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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

But They’re Only 12: Why and How to Begin Transition Planning

From the Needham SEPAC
Special Education Parent Advisory Council

February 19, 2015

This workshop, which is free and open to the public, will include:
  • A brief overview of transition assessment, planning and services in Massachusetts with particular emphasis on why and how caretakers can start developing independence at any age.
  • Identification of key factors that make a difference in postsecondary life with specific focus on transitioning to postsecondary learning environments including a college setting.
  • Effective strategies for developing critical skillsets required for success and satisfaction in adult home, community and work life.
  • Community resources every caretaker should know about as they engage in the process of helping their child to become a more independent and self-sufficient adult.

When:   7:00 – 9:00pm Monday, March 9, 2015

Where: Broadmeadow Elementary School
                   120 Broad Meadow Road,
                   Needham, MA 02492


Kelley Challen, Ed.M., CAS is director of transition services at NESCA. She has over a decade of experience facilitating social, life, and career skill development programs for transition-aged youth.

Prior to joining NESCA, Ms. Challen founded an array of programs for teens and young adults at MGH Aspire and spent time as Program Director of the Northeast Arc's Spotlight Program, where she often collaborated with schools to develop in-district social skill and transition programming.

She is also co-author of the chapter "Technologies to Support Interventions for Social-Emotional Intelligence, Self-Awareness, Personal Style, and Self-Regulation" for the book Technology Tools for Students with Autism.

While Ms. Challen has special expertise in working with students with Asperger's Syndrome and related profiles, she provides transition assessment, consultation, planning and support for individuals with a wide range of learning and developmental needs.

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