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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

AASC: The Anxiety & Attention Skills Coaching Program at NESCA

Intensive Self-Regulation Instruction for Children & Teens

The Anxiety & Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program at NESCA is a time-limited, intensive outpatient intervention focused on developing self-regulation skills in children and adolescents aged 8 – 18, whose anxiety and/or attentional difficulties significantly interfere with their ability to fully and constructively engage in their academic, social, recreational or home environments.

It is designed for children and adolescents who, for a variety of reasons, cannot wait a year to make progress in traditional once-weekly interventions, or whose parents report, “We tried individual therapy, and it did not work.”

Its individualized interventions encourage quick acquisition of skills through personalized psycho-educational plans and aids, as well as opportunities for generalization to outside environments.

AASC is a 12-week program involving three sessions per week with the primary clinician, and 1 one-hour session per week of yoga therapy.  Specific interventions utilized are highly individualized based on the child’s needs and interests. Strategies utilized include psycho-educational, cognitive-behavioral and emotion processing techniques, mindfulness, self-monitoring methods and behavioral rewards systems.


  • AASC’s concentrated, direct teaching of self-regulation skills is unique, and succeeds in achieving a significant reduction of anxiety and improvement in self-regulation in a short period of time;
  • Its approach effectively addresses both the "mind" and "body" aspects of self-regulation;
  • With diverse backgrounds, AASC staff members have wide-ranging experience in working with children, adolescents and adults suffering from anxiety disorders and attentional dysregulation;
  • AASC clinicians work very closely with clients’ families and their schools;
  • Progress is systematically monitored using standard assessment tools;
  • AASC supports are faded over time and generalized to the home and school environments;
  • Generalization and follow-up maintenance optimize the likelihood of sustained, long-term improvement, reducing or eliminating the need for more intensive placements in the future.

If you have any questions about the AASC Program, please feel free to call to call Program Director Dr. Angela Currie at 617-658-9825, or email acurrie@nesca-newton.com.

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