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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NESCA Behavioral Services by Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA

June 26, 2014

Led by Jessica Minahan, M.Ed., BCBA and incorporating clinicians from other disciplines, including neuropsychologists, counselors and yoga therapists, NESCA’s Behavioral Services department provides effective behavioral interventions to a variety of populations in multiple arenas.

Specialized in working with children who have complex profiles, such as those struggling with anxiety, depression, Asperger’s syndrome or autism, as well as with children who exhibit oppositional, sexualized and/or withdrawn behavior, NESCA promotes practical, evidence-based practices that can be implemented in both home and school settings.

From school staff training, behavior-intervention plan development and consultation to parent training and program consultation, NESCA helps parents and school professionals build capacity for the utilization of best practices with children.


Jessica Minahan is co-author of The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students (Amazon: 5 stars; 33 reviews), and author of the soon-to-be-released The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students With Anxiety-Related or Oppositional Behaviors.

“The Behavior Code is destined to become the handbook for every teacher who wants to understand what makes children do the things they do.”
--William S. Pollack, Harvard Medical School


Parent Training

NESCA offers a variety of programs designed to teach effective parenting in a fun and interactive format:
  • Rethinking Behavior Interventions, Skill Building and Adequate Anxiety Management
  • Theory into Practice: Preventive Real-World Strategies for Children with Anxiety
  • Effective Strategies for Children with Sexualized Behavior
  • Helping Parents Reach Their Withdrawn Child
  • Avoiding Meltdowns and Oppositional Moments with your Child
  • Behavior is Communication: Understanding Children with Challenging Behavior

School Staff Training

All of these workshops have been "road tested" and are ready for presentation to groups of any size. They feature a dynamic and interactive format with accompanying handouts and materials. Additional workshops can be developed to focus on specific clinical and behavioral issues to meet staff and student needs.

Please call 617-658-9833 for additional information.

Available Workshops
  • Rethinking Behavioral Interventions: Understanding and Teaching Students with Anxiety
  • Behavioral 
and Educational Best Practices for Students with Mental Health Disabilities
  • Accepting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Students with Oppositional Behavior
  • Reaching the Withdrawn Child
  • Proactive, Preventative Approach for Reducing Problem Behavior for Students with Autism
  • Effective Intervention for Students with Sexualized Behavior

School Consultation

It takes a village to support a child, especially students who often struggle despite best efforts to help them. With in-depth experience working in public schools, our staff collaboratively works with schools to identify how and why commonplace school factors, along with a student’s underdeveloped skills, contribute to challenging behavior. Hands-on demonstrations show best practices for intervening practicably and effectively.

Functional Behavior Assessments

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is a problem-solving process for addressing challenging behaviors. It is completed in order to understand why an individual engages in the behavior. Prior to increasing a desirable behavior or decreasing a problem behavior, an assessment is conducted to determine the antecedents that evoke the behavior and the consequences that maintain it.

This evaluation specifically focuses on the development of new skills to replace problem behaviors, by finding the causes of the problems and providing solutions. The FBA focuses on identifying the purposes of specific behavior, while guiding and selecting interventions to directly address the problem behavior.

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