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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Demystifying Neuropsychological Assessments - March 2nd

Understanding a child’s learning profile helps to gauge learning strengths and weaknesses, including how that student learns best and what is needed to adequately support his/her learning style. Comprehensive neuropsychological assessments can provide valuable insight into a child’s learning and emotional profile, including what may be hindering academic progress. 

In this workshop, child psychologist Elizabeth Lops, Ph.D., will provide information regarding the components of a neuropsychological assessment and when it may be helpful to seek an independent evaluation, as well as concrete suggestions for what to look for when ascertaining a neuropsychological assessment.

Thursday, March 2nd 
Commonwealth Learning Center
220 Reservoir St, Suite 6, Needham, MA

Topics covered will include:

  • Components of a neuropsychological assessment
  • What to ask for when requesting a neuropsychological evaluation
  • Differences between school-based testing and testing by independent evaluators
  • Factors influencing children’s learning progress

Admission is FREE, but space is limited and first come, first served. Please RSVP to info@commlearn.com or 781-444-5193 at your earliest convenience.

For more information about the presenter click here.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Still time to Sign up for Group Therapy at NESCA!

Drama Therapy Groups: 
Acting Games and Social Skills Development

  • 8-week group
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Mondays   
  • Preteens 
  • Improvisational acting games offer fun and structured ways to interact and make connections with fellow group members. Every game is used to teach key social skills and build each member's self-awareness and self-esteem. Some games have a simple structure, such as mirroring one another's movements. Some games involve acting out scenes you might see in real life. In an atmosphere of having fun, we will celebrate as each member's social confidence grows!

Mindfulness Groups: 

Mindfulness and Expressive Arts for Teens
  • 8-week group 
  • 5-6 pm on Mondays
  • Teenagers
  • Mindfulness is the practice of engaging in the present moment with compassion and non-judgement. It is an approach that helps with regulating emotions and attention - especially for those who experience anxiety. Practical ways to bring mindfulness into your everyday life.

Email Tonya White for more information or to sign up twhite@nesca-newton.com or fill out the intake form here

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come and See these Women Shine!

NESCA is Pleased to Present 

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

Workshop Co-Sponsored by

Keynote Speakers
  • William Mandy, DClinPsy Ph.D. 
  • Sarah Hendrickx, MA 
  • Liane Holliday-Willey, Ed.D. 
  • Erika Drezner, MSW, LCSW 
NESCA has combined resources with MGH/Aspire and AANE to present this timely and important conference on women with Asperger/Autism profiles. This conference covers many aspects pertinent to girls, teens, adults and their parents. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk in the cafeteria and designated lounges, throughout the day.

Friday, March 3, 2017 

8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH)
Bowles Conference Center's Shipley Auditorium
2014 Washington Street ~ Newton, MA 
For more information click this LINK
To learn about other NESCA Events check out our Facebook Page and Event Page!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

SMILE Mass Trading Post for Special Needs Equipment

SMILE  Mass Trading Post for Special Needs Equipment is a Facebook group that was created for the many deserving families who are raising children and adults with disabilities, and experience the struggle of getting the right equipment for their children/young adults with disabilities in a timely manner.

This group was created by SMILE Mass to allow the special needs community a forum to give away, trade or sell equipment that they no longer need and pay it forward to someone who would be able to use it.

If you would like to be part of this Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/388350928166682/, please sign up today and share with whomever you think may benefit from this program.

It was just created on January 11, 2017 - the first trades have already been made!

The intention is for this group is to extend across towns, states and even countries! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Asperger Syndrome and Adult Life - Sat. Feb, 4th

Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems

This is a full-day conference for adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS) or related profiles and family members of adults and older teens with AS/related profiles. Experts will explain the many public and private supports that may be appropriate for adults who live in Massachusetts.

Saturday February 4, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST

Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton Hotel, 320 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458

Link for more information:

Or check out the Facebook event page: 

Conference Workshops:

  • Asperger Syndrome Employment and Social Security Benefits
  •  Legal Planning and Alternatives to Guardianship
  • Public Vocational Supports
  • Healthcare
  • DDS
  • Person Centered Planning
  • Private Housing Options
  • Private Vocational Options
  • Thinking About Housing
  • Moving Out

NESCA's Newest & Cutest New Staff (Puppy)

Meet Abby!

Abby is the newest and cutest member of NESCA's Team! She is a 3 month old Portuguese water dog. Who loves meeting new friends and long naps . She will soon be starting her training to become a therapy dog! As a therapy dog she will be in the office to serve and support NESCA's clients. 

Some Fun Facts! 

  • Are Portuguese water dog hypoallergenic?
    • Yes!
  • Are therapy dogs different from service dogs? 
    • Yes! 
  • So, what is a Therapy Animal?
    • Therapy animals are generally though of as cats or dogs but other animals train for this. Their primary role is to comfort and provide psychological or physiological therapy to people other than their owners.
    • That means Abby is here for YOU! 
  • What if my child is afraid of dogs and doesn't want to meet Abby?
    • If your child does not want to meet Abby that is also completely fine, and Abby can stay in her office. She is here to help and wants what is best for you! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Apply Now for MAC's Young Adult Leaders Fellowship

Are you or someone you know a young adults with autism and/or intellectual disabilities, between the ages of 18-26 years old?


Then the Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) invites you (or the individual you have in mind) to apply to their Young Adult Leaders Fellowship Program.  

MAC invites young adults 18-26 with Intellectual Disability or/and ASD to apply for a state-of-the-art Young Adult Leaders Fellowship that offers an opportunity to learn the professional skills needed to advocate on behalf of other youth with disabilities.  The Young Adult Leaders Fellowship involves a one year part-time advocacy training under the direction of the Autism Center public information specialist and senior attorney. A small stipend is provided. 

Check out these links for more information and access to the application!

Application Due Feb. 15th 2017