Neuropsychological evaluations are now available on Saturdays!

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

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

In this interactive performance for mothers, watch True Story Theater bring to life your true stories, of both rewards and challenges, in a theater of embodied empathy.

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2018  7:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Location: NESCA, 55 Chapel Street, Newton MA
  • Kindly register to acooper@nesca-newton.com by May 4th
  • Free parking and light refreshments provided
  • This free event is sponsored by NESCA

For more information, please visit www.truestorytheater.org

Webinar: Community Supports for Effective Transition Planning

Community Supports for Effective Transition Planning: Launching Youth with AS/ASD from the Classroom to the Community

Transition is the complex process by which an adolescent or young adult masters the skills necessary to function independently in postsecondary life. Often, skill development for school-aged students involves a high level of classroom-based skill development. For students with ASD, who struggle to match the social and environmental demands in novel situations and often have difficulty generalizing skill development across settings, community-based teaching, re-teaching, and supported practice of practical skills is a valuable and necessary aspect of successful service delivery. Moreover, it is a valuable tool for helping individuals participate maximally in their local communities. Community experiences may include services where an individual wants to work, live, play and gain further education as an adult. They additionally provide critical opportunities for development of self-determination and independence around living, social/communication, consumer skills, transportation, recreation and leisure.

Presenters: 

Kelley Challen, EdM, CAS is an expert transition specialist and the Director of Transition Services at NESCA. She has worked with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and Asperger profiles for more than a decade, spending several years designing programming at MGH Aspire and directing the Northeast Arc Spotlight Program. Ms. Challen specializes in comprehensive assessment, vocational/life skill assessment for students with complex disabilities, planning and preparation for college-bound students, and consultation, program development, and/or case management regarding post-12th grade programming.

Marilyn Weber is a retired parent consultant and veteran advocate who specialized in transition issues involving adolescents and young adults. For decades, she worked in schools and community agencies as a job developer, job coach, work study coordinator, school-to-careers coordinator, transition coordinator, parent and professional trainer, and parent consultant. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Weber spent several years worki

  • Tuesday, May 15th, 2018  10:30 am-12 pm
  • $25.00
  • Registration for the webinar is not yet open. Please email onlinelearning@aane.org to be notified when it opens.

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

Students nowadays are confronting significantly greater levels of stress and anxiety than ever before. Often times, this stress occurs alongside executive function and attentional difficulties that make it difficult for the student to manage increasing academic demands. In this workshop, we will discuss how executive function, attention, and stress intersect and ultimately impact a student’s academic motivation. We will then discuss assistive technology as a tool to support these challenges, addressing how to identify appropriate supports and how to develop an effective plan for their implementation.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define and understand executive function as a complex set of self-regulation skills
  • Understand how attention and anxiety intersect with executive function, resulting in motivation
  • Identify 3 factors necessary to effectively implement an assistive technology plan
  • Describe key features of assistive technology needed for executive functioning

4.5 continuing education credits or professional development units will be offered for this workshop.

Presenters:

Angela M. Currie, Ph.D., NESCA

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

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

  • May 17th, 2018 9:00am – 2:30pm
  • Location: Brookstone Park, Derry, NH

Registration: Registration is $119 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline in May 11th. Please register by calling or emailing Stephanie MacInnis at 603-818-8526 or smacinnis@nesca-newton.com.

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received prior to May 10th will receive full refund. Cancellations received after that date will not be refunded.

This event is Co-Sponsored by Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA). NESCA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all NH licensees. NESCA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Understanding School Anxiety and School Refusal

School refusal, including school phobia and school anxiety, is an increasingly prevalent yet often misunderstood condition among pre-teens and teens.

A student who experiences school-based anxiety and/or refusal to attend creates a crisis at home and a challenge for the school. The longer the student is at home, the less likely he or she will return to school. Join Dr. Ryan Conway to learn about the warning signs of school refusal and what you can do to help teenagers who demonstrate these behaviors.

Presenter:

Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the delivery of evidence-based treatments to children and adolescents. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral interventions for youth who struggle with anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Conway has a passion for working collaboratively with parents, schools and other professionals. She recently founded NESCA’s Back to School (BTS) program, an intensive treatment for school-refusing students.

  • Thursday, May 17th, 2018 7pm – 8:30pm
  • Location: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (Conference Room A)  390 Lincoln Street, Sudbury, MA, 01776

RSVP is suggested for materials preparation to lssepac.chair@gmail.com

Modern Parenting: Helping Tweens and Teens Navigate Social Media

As parents, we are often influenced by our own childhood experiences. But technology and social media present us with parenting questions and challenges for which we have no template. A transition specialist and pediatric neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow discuss strategies for helping to positively manage this modern day parenting puzzle.

Presenters:

Kelley Challen, EdM, CAS is an expert transition specialist and the Director of Transition Services at NESCA. She has worked with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and Asperger profiles for more than a decade, spending several years designing programming at MGH Aspire and directing the Northeast Arc Spotlight Program. Ms. Challen specializes in comprehensive assessment, vocational/life skill assessment for students with complex disabilities, planning and preparation for college-bound students, and consultation, program development, and/or case management regarding post-12th grade programming.

Dr. Jacki Reinert is a Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow who joined NESCA in September 2017. Dr. Reinert assists with neuropsychological and psychological (projective) assessments in the Newton office and Londonderry office. In addition to assisting with neuropsychological evaluations, Dr. Reinert co-facilitates parent child groups and provides clinical consultation.

  • Thursday, May 24th, 2018 6:45pm
  • Location: Willow Hill School, 98 Haynes Road, Sudbury, MA 01176

Past Seminars, Workshops & Events

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, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist at NESCA

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

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