Tabitha Monahan, M.A., CRC, comes to NESCA with experience helping transition-aged youth, adults and their families navigate the complex systems of adult services. Ms. Monahan has over a decade of experience assisting individuals in determining and obtaining appropriate available resources and benefits. While Ms. Monahan has most recently worked with teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, she has expertise working with individuals with autism, severe and persistent mental illnesses, acquired and traumatic brain injuries, and those with complex medical disabilities.
Ms. Monahan’s in-depth transition assessments focus on a holistic approach that engages the individual in formal and informal measures to assist families and providers in developing transition plans which incorporate the person’s vision and abilities for their post-secondary life.
Ms. Monahan enjoys guiding families through the transition process and assisting them in determining the best programs and natural supports to help each individual continue to reach their optimum level of independence.
Through her role at NESCA, Ms. Monahan provides a wide array of services including, individualized transition planning, consultation, assessment, skills training and individual program development. In this role, she works with families, schools and collateral providers. Ms. Monahan is frequently involved with IEP team meetings, ITP transition meetings with state agencies and student progress meetings.
Ms. Monahan is particularly skilled in engaging adult service agencies and families to ensure a smooth transition. She is adept at facilitating financial literacy and self-advocacy skill-building through real-world and simulated opportunities. She also enjoys assisting transition-age youth in creating and achieving realistic goals through SMART Goal activities and frequent follow-ups to ensure the individual is engaging in steps to reach their goals.
Ms. Monahan received her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption University and is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Ms. Monahan is continuing her education and obtaining an advanced study certificate in transition leadership from the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Monahan is a member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA), where she has been a board member of the Massachusetts chapter since 2016.
Tabitha is an avid animal lover and has been rescued by her two cats and her very energetic dog. Tabitha can often be found volunteering for several organizations in her community or in nature, photographing landscapes.