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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Some Upcoming Presentations by NESCA's Director of Behavioral Services Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA

NESCA Director of Behavioral Services Jessica Minahan will be giving a number of interesting talks between now and the end of this year. Here is a partial schedule.

Not all are open to the public; some require membership or prior registration. Please call 617-658-9800 for more information about any that are of interest.

September 10, 2013
Parent/Professional Advocacy League Statewide Meeting, Westborough, MA, “Students with Sexualized Behavior”

September 11, 2013
State Street Working Parents Group, State Street Corporation, Boston MA, Panel Discussion: Topic TBA

September 26-28, 2013
Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference, Chicago Illinois - “Theory into Practice: Preventive Real-World Strategies for Students with Anxiety,” and Panel Discussion: “Understanding Child’s Behavior”

October 4, 2013
Asperger’s Syndrome Connections - AANE Annual Conference, Panel: “Practical Strategies for Achieving Success in School”

October 11, 2013
Special Needs Advocacy Network Inc., Waltham MA, “Rethinking Behavior Interventions, Skill Building and Adequate Anxiety Management”

October 18, 2013
Annual School Social Work Conference, Worcester MA, “The Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety-Related and Disruptive Behavior”

October 21, 2013
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association, Franklin MA – “Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety”
October 23, 2013
Academy MetroWest Parent Workshop, Natick MA, “Helping Parents Help Kids with Anxiety”

November 8, 2013
SEEM Collaborative District Training, Stoneham, MA, “Breaking the Behavior Code: Understanding and Teaching Students with Oppositional and Anxiety-related Behavior (Grades PreK-8)”

November 14, 2013
Annual ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Convention, Chicago, Illinois, “Understanding the Missing Link: Behavior, Anxiety and Dysphagia in Public Schools”

December 10, 2013
Cambridgeport School, Cambridge, MA, “Breaking the Behavior Code: Effective Strategies for Students with Challenging Behavior”

About Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA

Jessica Minahan is Director of Behavioral Services at NESCA. She is co-author, with Psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport, of  The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, and is currently completing a companion workbook.

Of The Behavior Code, Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, wrote, “Teaching is an art, but it’s one that can be improved with science. Based on what we have learned in the field of psychology, The Behavior Code gives teachers the tools to transform the behavior patterns of some of their most challenging students. By using this essential book, instead of punishing or writing off troubled students, we can get them onto a path for success.”

A speaker in demand nationally (see above), Minahan also blogs on educational issues in The Huffington Post (you can follow her and receive updates by email here).

Since 2000, she has worked with students who exhibit highly challenging behavior in both their homes and schools. She specializes in creating behavioral intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students with emotional and behavioral disturbances, anxiety disorders, high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Her particular interest is to serve these students by combining behavioral interventions with a comprehensive knowledge of educational best practices for those with both complex mental health profiles and learning needs.

Minahan holds a B.S. in Intensive Special Education from Boston University, and a dual master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Wheelock College. She has a certificate of graduate study (CGS) in teaching children with Autism from University of Albany, and received her BCBA training from Northeastern University.

Her additional Massachusetts and other professional certifications include Teacher of Students with Special Needs (Pre-K through 9), Intensive Special Needs (All Levels), Professional Early Childhood (Pre-K through 3), Special Education Administration (All Levels, Initial), Crisis Prevention Intervention Trainer and Wilson Reading Certification, Level 1.

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