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Friday, December 2, 2016

SPARK at Boston Children's Hospital


Boston Children’s Hospital invites you to join SPARK!

SPARK is a large, online research partnership that seeks to improve the lives of people with autism through research. 


You can register online here (www.SparkforAutism.org/BCH). Boston Children’s Hospital is one of a network of clinical sites—autism centers and research institutions—that SPARK has partnered with across the country.

The goal of SPARK is to speed up autism research in order to gain a better understanding of causes and treatments for autism. 

Registration takes about 20-30 minutes, and we’d love to have you on board. 

Find out more about what’s involved on our SPARK FAQ page.

For more information, please contact Emily Matthews, clinical research coordinator, at 617-355-8300 and SPARK@childrens.harvard.edu.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Come & Learn About NESCA's New Therapeutic Options


NESCA invites you to join us, as we introduce our new therapeutic services!

  • Hear About our New Programs
  • Meet the Therapists   
  • Ask Questions  
  • We will also have a general discussion about therapy:  
    • What modalities do we use - and why?  
    • Who would benefit?

Please RSVP: info@nesca-newton.com

December 8, 2016, 7- 8:30 pm

Free of Charge

Location: NESCA, 55 Chapel Street, Newton - 1st Floor

Event details can also be found on the FaceBook event! Check it out! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Transitioning to College with Anxiety

For students with anxiety, the transition to college is often more difficult.

Parent of college students who are struggling with the transition to college, this one's for you:

From NorthJersey.comFor students with anxiety, the transition to college is often more difficult

The transition to college can be tough for most kids, but for those with anxiety, it can be even more difficult. As many as 1 in 4 children and adolescents are affected by an anxiety disorder and starting college presents another level of challenges — making new friends while fighting social anxiety, handling living in a dorm with obsessive compulsive disorder or simply functioning independently after parents handled many basic day-to-day tasks.

 “We have so many kids with anxiety — teenagers and young adults — they don’t even get out of bed on their own in the morning,” said Albano. “If a parent is still waking their senior high school student up in the morning for school, how in the world is that kid going to get up on their own for college. [There are] different things that seem small but they’re actually big.”

Here are a few more resources you might find helpful:
  • Your college's Disability/AccessAbility/Student Support office
  • You high school therapist
    • Maybe you can have a Skype session with them
  • NESCA's Transition Services 
  • NESCA's new theraputic services

Monday, November 28, 2016

NESCA Introduces Our New Therapeutic Services!


NESCA Therapeutic Services

Drama Therapy Groups: Acting Games and Social Skills Development
  • 8-week group starting Monday, January 23rd, 3:30-4:30 pm    
  • For ages 9-12
  • 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!

Expressive Arts Therapy for Individuals and Groups
  • With Tonya White, MA Expressive Arts Therapist & Mental Health Counselor
  • This multi-modal approach to therapy incorporates drama, dance, mindfulness, movement, and art as a way to help children and adolescents learn how to express and manage their emotions through creative expression. For those who have difficulty accessing traditional therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy can engage a range developmental levels and learning styles. 
  • And it's fun, so it offers a natural motivation to engage in the process. 

Mindfulness Groups:  Mindfulness and Expressive Arts for Teens 
  • 8-week group starting Monday, January 23rd, 5-6 pm
  • For ages 15-18
  • 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.
Individual and Family Therapeutic Services

Anxiety and Skills Coaching Program
Individual Cognitive Therapy (CBT)
Family Guidance Training

Email Dr. Elizabeth Lops to sign up: elops@nesca-newton.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Workshop - Be The Parent You Want To Be

A NESCA Workshop in New Hampshire:
"Be The Parent You Want To Be" A New Way of Parenting Kids


Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving parenting model is a strength-based, neurologically-grounded approach created by Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry that provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their children (ages 3+) through adolescence in the face of ordinary, day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, screen time, homework, bedtime – to more serious challenges.


It’s based on the understanding that many kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and focuses instead on building healthy relationships and thinking skills.


This All-day Workshop Will Help Parents To:

  • Shift their thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with their child/teenager
  • Reduce their child's challenging behavior
  • Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
  • Build their child/teen's skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving

Host: Dr. Angela Currie, PH.D, NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Currie specializes in the evaluation of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, anxiety in particular, conducting both neuropsychological and projective assessments. She also sees clients in NESCA’s Londonderry, New Hampshire office.

Presenter: Karen Kraut, MPH,Think:Kids Certified Trainer

Karen Kraut is a Think:Kids Certified Practitioner trained to lead Parent-to-Parent Overview groups in Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Approach. She is also the co-founder of Making Parenting WORK, which brings parenting education and support to the workplace so that employees can better manage the demands of work and family.

Karen has a Master of Public Health degree, is a candidate for an Advanced Professional Certification in Counseling Psychology, and has fifteen years of experience developing and leading educational workshops. She is married and the mother of two boys, ages 10 and 8 years old. She has been using Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach for years and has experienced the benefits directly with her children, spouse, and herself.

Saturday November 5, 2016
9:30am - 4:00pm

Cost: $195/person

Hosted by NESCA's Londonderry, New Hampshire Office

Workshop Location:
Marion Gerrish Community Center (MGCC)
39 W. Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire 

(This workshop will fill up fast – there will be only a limited number of participants so everyone can practice the skills being taught)

RSVP to: info@nesca-newton.com

Monday, October 10, 2016

NESCA Workshop on Anxiety & Homework on Thursday

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


Parent Workshop at NESCA in Newton

7-8:30pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016

Presentation Will Cover:


  • How is anxiety useful, and how to tell when it becomes a disorder 
  • The physiological processes that underlie anxiety and how they interfere with a child’s functioning 
  • The different ways anxiety disorders typically present themselves in children 
  • Why tension is a natural part of the parent-child partnership beginning in middle school 
  • The stages of behavior change and why they matter 
  • Strategies for helping anxious children
  • Tools to manage specific anxiety-provoking tasks


Presenters:


Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. has provided neuropsychological evaluations for children since 1997. Nancy_Roosa.jpgShe enjoys working with a range of children, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders, as well as children with attentional issues, executive function deficits, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, or other social, emotional or behavioral problems. Dr. Roosa's evaluations are highly-individualized and comprehensive, integrating data obtained from a wide range of standardized assessment tools with information gained from history, input from parents, teachers and providers, and important observations gleaned from interacting with the child. Her approach to testing is playful and supportive. Dr. Roosa has also consulted with several area schools, either about individual children or about programmatic concerns. She speaks to parent or school groups, upon request.

Michael Delman, CEO Beyond BookSmart


Massachusetts Distinguished Educator Michael Delman founded Beyond BookSmart, previously Thinking Outside the Classroom, in 2006 and serves as its CEO. In addition to being a highly MichaelDelman-1.jpgsought after speaker and Executive Function coach, he also helps the leaders of his team achieve greater levels of efficacy. Michael is also the co-founder of the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, MA, a middle school teaching over 350 students through the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school model. He served as McAuliffe’s founding principal and has been an active member of its Board of Trustees since 2008.  Prior to that, Michael taught in the Southborough Public Schools for eight years, during which time he received the Anti-Defamation League’s Teacher Incentive Award for creating a superior learning environment for his students. As an educator since 1982, Michael’s primary mission has always been to make learning relevant and to help young people find capacities in themselves that they don’t know they have.

Location: 55 Chapel Street, Newton , MA


Thursday, October 13th, 2016 - 7-8:30 pm

Cost: $15 per person

RSVP: email info@nesca-newton.com

Monday, October 3, 2016

Be The Parent You Want To Be

A NESCA Workshop in New Hampshire:
"Be The Parent You Want To Be" A New Way of Parenting Kids


Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving parenting model is a strength-based, neurologically-grounded approach created by Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Psychiatry that provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their children (ages 3+) through adolescence in the face of ordinary, day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, screen time, homework, bedtime – to more serious challenges.


It’s based on the understanding that many kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and focuses instead on building healthy relationships and thinking skills.


This All-day Workshop Will Help Parents To:

  • Shift their thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with their child/teenager
  • Reduce their child's challenging behavior
  • Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
  • Build their child/teen's skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving

Host: Dr. Angela Currie, PH.D, NESCA Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Currie specializes in the evaluation of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, anxiety in particular, conducting both neuropsychological and projective assessments. She also sees clients in NESCA’s Londonderry, New Hampshire office.

Presenter: Karen Kraut, MPH,Think:Kids Certified Trainer

Karen Kraut is a Think:Kids Certified Practitioner trained to lead Parent-to-Parent Overview groups in Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Approach. She is also the co-founder of Making Parenting WORK, which brings parenting education and support to the workplace so that employees can better manage the demands of work and family.

Karen has a Master of Public Health degree, is a candidate for an Advanced Professional Certification in Counseling Psychology, and has fifteen years of experience developing and leading educational workshops. She is married and the mother of two boys, ages 10 and 8 years old. She has been using Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach for years and has experienced the benefits directly with her children, spouse, and herself.

Saturday November 5, 2016
9:30am - 4:00pm

Cost: $195/person

Hosted by NESCA's Londonderry, New Hampshire Office

Workshop Location:
Marion Gerrish Community Center (MGCC)
39 W. Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire 

(This workshop will fill up fast – there will be only a limited number of participants so everyone can practice the skills being taught)

RSVP to: info@nesca-newton.com