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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

November 12th: Jessica Minahan Speaks at NESCA on Successful Interventions for Students with Sexualized Behavior

A Special FREE Evening Presentation

While relatively uncommon in school-aged children, sexualized behavior can be very upsetting to parents and professionals. It sometimes even results in students being removed involuntarily from the public schools.

Students display sexualized behavior for a host of reasons, and there is not a single common profile. For most students, pointing out that the behavior is inappropriate and it needs to stop is all that is needed, but for some, the behavior will persist and require specific interventions.

Jessica Minahan will tackle myths about sexualized behavior, and teach practical and effective interventions. Her talk will be of benefit to parents and professionals alike.

When:    7:00 – 9:00pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Where:  NESCA, 55 Chapel Street Lower Lobby, Newton, MA

This talk is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve seats, please call Amanda Renzi at 617-658-9800, or email arenzi@nesca-newton.com.

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, published by Harvard Education Press. Copies may be purchased at the event.

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 Level 1.

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.

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