Professional and Parent Training

Workshops for Schools, Professionals and Parent Groups

NESCA offers a wide variety of workshops providing both theoretical and practical information for supporting children, teens and young adults with developmental, learning, and/or emotional challenges.

Below is a sampling of our most popular workshops grouped loosely by content, but NESCA clinicians have a remarkably wide range of educational and clinical experience and can speak on nearly any issue relating to students with learning, emotional and/or developmental challenges.

Moreover, our training’s 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 or emailing

Neuropsychology, Anxiety, Learning Disorders, etc.

  • Stressed Out Students: Reducing and Managing Academic Stress
  • Decoding the Neuropsychological Evaluation: How to Make Sense of the Report in the IEP Process
  • Autism and Trauma
  • Assessing Social Skill Challenges in Kids: Autism, Anxiety, Trauma
  • Early Signs of Reading Challenges
  • Overcoming the Blank Stare: Supporting Students with Writing Anxiety
  • Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD) and its Implications for the Classroom Instruction

Postsecondary Transition Planning and Services

  • Only 12: Why and How to Begin Transition Planning
  • Assessments: The Cornerstone of the Postsecondary Transition Process
  • Venturing Outside of the Classroom: Community Supports for Effective Transition Planning
  • Using the Transition Planning Form to Your Advantage
  • Laws, Advisories and Guidance that Inform Transition Planning
  • The ABCs of Agencies: A Brief Overview of State and Public Supports
  • Strategies for Supporting Tweens, Teens and Young Adults with Social-cognitive Deficits
  • Fostering Self-awareness and Self-advocacy in Youth with Social-cognitive Deficits
  • Transition Assessment and Planning: What, When and How
  • Transition Planning: Skills that Make a Difference in Long Term Success
  • 15 Tips for Parents of Transition-aged Youth: Planning for Your Child’s Adult Life (Gain understanding of the basic components of transition in the education system, Learn about some of the most important skills needed for transition, and, Learn strategies to cover transition topics at home)

Occupational Therapy, Executive Function, and Life Skills

  • School-based Occupational Therapy: What is it? When should you ask for an evaluation?
  • OT: How to Target Goals and Build Skills at Home
  • Executive Function in the Era of Remote Learning
  • What Does EF Have to Do with Anything?
  • Understanding Executive Function and the Impact of Self-regulation on Learning
  • Venturing Outside of the Classroom: Community Supports for Effective Transition Planning
  • Sexual Health Education for Students with Disabilities

School Interventions and Inclusion

  • Creating Emotionally-supportive Classrooms
  • Breathe In, Breathe Out: Mindfulness and ASD Students
  • Group Work and Cooperative Learning with ASD Students
  • Social Competence as an Essential Piece of our Education Curriculum
  • Preparing Students for Life: Embedding Social-emotional Learning into Everything We Do

Autism, Anxiety, and Disclosure

  • ASD At Work: Utilizing Strengths and Accommodating Weaknesses
  • Managing the Employees with ASD
  • Why Does Mindset Matter?
  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Managing Anxiety in Individuals with ASD
  • Drains and Charges: Understanding Stressors and What to Do About Them
  • Diagnosis Disclosure: To Tell or Not to Tell
  • The Journey to Acceptance

Parent Trainings at NESCA

Throughout the year, 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