Transition Services

Jacquelyn M. Reinert, Psy.D., LMHC, NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow

May

Stories of Motherhood – Making visible the precious invisible work of motherhood

True Story Theater

May

Smooth Transition Planning for Your Child with Special Needs – What happens after high school?

Kathleen Pignone MEd, CRC, Transition Specialist, NESCA

April

Providing Feedback to Parents, Even When They Don’t Want It

Ann Helmus, Ph.D., NESCA Director and Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Using Passion to Fuel Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Ann Helmus, Ph.D., NESCA Director and Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Overcoming the Blank Stare: Supporting Students with Writing Anxiety.

Ann Helmus, Ph.D., NESCA Director and Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Stressed-Out Students: A workshop on Undersatanding the Impact of Anxiety on Motivation and Learning.

Dr. Angela Currie, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at NESCA

March

Early Identification of Struggling Readers

Alissa Talamo, Ph.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Transition Assessment: When, What, & How

Kelley Challen, EdM, CAS, Director of Transition Services and Kathleen Pignone MEd, CRC, Transition Specialist, NESCA

March

Neuropsychological Assessments of Students with Complex Trauma: Helping Developing Brains Get Back on Track

Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

March

Transition Assessment and IEP Development: What, When, and How?

Kelley Challen, EdM, CAS, NESCA Director of Transition Services

February

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Trans Intersectionality

Jacquelyn M. Reinert, Psy.D., LMHC, NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow

February

Enhancing Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood

Jacquelyn M. Reinert, Psy.D., LMHC, NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow

February

Translating Neuropsychological Evaluations into Functional Appropriately Ambitious IEPs

Jennie H. DunKley, Special Education Consultant and Owner of JDK Communications
Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

December

Parent-Child Group Therapy

Dr. Ryan Conway

December

Affinity Method Consultation for Enhanced Treatment of Children with ASD

Rebecca Girard, LICSW, CAS

December

Transitioning to College with Autism: Practical Strategies for Successfully Managing the Process

Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS, NESCA Director of Transition Services

December

School Anxiety, School Phobia, and School Refusal

Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway

December

Neuropsychological Evaluations: Interpreting and Understanding

Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway

December

NESCA Workshop: School Refusal and the Back to School (BTS) Program

Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway

November

Life Outside of the House for Teens and Young Adults

Kathleen Pignone, M.Ed., CRC, NESCA Transition Specialist

November

Ensuring Appropriately Ambitious IEPS: Translating Neuropsychological Evaluations into Function

Jennie H. DunKley, Special Education Consultant and Owner of JDK Communications
Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D., NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

November

NESCA Workshop: School Refusal and the Back to School (BTS) Program

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D., NESCA Senior Neuropsychologist

November

Transition Workshop: Forget Failure to Launch! How to Support Your Teen or Young Adult in Getting Off the Couch and Involved in Live Outside the House

Kathleen Pignone, M.Ed. CRC

October

Fostering a Positive Parent-Child Relationship: The First Step in Behavior Management

Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway

October

Diagnosis of Students with Autism

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D.

October

Ron Suskind and The Affinity Project

Rebecca Girard, LICSW, CAS

October

Stressed-Out Teens: Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Learning

Angela Currie, Ph.D.

October

Best Practices for Diagnosis and Education of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D.

October

Strategies for the Management of Anxiety and Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom

Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D.

May

How to Conduct Parent Feedback During Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D.

May

Transition Basics: The Why, Where, and How of Transition Planning

Kelley Challen, Ed.M., C.A.S.

May

Strategies and Practices for Children and Adolescents, and the Adults Who Support Them

Ann-Noelle McCowan, M.S.

May

Demystifying Neuropsychological Assessments

Dr. Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D.

March

Hiding in Plain Sight: Shining Light on Women with Asperger/Autism Profiles

Sponsored by NESCA

March

Assistive Technology: Leveling the Field for Dyslexic Students

Courtney Rose Dykeman-Bermingham

March

Understanding Your Developing Reader: How to Identify and Address Reading Challenges in Children

Angela Currie, PH.D.

March

Smart Kid. Can’t Read.

Dr. Alissa Talamo, Ph.D.

January

“I can’t think when I’m stressed!” Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Self-Regulation, Learning, and Daily Living, and How to Help Students Succeed

Angela Currie, PH.D.

November

Stressed Out Students: How to Identify and Manage Anxiety in Kids and Teens

Angela Currie, PH.D.

November

Be The Parent You Want To Be: A New Way of Parenting Kids

Angela Currie, PH.D.

November

Executive Function Assistive Technology Applications: Your Phone As Your Frontal Lobe

Courtney Rose Dykeman-Bermingham, Transition Services Provider

October

The Impact of Anxiety and Self-Regulation on Learning and Behavior: Understanding the “Unmotivated” Student

Angela Currie, PH.D.

October

Anxiety and Homework: Helping Your Child Shift From Undone to Done

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D.

October

Let’s Make Sense of the Neuropsychological Evaluation

Reva Tankle, Ph.D.

September